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    Organized Tours in and Around Bangkok

    Some sightseers find it more practical to arrange their own tours, suited to their own interests, schedules, lifestyles, and budgets. But others like to patronize ready-made trips offered by tour operators, citing reasons of convenience and feeling of security. Apparently, both types of tours have their own advantages and disadvantages.

    During my visit to Thailand last month I was able to collect lists of organized tours which you may find useful. Most hotels have tour operators, but it is also easy to find travel agencies all over town who offer these services. These trips normally include transport, English speaking guides, and entrance to the sites ( unless specified). They may last for half-day or full day. I noticed that their prices do not differ substantially. They will also provide you with other details, including pick up time from your hotel. Please take note that they all emanate from Bangkok.

    Tours Price (adult)

    Morning Canal Tour - B650
    Morning Canal+ Grand Palace+ Emerald Buddha - 1300
    Morning Canal +Wat Arun - 1100
    Wat Trimit +Wat Pho+ +Ben - 650
    Grand Palace +Emerald Budhha - 800
    Grand Palace+Emeral Budhha+Wat Arun - - 1100
    GP+Emerald+Trimit+Pho+Arun+Vimanmek- 2800
    Ancient Siam- 1000
    Safari World (with lunch) - 1200
    Dream World (with lunch) - 900
    Crocodile Farm ( Sampran) - 800
    Rose Garden - 900
    Ayutthaya-by van (witj lunch)- 1400
    Ayutthaya, by bus and boat (with lunch) - 1700
    Pattaya Coral Island (with lunch) by normal boat - 1500
    Pattaya Beach & Mini Siam (with lunch) - 1300
    Damnern Floating Market- 700
    Damnern +Elephant ride - 1400
    Damnern +Rose Garden (with lunch) - 1200
    Damnern +Crocodile Farm (with lunch - 1200
    Damnern +Croc.Farm+Rose Garden (with lunch) - 1800
    Damnern+Riv.Kwai+Tiger Temple (w lunch) - 2200
    River Kwai +Train +Tiger Temple(w lunch) - 2500
    River Kwai+Train +Trekking+Tig.Temp. (lunch) - 2800
    Jim Thomson's House + Suan Pakkard Palace - 1300
    Rice Barge Boat - 750
    Dinner Cruise - 1,200

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    Daytrips from Suvarnabhumi Airport
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    Re: Organized Tours in and Around Bangkok

    Do they include admission prices. I think Sampran is like 500 baht each. And the tour is 800 baht. If you are alone then it is good value for money. To rent a taxi would cost you 1,200 baht for the day. Bus is obviously cheaper. But the tour would be door to door. Less hassle.

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    Re: Organized Tours in and Around Bangkok

    usually, these tours take a de-tour to a "gem factory", don't they?

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    Re: Organized Tours in and Around Bangkok

    Quote Originally Posted by Betti View Post
    usually, these tours take a de-tour to a "gem factory", don't they?
    ALWAYS in my experience!
    Some tour guides even have the nerve to tell you it is a free bonus gift from the tour company!

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    Re: Organized Tours in and Around Bangkok

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Barrow View Post
    Do they include admission prices. I think Sampran is like 500 baht each. And the tour is 800 baht. If you are alone then it is good value for money. To rent a taxi would cost you 1,200 baht for the day. Bus is obviously cheaper. But the tour would be door to door. Less hassle.
    It is not indicated that admission fee is not included, and so I assume it is. And yes, it is door to door. Sometimes if the group is big (like more than 10 pax), there are two vans which will pick up the pax from different directions-to save on time- and then they will meet in one location and only one vehicle will take the passengers to the intended destination.

    Quote Originally Posted by Betti View Post
    usually, these tours take a de-tour to a "gem factory", don't they?
    I have joined about six of these tours and they all ended up in a gem or leather or furniture factory. However, you are free not to enter the factory. You will be then assigned another vehicle which will deliver you, and other passengers of other tour groups, to your hotel. I noticed, though, that most passengers go inside the factory if only to sip the free drink offered by the factory or to use the rest room.

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    Re: Organized Tours in and Around Bangkok

    I did a tour like that in Chiang Mai once when I flew there instead of driving. The diversions were actually welcome and interesting. But I guess if you do three different tours on three different days it would be a bit annoying to keep going to the same kind of factories and workshops.

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    Re: Organized Tours in and Around Bangkok

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Barrow View Post
    I did a tour like that in Chiang Mai once when I flew there instead of driving. The diversions were actually welcome and interesting. But I guess if you do three different tours on three different days it would be a bit annoying to keep going to the same kind of factories and workshops.
    Chiang Mai has the problem solved-you can do a tour of nothing but workshops-at Sam Kamphaeng.
    However, the odd trip to the same Elephant paper factory still gets slipped in on a couple of tours.
    (My experience in CM & BKK is based on included tours on package holidays)

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    Re: Organized Tours in and Around Bangkok

    I did a couple of daytrips in Chiang Mai when I first visited Thailand, also later with my family, signed up friends for daytrips, never any workshop or factory visits. tuktuk drivers seem to be into the business, though.

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    Re: Organized Tours in and Around Bangkok

    I have done a couple of these organised tours and will probably do so again in the future. But one thing to beware of is passengers that can't get up in the morning... Last tour we did was Coconut Farm +Damnern +Croc.Farm & Elephant Show +Snake show +Rose Garden +Gem Factory and in the morning the tour guide decided to wait more than 90 minutes at a hotel for a family to get up and then eventually left without them. The rather full day was then very busy as we were moved on from one place to another.

    (The tour guide was also quite rude to my wife all day and two elderly English ladies resident in Hong Kong emailed me after to say they had lodged a complaint about him.)

    David

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    Re: Organized Tours in and Around Bangkok

    90 mins wait??? -10 mins tops on all tours I have been on!

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