TRAVEL DATE: 1st March 2015
At the weekend I took my Aussie cousin and her partner for a boat and temple tour of Bangkok. This is very similar to tours I have done before for other visiting relations. It includes three temples, a riverside market and a boat trip. The temples are among the top 10 for Bangkok and provide a nice variety of architecture and features. Doing a boat trip is always a bonus for me. The day tour was about 5-6 hours wasn’t too exhausting. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see those pictures and reports.
The following map shows the places that we visited during the trip:
LIST OF PLACES WE VISITED:
|BTS Saphan Taksin||สะพานตากสิน||13.718958 100.513814|
|Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha||พระบรมมหาราชวัง||13.752182 100.491169|
|Chang Pier||ท่าช้าง||13.752354 100.488394|
|Bangkok Noi Canal||บางกอกน้อย||13.763107 100.478927|
|Taling Chan Floating Market||ตลาดน้ำตลิ่งชัน||13.776356 100.456607|
|Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn||วัดอรุณราชวราราม||13.744027 100.489252|
|Wat Pho – Temple of the Reclining Buddha||วัดโพธิ์||13.746385 100.492182|
PHOTO ALBUM – We started our day tour at Saphan Taksin which has an easy connection between skytrain and express boat. The trip upriver was only 15 Baht each. We got off at Chang Pier for the short walk to the palace. Ignore the people who try to tell you it is shut for the day. Entrance to the Grand Palace is 500B. This seems a lot, but it includes entry to Vimanmek Teak Mansion & Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. After the palace, we went back to the pier where we negotiated a boat tour of Bangkok Noi Canal. We paid 900 Baht for the three of us. Don’t be tricked into paying per person. During the boat trip, we stopped for half an hour at Taling Chan Floating Market for some snacks. Instead of finishing back where we started, I asked the boatman to drop us off at Wat Arun. This has some fine views of the Chao Phraya River from the top of the pagoda. Next, we took a 3 Baht ferry boat to the other side of the river where we walked a short distance to Wat Pho to see the Reclining Buddha. Entrance here is 100 Baht per person. This is where we finished our tour. We returned by taxi, but you could also catch a river express boat from the nearby pier.