Experience culture, religion and urban life in the Thai capital's most historic districts via a motor launch cruise along its river and many canals. By boat, visit the imposing riverside Temple of the Dawn, the Wat Arun, and the fabulously decorated Royal Barges used in river festivals and processions, stopping for lunch at a leading hotel. By coach, travel to the Grand Palace, the former royal residence of the King of Siam that is home to a priceless emerald Buddha. Includes a narrated orientation drive to and from the port.
Depart the port for a 2.5 hour drive to Bangkok, the City of Angels, and board a chartered motor launch for a journey into the canals and river that traverse this fascinating city. Stop at the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) whose 260 foot spire silhouette is often recognized as the symbol of Thailand. The temple is dedicated to Aurna the Indian God of Dawn, and is built on the site of the palace King Taksin.
Continue on your motor launch with a visit to the Royal Barges. The barges are fabulously ornamented boats that are used during Thai festivals and processions on the river.
Lunch will be served at a leading hotel. After lunch, continue by coach to the Grand Palace, once the Royal Resident of the King of Siam. Within the compound is Wat Phra Kaeo, the chapel of the Emerald Buddha, which is home to undoubtedly one of the world's most precious image of the Lord Buddha. After your visit depart Bangkok for the 2.5 hour return drive to the ship.
Notes: Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.6 miles over uneven surfaces with 25 to 30 steps. Time permitting; guests will have approximately 35 minutes for shopping and browsing. Please note that the Throne Hall and Coronation Hall inside the Grand Palace are closed on Saturdays and Sundays to the public. Conservative attire is recommended when going ashore on this tour. No exposed shoulder or knees. Short pants and tank tops are not acceptable. The drive to/from Bangkok is approximately 2.5 hours, dependent upon traffic conditions.