Excellent tour! Very informative! Vanda was an EXCELLENT guide who loves sharing her country with visitors! She and our Driver were waiting for our group at the port as soon as we got off the ship. We had a 2 hour drive from where our ship ported Laem Chabang to Bangkok, but Vanda made the drive fun and informative along the way. We learned the full name of Bangkok it's real name is the longest name of a city in the world! as well as some of the things we were seeing along the way. : Our fist stop on our tour was the Golden Buddha! Spectacular! Amazing! Beautiful! After we finished there, we were able to add on a longtail boat ride down the Chao Phraya River this is COMPLETELY OPTIONAL and you can pay cash if you choose to do it - I think it was 10 USD or 20 USD per person. If you have the opportunity, add on the longtail boat ride because you get to see the city from the river on your way to the Grand Palace. After our ship docked at a little restaurant, we walked through the restaurant and out to the street which was very close to the Grand Palace. Our next stop was the Emerald Buddha and the Grand Palace. Absolutely exquisite! MUST SEE! You cannot take photos of the Emerald Buddha, but it is worth it to see it and the Grand Palace. After this, we went to have lunch at a very tasty restaurant. Vanda ordered the dishes for us, so we were all able to eat family style with the food in the middle of the table and you were able to take as much as you wanted of each dish. There was more than enough food for everyone. There was a bottled water included with the lunch, but you were able to purchase a soft drink, tea, or beer if you chose. Our last stop for the day was the Reclining Buddha - wow...very impressive and very LONG and tall!! Take advantage of the cut out spots to take your photo with the Buddha! At all Temples, you must remove your shoes, so if walking barefoot is an issue, bring a pair of socks. At the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha, both men and women MUST have your shoulder and knees covered. If you do not, they will not let you in...and you can go across the street and purchase a cover to wear while on the Grand Palace grounds. Highly recommend this tour! It was the highlight of my 11 day cruise!!! :
Our guide Joe was ready and waiting for us as we got off the ship.
We had a fabulous whistle stop day and managed to see more than we could have imagined in the few hours available to us.
We could not have asked for more, we felt like V.I.P'S as we were escorted through the crowds.
Joe was full of local knowledge and made our visit one we will never forget.
It was so much more personal and enjoyable than joining 40 plus people on the coach trip organised by the ship.
If we ever have the pleasure to return we will be contacting victor to arrange our excursions
Two very happy ladies from Liverpool Jackie and Rita