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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Experience the spiritual beauty of Thailand on this 5-hour Viator Exclusive tour that includes a visit to Bangkok’s biggest flower market and a behind-the-scenes tour of the famed Grand Palace. Wake with the sun and head to a local monastery—possibly the Marble Temple at Wat Benchamabophit) and participate in a beautiful almsgiving ceremony. Then pay a visit to the iconic Emerald Buddha at Wat Phra Kaew. With a group cap of 8 people, this Buddhist experience insures personalized attention from your friendly local guide.
  • 5-hour Bangkok tour including almsgiving, flower market and Grand Palace
  • Take part in an authentic Thai Buddhist ritual of giving alms on this Viator Exclusive
  • Tour the Grand Palace and Pak Khlong Talat flower market with a local guide
  • Visit Wat Phra Kaew, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, to see Thailand's most revered statue
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Bangkok city hotels with transport by luxury bus included
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 8 people ensures a personalized experience
  • This combo tour cannot be booked anywhere else!
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food for monks
Bottled water
Cold towels
Food and drinks, unless specified
Extra offerings to monks

Departure Point

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your friendly, professional, local guide will collect you from your Bangkok hotel as the sun rises for this Viator Exclusive: Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour. You and your fellow travelers will travel by comfortable bus to a 6 am almsgiving. During this morning ritual, locals gather to offer food to Buddhist monks to live and study at the monasteries. Your guide will select the destination—likely the Marble Temple, known for its gabled roof and intricate designs. (Travelers may instead visit an alternate location, like the famous Grand Palace.)

You’ll check out the impressive monastery as monks silently pass by in their brilliant orange robes. Your guide will demonstrate how to participate in this daily ritual, which provides monks with the food necessary to sustain their meditation and study. This beautiful ceremony is a stunning reminder of the silence that lives in city streets before its inhabitants rush to start the day.

After almsgiving you’ll head with your local guide to Pak Khlong Talat flower market, where you’ll be able to wander the stalls at your leisure for about an hour. This colorful market is the largest wholesale retailer in Thailand, filled with orchids, roses, and other colorful blooms. Purchase a snack (own expense) before making your way to the Grand Palace. 

This impressive structure is one of the city’s most famous sites. You’ll embark on a 1/5-hour guided tour of the complex, which once served as the home for the kings of Siam. You’ll hear stories about the royal family, who uses the Grand Palace for ceremonies today.

Your tour includes a stop at the Royal Funeral Hall and the Royal Coronation Hall, plus Wat Phra Kaew. You’ll see the iconic Emerald Buddha, which was made from a single piece of jade. Learn from your guide why this beautiful statue is considered the holiest object in the country. Your tour ends around 11:30 a.m. with a return trip to your hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)
An elaborate temple that houses the revered Emerald Buddha. Carved from just one piece of jade, the Emerald Buddha is considered the holiest religious object in Thailand.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace is undeniably one of Thailand's most famous attractions. Learn about the current royal family, which still uses the Grand Palace and its vast grounds for ceremonial occasions.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Upper Terrace
Admire the traditional Thai architecture mixed with European design as you embark on a 1.5-hour guided tour of the complex.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market)
Bangkok’s largest wholesale and retail flower market, you’ll find an abundance of brilliant displays at reasonable prices. Marvel at the kaleidoscope of fresh blooms from all over Thailand, including exquisite orchids, roses, lilies and more!
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Offering additional alms to monks is done at own expense
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Dress Code: There is a strict dress code for visiting the Grand Palace. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand's most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves - no sleeveless tops. If you're wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, no bare feet.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc. It is also recommended to avoid wearing bright colors
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Tour East Thailand

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

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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 Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok?
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 Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Morning Buddhist Almsgiving, Grand Palace and Flower Market Tour in Bangkok.

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This was a one-of-a-kind experience...
monycaw
, May 2017
This was a one-of-a-kind experience. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and I felt like we got a real authentic experience. Our group was small 4 so the tour was really personal. I would highly recommend!
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Our guide was very good with his...
Norman C
, Oct 2015
Our guide was very good with his explanation of this tradition, how to approach the monks, and what kind of offerings are made. It was a very full tour done professional and with an eye on educating us about the history, religion and present day issues of Bangkok and Thailand.
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Morning Buddhist Almsgiving happened...
MAYBELLE S
, May 2015
Morning Buddhist Almsgiving happened at marble temple - many vendors approaching to sell fish and items. Local arrive to give the alms, happened at street level so was not a solemn experience that I expected. Flower market - guide explained one side is local and another imported flowers. Showed sample flowers used in temple offerings. Overall ok experience - no beggars approached to ask money. Place was wet so best to use rubber or covered shoes to avoid getting muddied. Grand palace tour - arrived early, hundred of Chinese tourists made the whole place and experience unpleasant. The actual structures are very interesting but I did not understand what the guide said or she could not give her orientation because the Chinese were shouting, shoving and crowding the structure or item being explained. IT WAS THE MOST HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE I have had in a spiritual site. UPSET - our notice said pick up at 5:30am, tour guide arrive at 6am showed me her job order. We were both right and punctual but the person who gave us time references made the mistake. This is very unprofessional.
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The tour guide wasn't as well informed...
Jayme D
, Apr 2015
The tour guide wasn't as well informed as I would have liked.
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started at 6am and we finished the...
Wadie H
, Apr 2015
started at 6am and we finished the morning buddhist almsgiving at 7am, and we didd not have anything to do till 8:45 since grand palace opens late. Waste of time.
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Very good tour. I give the tour four...
Bernard P
, Feb 2015
Very good tour. I give the tour four stars but I would only give the tour guide three stars. I thought it unprofessional that she was reading her email, taking photographs and purchasing food for diner during our tour.
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aumône bouddhiste le matin...
perle lea v
, May 2016
aumône bouddhiste le matin : 2minutes 30 sur place, apres 45 minutes de voyage nous qui nous faisions une joie de voir et attendions ce jour avec impatience , Exclusivité Viator est une catastrophe bien organisée, meme pas la possiblite 15 minutes le seul souci du guide etait de parler au chauffeur et de nous jetter de temps en temps des cacahuettes pas aux boubdhistes mais a nous pour expliquer en 2 mots marché aux fleurs de Bangkok : 2 allée a parcourir 30 metres d'un cote et 30 metres de l' autre, 25 minutes expliqucation du guide du a notre étonnement depuis 1 an a été transferée de la rue a l' interieur du quartier et que ce n' est plus interessant rien a voir ! Apres lui avoir dit notre mecontentement et vu l' ambiance nous avons demande a etre raccompagne a l' hotel. MERCI DE NOUS AVOIR FAIRE PERDRE UNE JOURNEE ET UNE JOIE CREEE PAR VOTRE PUBLICITE SUBTERFUGE SYLVAIN VESTIN
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