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Explore! The Old Siam

Bangkok, Thailand
Explore! The Old Siam
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icon7 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Get in touch with Bangkok’s historic side during this 7-hour guided exploration of ‘Old Siam.’ Get a glimpse of what used to be the old city center before visiting Wat Saket and taking a closer look at the Khmer community of Baan Bat. You’ll also see Wat Rajbophit and see a former royal residence at Suan Pakkad Palace Museum. Lunch and some entrance fees are included.
  • Discover Bangkok's historic side on this sightseeing tour of 'Old Siam'
  • Learn about Bangkok's old city center near the Grand Palace
  • Visit historic religious sites like Wat Saket and Wat Rajbophit
  • Explore Thai royal antiquities at the Suan Pakkad Palace Museum
  • Includes lunch and some entrance fees
  • Great way to see a more traditional side of the Thai capital
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A professional English-speaking guide.
Private transportation
All Fees and Taxes
All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
Lunch
Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees
Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
Single supplement charges for single travellers, where applicable
Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Bangkok hotels. Transfer outside these areas, supplements apply.

Departure Time

8:00 AM
Receive a morning pickup from your Bangkok hotel and proceed with your guide and driver to the area near the city’s Grand Palace, a site that at one time was home to Bangkok’s main city center.

You’ll center your wanderings in this historic sector along three main roads built by King Rama IV, including Bam Rung Muang, Charoen Krung (also known as the “New Road”), and Fueng Nakorn. As you explore the area, your guide will share more details about its creation and some of the businesses that first popped up following its creation.

Continue next to Wat Saket (often called the “Golden Mountain”) offering you the chance to get a different perspective on the city as you climb to the the top of this religious site situated on Ratanakosin Island. Proceed next by local transport to the Khmer community of Baan Bat. Specializing in the creation of Baat Making (alms bowls used by the Thai monk community), this longstanding community is also within walking distance of two other notable sites, Giang Swing and Wat Suthat.

Take a break around midday for an included Thai lunch at a local restaurant before heading to Wat Rajbophit, a Thai religious structure known for its Benjarong wares and aesthetically-pleasing temple hall. Finish your exploration of old Siam by visiting Suan Pakkad Palace Museum, once the residence of Royal Highness Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga and today home to a collection of Thai antiquities. At the end of your exploration you’ll be dropped off at your Bangkok hotel at 3pm.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Charoen Krung Road
Your guide and driver await you in your hotel lobby for a day going back in time. We schedule to leave your overnight address in Bangkok at around 8 AM. Bangkok’s former city centre used to be around the Grand Palace, further north of where it is now located. During the reign of King Rama IV, new roads were constructed to ease traffic and these were not too far away from the Chao Phraya River. Our morning will include along 3 of these main roads: Charoen Krung (also called New Road), Bam Rung Muang and Fueng Nakorn. Your guide will give you a brief on the history and the first establishments of local business while you get sufficient opportunities to take photos.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Golden Mount (Wat Saket)
We continue to make a stop at Wat Saket (or Golden Mountain), towering high above Ratanakosin Island – an area that still bears lots of memorabilia of the former glory of the Ancient Kingdom of Siam. A great panoramic view awaits you when climbing to the top.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Wat Suthat
Within walking distance, the Wat Suthat and the Giang Swing are among relics that simply cannot be skipped when taking a nostalgic tour of Bangkok
Stop At:  
Ban Bat
We continue by local transport to an original Khmer community at Baan Bat; once a thriving part of Bangkok, it has remained its charm and is now considered one of the leading communities that lives of the creation of Baat Making (alms bowl making for monks).
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Wat Ratchabophit Sathitmahasimaram Ratchaworawihan
After lunch at a local restaurant, we continue to visit Wat Rajbophit to see the beautiful temple hall decorated with Benjarong wares. This style of ceramics continues to play an important part in preserving arts and culture in houses and establishments around Thailand.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Suan Pakkad Palace Museum
Our last stop is made at the Suan Pakkad Palace Museum, the former private residence of the Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Chumbhot of Nagara Svarga, to see their collection of antiquities. Your guide and driver for the day will bring you back to your hotel at around 3 PM.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply
  • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded and supplementary charges apply
  • Most travelers can participate
  • We regret that we are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Asian Trails LTD

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Explore! The Old Siam?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Explore! The Old Siam.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Explore! The Old Siam?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Explore! The Old Siam.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Explore! The Old Siam?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Explore! The Old Siam.

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