Grand Palace & Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha)

Visiting: Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, Emerald Buddha Temple or Wat Phra Kaeo

Duration: 4 hours

If you have limited time in Bangkok, but want to experience its most famous and impressive site, then join us for this short tour of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew.

Situated in the heart of the city, this sprawling complex was initiated by King Rama I in the late 18th century and has been renovated extensively since. Its numerous palaces once housed Thailand’s successive kings, with the largest, Chakri Maha Prasat, the most spectacular, blending both Thai and Western architectural styles. Although it is no longer the royal residence, the Grand Palace still remains as the symbol of the kingdom.

The walled city’s most famous building is undoubtedly the Emerald Buddha Temple, or Wat Phra Kaeo. Considered one of the most beautiful Buddhist temples in Thailand, it houses the highly revered Emerald Buddha that has been carved from a single block of jade, as well as stunning paintings depicting scenes from the epic “Ramayana”.

This tour provides an ideal introduction to the local Buddhist faith, as well as the regal splendor and traditions of Thailand’s royal heritage.

NOTE: This tour is only possible for cruise ships arriving between 4am and 10am. Please note that if your ship docks at Leam Chabang, it takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours one way between the port and Central Bangkok.


Lunch is not included in the cost of the tour, but we will suggest options for local Thai restaurants and provide ample time for you to have a sit-down lunch.


Casual, but no see-through clothes, bare shoulders, shorts or tights. Please wear closed shoes, rather than flip-flops.


As Wat Phra Kaew is the most sacred temple in Thailand, you must wear appropriate clothing that covers both your shoulders and knees.

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