Bangkok’s not short on time-stamped temples, but the grounds at the Grand Palace house some of the best. That’s where you’ll be heading first today. Built in 1782, this place showcases Thailand’s royal history to a T. One of the highlights is Wat Phra Kaeo – home to a Buddha made entirely from jade. The temple’s even guarded by huge demon-like statues, which were gifted by Chinese merchants. Another temple to tick off is the mini-replica of Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat. You’ve seen the Emerald Buddha, now it’s time for a reclining one. You’ll find this giant gold leaf-covered sculpture at Wat Pho. Next, you’ll spend the rest of the day off dry land, as you hit the water for a cruise down the Chao Phraya River. You’ll hop off at a waterside restaurant for lunch, before getting back onboard for a trip along Bangkok’s canals. En route, you’ll visit Wat Arun – Bangkok’s well-photographed spired temple.
You’ll need to dress modestly when visiting religious sites. Knees and shoulders need to be covered, you’ll also need to take off your shoes before entering the temples. Photography and filming isn't allowed in the main chapel at the Emerald Buddha temple. The journey time to these stunning sights is approximately 2 hours each way.
- SUITABILITY Moderate physical activity.