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Bangkok Sightseeing Bus Tour
There are three Bangkok Sightseeing Bus Tour companies running hop on hop off sightseeing bus tours in the city. The Bangkok City Bus Tour runs on circular routes taking in the major tourist attractions of Bangkok. You can stay on the bus for the entire circuit or hop on and hop off as many times as you want along the route. There are one to three-day tickets available and are of good value if you prefer to use a more tourist-friendly mode of transport to get around the city sights. The three Bangkok City Bus Tour companies are Elephant Go-Go, Giants & Siam Hop. All three companies have slightly different routes. Read on to compare routes & ticket prices.
Bangkok Open Top Bus Tour by Siam Hop
The Siam Hop, hop on hop off Bangkok sightseeing bus tour offers the most extensive network with four routes that cover all of the most famous Bangkok attractions & many of the lesser-known ones. The buses are double-decker with the upper back of the bus being an open top.
Siam Hop / Heritage Route
The Siam Hop Heritage Route covers the most historical places in Bangkok. The Heritage Route includes some of the most famous temples in Bangkok, where you can see the Emerald Buddha, the Reclining Buddha, the Golden Buddha & the Giant Swing. Buses depart from King Power Mahanakhon every 30 minutes from 09.00 until 20.30.
- MBK ? A shopping mall loved by tourists for its market-style layout & atmosphere with friendly prices.
- Sam Yan ? The new Sam Yan Midtown shopping mall has just opened here.
- River City ? A riverside mall with the best art & antique shopping in Bangkok. There are also regular art exhibitions.
- Hua Lamphong Train Station ? The main railway station in Bangkok with classic architecture & a small museum.
- Chinatown ? Chinese Temples & Shrines, the Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit & the evening Street Food Market.
- The Flower Market ? Bangkok?s 24-hour flower market.
- Museum Siam ? A museum of Thai culture & traditions.
- Tiger God Shrine ? A Taoist shrine dedicated to the spirit of a tiger.
- The Grand Palace ? The Number One Tourist Attraction in Bangkok. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is inside.
- The National Museum ? The largest museum in southeast-Asia. The place to learn about Thai history.
- Phra Sumen Fort ? An old riverside fort dating back to 1783.
- Khao San Road ? The famous backpacker & party street of Bangkok.
- Giant Swing & Wat Suthat ? One of the oldest temples in Bangkok with Thai Chinese architecture.
- Wat Ratchanatdaram ? A 175-year-old temple that includes a seven-story ?Metal Castle?.
- Wat Benjamabophit ? Also known as the Marble Temple due to the extensive use of marble in its construction.
- King Power Duty-Free Mall ? Duty-Free Shopping in the heart of the city.
Siam Hop / Shopping Route
The Shopping in Bangkok is amongst the best in Asia with a wide variety of ultra-modern malls, markets & a host of specialty shopping centers. The Siam Hop Shopping route includes Central World, Central Embassy, Terminal 21, Thonglor, Emporium, Siam Paragon, Siam Square & MBK. Buses depart from King Power Mahanakhon at 10.00, 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 15.00, 17.00, 19.00, 21.00
Siam Hop / Entertainment Route
The Siam Hop Entertainment Route takes in both nightlife & shopping. The stops include Pratunam Market, Central Plaza Rama 9, the Train Night Market & Chatuchak Weekend Market. Buses depart from King Power Mahanakhon hourly from 09.50 until 19.40 & 20.50. There is no departure at 13.50 or 17.50.
Siam Hop / CBD Route
The Siam Hop CBD Route takes you through the Central Business District of Bangkok. The stops include Silom, JTC for discount brand name shopping, Asiatique, King Power Mahanakhon Sky Walk, & Patpong. Buses start from both Central World & MBK. Central World departures are 09.40, 10.20, 11.00, 11.50, 12.25, 13.00, 13.50, 14.20, 15.05, 15.55, 16.20, 17.00, 17.50, 18.25 & 19.05. Departures from MBK at 10.10, 10.40, 11.20, 12.10, 12.40, 13.10, and continue in the same sequence with the last bus at 21.10.
Siam Hop Tickets
One Day Pass Adult 799 baht, Child 6-12 Years 400 baht.
Two Day Pass Adult 1300 baht, Child 6-12 years 700 baht.
Three Day Pass Adult 1700 baht, Child 6-12 years 900 baht.
The buses depart every 30 minutes between 09.00-20.30. Guided commentary is included in the ticket price. Languages are English, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Thai, Russian & Bahasa. The Siam Hop ticket is activated when you first enter the bus. Unactivated tickets are valid for six months. You can change between the Siam Hop bus routes at designated route connection points & all stops are signposted. You can buy tickets for cash on the bus or in advance online. The price is the same.
Bangkok City Bus Tour by Giants
The Giants Bangkok city Bus Tour is the original hop on hop off sightseeing Bangkok city bus tour. The Giants City Tour has only one route but it takes in all of the major sights of Bangkok. The buses are air-conditioned single decker with free Wifi, USB Charger, commentary, an onboard assistant, free map, headphones, and a personal audio guide in English & Chinese. The Giants city tour buses are easy to spot with their distinctive Khon windscreen design.
The Giants City Tour circular route starts at Siam Paragon Mall and continues to Hua Lamphong Train Station, Chinatown, Ratchawong Pier (for Chao Phraya Express Boat), Little India, Chaophraya River Walk, Wat Pho, Museum Siam, Tiger God Shrine, Giant Swing, Sanam Luang (for Grand Palace), Phra Pin Klao Bridge, Banglamphu, Khaosan Road, Wat Bowonniwet Vihara, Wat Benchamabophit, Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium, Golden Mountain (Wat Saket), Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, Chulalongkorn University 100 Park, Patpong, Silom, and the Snake Farm before ending at National Stadium.
Giants Bangkok City Bus Tour Tickets
24 Hour Pass ??A Standard 24-hour ticket costs 850 baht for adults, 450 baht for children (4-12 years). Children under 4 can travel free.
48 Hour Pass A Premium 48-hour ticket costs 1150 baht for adults, 600 baht for children.
72 Hour Pass A Deluxe 72 Hour ticket costs 1350 baht for adults, 700 baht for children.
The tickets validity runs from the first time it is used. The entire circuit takes 2 hours & all Giants City Tour stops are signposted. The bus runs every 40-60 minutes starting at 08.45 from Siam Paragon with the last bus leaving at 16.45. Tickets can be purchased on the bus with cash or you can buy online. The price is the same.
Bangkok Open Top Bus Tour by Elephant GoGo
The Elephant Go-Go Bangkok Open Top Bus Tour operates on three routes. The routes are coded Red, Blue & Green. The buses are open top with the front half of the upper deck being open. An audio guide in eight languages is provided.
Elephant GoGo Red Line
The Elephant GoGo Red Line visits the most famous tourist attractions in Bangkok. The route starts at the King Power Duty-Free Complex & continues to Siam Paragon, Siam Square, Wat Hualamphong & Wat Traimit (for the Golden Buddha). The bus continues to Chinatown, Sampeng Market, the Golden Mountain (Wat Saket), Wat Pho, the Giant Swing, Wat Suthat, & Sanam Luang for the Grand Palace. The last takes you past Phra Sumen Fort, Khao San Road & Wat Benchamabophit before returning to the King Power Complex. The Red Line runs from 09.45-16.45 daily.
Elephant GoGo Blue Line
The Elephant Go-Go Blue line runs from 10.00-17.00 daily. The route starts at King Power Mahanakhon and continues to the Hindu Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, River City (antique shopping), Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha Temple), Chinatown, Wat Mangkon (Dragon Temple) & Ratchadamnoen Avenue before crossing the Chao Phraya River to Wang Lang Market. The tour continues to Wat Rakhang, Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), & Icon Siam (the flashiest mall in Bangkok). The last stop is the riverside Peninsula Hotel before returning to King Power Mahanakhon, the tallest building in Bangkok, where you can visit the famous glass skywalk and watch the sunset from the rooftop bar.
Elephant GoGo Green Line
The Elephant GoGo Green Line is a hop on hop off sightseeing bus night route. This bus only has one departure at 19.00 and follows the same route as the Red Line. It departs from the King Power Duty-Free Complex.
Elephant GoGo Tickets
24 Hour Pass ? Valid for 24 hours from the time you first board the bus on all three routes. Adult 800 baht, Child (6-12) 400 baht.
48 Hour Pass ? Valid for 48 hours from the time you first board the bus on all three routes. Adult 1200 baht, Child (6-12) 600 baht.
72 Hour Pass ? Valid for 72 hours from the time you first board the bus on all three routes. Adult 1500 baht, Child (6-12) 750 baht.
You can buy tickets on the bus or at the ticket counter at the departure point. There are also ticket booths at some locations on the routes. Online bookings.