A cityscape full of grand temples, floating markets and hurtling tuk-tuks, Bangkok is an absolute joy to discover. What I’ve noticed, though, is on your first visit it’s often hard to know exactly where to go and what to see – after all, there are just so many options. Luxury tours are probably the simplest way to see the very best the city has to offer without losing your way, so it’s these I’m going to focus on today.
Before I get started, I’d just like to point out that your chosen hotel should also be a brilliant source of information once you arrive, so don’t be shy about asking for advice about places to visit, tours to take and where to eat.
But enough chit-chat – let’s move on to the tours themselves.
As I’m sure you’re aware, Bangkok is world-famous for its amazing temples – and so it should be. The city is teeming with these incredible buildings, which makes seeing them an integral and – thanks to their numerousness – easy thing to do.
Going on an organised tour will help ensure you see some of the very finest temples Bangkok’s home to. Some of the buildings on your itinerary could include Wat Pho, which is more commonly known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha; as you may have guessed, this is where you can see the city’s celebrated 46 m long reclining Buddha statue – complete with mother-of-pearl feet.
Wat Traimit is another temple you might visit – and one that’s also home to a gold Buddha image. This one’s a bit smaller at 3 m tall, but still incredibly impressive – especially when you consider 5 tonnes of gold has gone into making it!
The Grand Palace is one of Bangkok’s icons. Around 200 years old, it was (unsurprisingly) once the seat of royal family and also the government, but these days its primary function is as a tourist attraction. That’s good news for you and me, since there are just so many awe-inspiring buildings to explore here.
You can take a half-day tour to see the highlights, which include the magnificent throne rooms and the beautiful grounds. Without doubt, though, the piece de resistance is Wat Phra Kaew, or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which houses the sacred Emerald Buddha statue. Interestingly, it’s actually made of jade – ’emerald’ describes the shade, rather than the material.
Bangkok Bike Rides
There are several great ways to see the city, but I think there’s a lot to be said for taking a bicycle tour. Not only does this offer something a bit different from your average walking itinerary, but it’s also a good way of exploring a wider area while really immersing yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of the city.
A few companies offer bike tours, with Bangkok Bike Rides being one example (by the way, this is a division of SpiceRoads Cycle Tours, so you might hear it referred to as either), which offer tours like the Bangkok Sunset Route. This starts at Golden Mount, which gives you gorgeous views of the metropolis, before taking you around the main sites and ending up watching the sun going down behind the Temple of Dawn (also known as Wat Arun).
About The Author:
Kristy Moore is a reputable travel writer with a love of seeing the world and sharing her experiences. For this article she worked closely with Hayes and Jarvis holidays, on their site it is possible to find a range of hotels offering luxury options for those heading to Bangkok.