Meet your guide at a centrally located hotel in Bangkok, and take the Skytrain to the Chao Phraya River; this is the perfect way to get oriented to the city’s sprawling public transport system. Continue onto a riverboat taxi for a ride to one of Bangkok’s most vibrant markets, where vendors from around the country display mounds of ripe fruit, herbs and vegetables, and flower sculptures.
Walk across the landmark Memorial Bridge to Wat Prayoon, a snow-white temple that tourists often miss, then tour the Catholic Santa Cruz Church and Kuan An Keng, a Chinese shrine with intricate wood carvings and mural paintings.
Cross the Yai Canal to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, where you can circle the Khmer-style prang, or tower, that’s one of Bangkok’s most recognizable sights. Continue back to your hotel by taxi boat and Skytrain, or get tips on places to eat, drink, and explore in this bustling, waterfront neighborhood.