Cruise down Chao Phraya canal on a full-day boat cruise from the bustling Bangkok center to the calm backwaters. Admire the golden temples built along the river, wooden houses standing on stilts, and several natural scenes in the midst of a thriving riverside community.
Meet your guide and set sail down the Chao Phraya, Bangkok's main river. As you leave the urban center, admire the city's impressive skyline before you turn off onto the narrower khlongs (smaller canals). Pass wooden houses built on stilts and listen for the sounds of Thai music. Watch for birds, or even sunbathing lizards, spying from the edge of the water.
Stop at Wat Khun Chan, where the river is flanked by the temples of tradition on one side, and postmodern temples inspired by their design on the other. Continue on to the Artist's House and a number of traditional businesses. Visit an orchid farm, learn about the meticulous cultivation process, and get the opportunity to feed sacred catfish—hundreds of catfish come to the surface to feed in front of you.
Eat lunch in a bustling riverside street stall, where you have the opportunity to mingle with locals before continuing to the Grand Palace. In this complex of buildings in the heart of Bangkok, admire the keen detail of the architecture and pay respects to the Emerald Buddha, considered the holiest depiction of the Buddha in Thailand. Afterward, visit Wat Pho—Bangkok's oldest temple—to see the famed reclining Buddha, where the tour ends.