Taking a Bangkok Sightseeing Tour is a good way for first-time visitors to Thailand to navigate the city. There is a wide choice of Bangkok tours to choose from. The most popular Bangkok tours are the Grand Palace, Temples, Floating Markets, Cabaret & Cultural Shows, River & Canal Cruises.
In the evening, there are several popular romantic sunset dinner cruises that sail up and down the river making a slow circuit of the riverside sights between Taksin Bridge and Krung Thong Bridge passing Wat Arun, The Grand Palace, Memorial Bridge, and Rama XIII Bridge. This is a great way to see the riverside sights from the water after dark.
There is a choice of large river cruisers through to smaller more intimate old converted wooden rice barges. Most of the top riverside hotels also offer their own cruises. Entertainment ranges from live bands playing western music to Thai cultural shows while dining choices include International buffets, set menus or a la carte dining, so be careful to choose a cruise that suits your preferences.
The cruises leave between 17.00-19.30 nightly lasting 2-2.5 hours and usually from the River City or Yodphiman piers. Costs vary from a fee for the cruise plus a bill for whatever you order from an a la carte menu through to fixed price buffets or set menus. In general, expect to pay between 950-1500 baht per head and up to 2500 baht for the top hotel or gourmet food cruises. Click here to see a list of the most popular Dinner Cruises.
The Bangkok Tram City Night Tour runs nightly visiting 9 of the must-see sights around the old city. The tour is aboard a replica tram with an English-speaking guide providing commentary. The tour starts at 20.00 and lasts for 90 minutes. The tram is a replica of one that used to run on tram lines in Bangkok from 1888 to 1968. Thailand was the first country in Asia to have a tram-line.
You can book tickets at most Khaosan travel agents. Tickets are 450 baht for adults, 225 baht for children from 4-14 years old and free for children under 6 years old. The tram departs from the retro Hotel De Moc at Ban Tham Phon just off Wisut Kasat road in Banglamphu.
Hotel De Moc Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ccNTDyHFD8Q2
The tour visits Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, Democracy Monument, Wat Ratchanadaram, City Pillar Shrine, Grand Palace, Wat Pho, The Golden Mount, The National Theatre and ending at Santichaiprakarn Park on Phra Athit Road. This is a great way to see the old city at night with some excellent night-time photo opportunities. There is English commentary throughout the tour. Free drinking water. Dress respectfully as temples are in the tour.
Tickets can be purchased from the Hotel De Moc or from travel agents on Khaosan Road as well as by email at [email protected] or by phone on 02 282 2831.
A dinner & tram option ticket is available with a three-course set Thai meal at the Hotel De Moc starting at 18.00 until 19.45. This has to be booked in advance and costs 900 baht for the meal and tram. There are 3 menus to choose from.
Giants City Tour is a new hop on hop off bus service that travels on a circular route taking in the major sights of Bangkok. You can stay on the bus for the entire circuit or hop on and off as many times as you want along the route, which has 15 stops. The entire circuit takes 3 hours. The route starts at Siam Paragon and stops along the way are Hualamphong Station, Chinatown, Little India, Chao Phraya River Walk, Wat Pho (for Museum Siam & the Grand Palace), the Giant Swing, National Museum, Banglamphu, Khaosan Road, Wat Benchamabophit (Marble Temple), Ratchadamnern Boxing Stadium, Golden Mount (Wat Saket) / Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, Samyan, Patpong & Silom. The buses are air-conditioned single decker.
The bus runs every 40-60 minutes starting at 08.45 from Siam Paragon with the last bus leaving at 16.45. There is an onboard assistant and English & Chinese audio guides are available. A Standard 24-hour ticket costs 850 baht for adults, 450 baht for children. Children under 4 can travel free. There are also Premium 48 & Deluxe 72-hour tickets costing 1150 baht & 1350 baht for adults and 600 / 700 baht for children. Prices include audio guide & headphones. Tickets can be purchased on the bus with cash or major credit cards. Click here to book tickets online.
There are several companies offering guided cycling tours usually in small groups and are a good way to see a side of the city that is often hidden and you won’t see from the tour bus or taxi. Some popular routes are night tours of Rattanakosin, and day tours of the Thonburi khlongs and Chinatown. These tours are mostly off the beaten track sticking to the back streets thus avoiding the busy traffic on the main roads.
The best time to take a daytime tour is early morning or late afternoon when the weather is cooler. There are also some good tours to places on the outskirts of Bangkok taking in small villages, waterways, and temples or further afield to the historical city of Ayutthaya or the floating markets of Amphawa. These tours include conventional transport there and back, picking up the cycling route when you arrive. Most tours include a bike, guide, map, helmet, water, and snacks or a meal.
Read more about Cycling in Bangkok at http://touristbangkok.com/entertainment-activities/
Don’t just spend all your time in the city. There are some great places within easy reach of Bangkok. The most popular destinations are the ancient city of Ayutthaya, the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi and the floating market at Damnoen-Saduak.