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Chef-Designed Bangkok Food Tour For 8 Exclusive Guests

1. Chef-Designed Bangkok Food Tour For 8 Exclusive Guests

This four-hour journey weaves through the backstreets and alleys of Old Bangkok to small street vendors and eateries that have been serving hungry locals for years. This tour has been carefully curated by a Bangkok chef, who grew up in the district and visits many of the spots his father took him to decades ago. Thousands of guests have discovered the real food of Bangkok in places they’d simply never find alone on this tour. It's not just about the food though. It’s about Bangkok eating culture, its history, and, most importantly, the people behind the food, who have dedicated their lives to cooking on the street. There’s no doubt about it – you’ll most certainly eat well on this small-group tour that’s limited to just eight guests. Some highlights of this 16+ taster menu include working chopsticks over crispy chive dumplings with nam jim jaew sauce, mopping up rich satay sauce with charcoal-grilled coconut chicken skewers and slurping up workers’ noodles in slow-cooked pork broth.

Bangkok: 4-Hour Chinatown Guided Tour

2. Bangkok: 4-Hour Chinatown Guided Tour

Enjoy a complete walking tour of the best sights, smells and tastes of Bangkok's Chinatown, a food haven and relatively undiscovered part of the city. Start your tour and head out on your journey of discovery of market stalls, street-side restaurants and gold shops. Visit Wat Mang Korn, the most important Chinese-Buddhist temple in Bangkok, and the old house at the Charoen Chai Community, where you will learn the story of the Thai-Chinese residents of the area. Continue to China Gate and Talad Noi, where you can admire panoramic views of the Chao Praya River. Next, make your way to admire the Talad Noi wall art. Get a snap next to the colorful murals and have a chat with the locals before heading to a viewpoint of the Chao Phraya River and Holy Rosary Church.

Bangkok: Bike and Canal Boat Tour with Lunch

3. Bangkok: Bike and Canal Boat Tour with Lunch

Discover Bangkok on a guided small group cycling tour for a maximum of 6 people. Explore alleyways like a local with an experienced guide, see famous landmarks, savor an authentic Thai meal for lunch, and go on a canal boat tour. Begin your adventure on the Thonburi side of the river and cycle along the winding alleys packed with stalls selling local goods. Browse through the bustling food stalls brimming with local produce. Continue the tour and visit interesting temples along the way. Learn about Buddhism and the history of the local communities from your guide. Then, savor a delicious Thai lunch at a canal-side restaurant as you take in fascinating views of the surrounding scenery. Once you’re refreshed, learn more about Bangkok’s history as you cycle along the canal enjoying the greenery of Bangkok. Complete your journey at a canal-side market where the bikes are loaded onto a long tail canal boat. Once on board, witness the canal-side lifestyle with its colorful scenery and the local canal-side communities. If you’re lucky you might get a glimpse of an Asian water monitor, a lizard native to the area, bathing in the banks of the river. The tour concludes at your original departure point.

Bangkok Evening Discovery: Temples and Hidden Canals Tour

4. Bangkok Evening Discovery: Temples and Hidden Canals Tour

Start your beautiful journey with a long-tail boat ride, also called a "James Bond boat" and discover the way of life in Bangkok.  Cruise past the Royal Heritage and Royal Barge, which has been used for royal processions for a long time. Continue with a visit to Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, featuring a stunning tower with an intricate design overlooking the Chaopraya river. The next stop is the most well-known flower market in Thailand, where you can marvel at all the pretty colors. Discover how the flowers are arranged in a typical Thai style and stroll around the market to shop, enjoy a snack, or end your day dining in a fine restaurant along the market.  The tour will finish between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM and you can enjoy the old city at your own leisure.

Bangkok: E-Scooter, Local Sights, and Street Food Tour

5. Bangkok: E-Scooter, Local Sights, and Street Food Tour

Receive a short demonstration on how to operate your electric scooter before starting the tour. Get a brief introduction to Bangkok and it's food culture as you ride to the first stop. First stop on the tour is a local Thai market, where you will try some local Thai fruits and get to see how local Thai people buy their food. From here explore the narrow alleyways of the Thonburi side of Bangkok before you cross over the Chao Phraya River via the memorial bridge to Chinatown. In Chinatown try some of the most famous street food in the city. Learn about the history of the Chinese community and how they influenced Thai food and culture. After this hop back on the scooter and ride around the back streets of Chinatown, before crossing over the river again, this time by local ferry.  Next up is the Tha Din Daeng Market. Sample some traditional Thai foods, before stopping at a local park. Discover Wat Prayoon, and feed the friendly turtles who live nearby. Finally, visit the area which is home to the Kudeejeen community where you'll try muffins from a local factory and learn how the Portuguese colonizers influenced Thai food.

Bangkok: Night Bike Ride and Dinner at a Local Restaurant

6. Bangkok: Night Bike Ride and Dinner at a Local Restaurant

Discover Bangkok at night on a guided small group cycling tour for a maximum of 6 people. Explore alleyways like a local with an experienced guide, see famous landmarks lit up at night, and savor an authentic Thai meal for dinner. Begin your experience at the meeting point on the Thonburi side of Bangkok at 6 PM. Receive your bike, helmet, and light for your safety, as well as fluorescent clothing, if you wish. Take a short ride through winding alleys to a local Thai family's restaurant and enjoy a tasty meal there. After dinner, cycle through a few lesser-known areas to see Bangkok like a local. Stop at Wat Arun and take photos of it shimmering in the night lights, then cross the Chao Phraya River on a local ferry. Once on the other side of the river, ride to Wat Pho, the largest temple in Bangkok famous for its huge reclining Buddha statue. Next, cycle around the Royal Grand Palace and on to the 24-hour flower market, Pak Khlong Talat. Delight in the colorful, fragrant, and exotic fresh flowers in the market, and see everything from common roses to bright orchids, lilies, and more. Then, head toward Chinatown and cycle among the bright neon lights and market alleys. Savor the sights, sounds, and smells of Chinatown and its street food vendors. Finally, cross the river again on a ferry and ride like a local through some of the winding back streets. The tour concludes at your original departure point.

From Bangkok: Wildlife Rescue and Elephant Rescue Tour

7. From Bangkok: Wildlife Rescue and Elephant Rescue Tour

Meet your driver at your hotel lobby in Bangkok at 6.30 AM. The transfer to the rescue center will take about 3 hours. Once you arrive, meet and greet with your guide for the day. Your guide will give you an informed guided tour around all areas of the center. You’ll see some of the rescued animals, hear their stories and learn why they are living at the center. Lunch and refreshments will be provided for you. Enjoy a traditional Thai buffet looking over our large multi species enclosure with elephants, gibbons, and other animals. We will serve both vegan, vegetarian, and meat options at lunch. After lunch, meet and feed one of the elephants. See how the volunteers at the elephant refuge go about their daily tasks. Learn about the elephant’s individual stories and about their personalities. Learn about the conservation issues that elephants face, and how they are exploited by tourist attractions, forced to carry lots of people and perform tricks – you will see none of this at the elephant refuge, where the elephant’s natural behaviour is of paramount importance. Drive around the whole site and get to see the bears and monkeys enjoying their meal before the tour ends at approximately 3.30 PM. Meet your driver once again at the entrance and transfer back to Bangkok. Estimated return time at your hotel is 6.30 PM.

Unseen Bangkok Electrifying E-Scooter Guided Tour

8. Unseen Bangkok Electrifying E-Scooter Guided Tour

This fascinating electrifying e-scooter guided Bangkok culture small group tour starts with a journey through a wonderfully rich Muslim community to the Old Customs House, right on the river. This was the first stop for ancient travellers entering Bangkok and the perfect place to start your journey. From there you’ll weave through the maze of woven streets that make up Bangkok’s vibrant and bustling Chinatown. Following your well-informed guide through the diverse cultures that make up this lively part of the city, you’ll discover all it has to offer. After taking in the culture from Chinatown, its time to move on toward the river to get some cool air and absorb the smell and sights of the Flower & Vegetable markets. Not far from here you will cross the mighty mother of all rivers, the Chao Phraya River, by ferry to dock on one of the most beautiful temples Bangkok has. Continue your journey by exploring the Historic Thonburi side of the river, stopping at the incredible Princess Mother Memorial Park, with many flower gardens and exhibitions for you to leisurely enjoy. After which, you’ll also enjoy visits to Wat Prayoon, Wat Kalayanamitr and Wat Arun temples. These are all classic examples of beautiful Thai temples and culture that can’t fail to please. After you’ve taken in all the culture you can it’s a short trip back to the starting point to unwind and discuss the day’s journey with your tour group, and plenty of free soft drinks, or maybe even purchase a refreshing beer or two. With a maximum of 6 people per group and a relaxed style, you’ll always have time to ask the guides questions about the things you see. The route is quite easy and suitable for people of all ages with plenty of refreshment stops.

Bangkok Full-Day Bike Tour with Boat Transfer and Lunch

9. Bangkok Full-Day Bike Tour with Boat Transfer and Lunch

Get a unique insight into the lifestyles of the locals on a full-day bike tour that reveals all layers of society in Bangkok. Admire the skyscrapers of the city center and visit the biggest fresh food market in town. See vegetables you’ve never seen before, and experience a lively atmosphere of chickens and fish jumping around! After a small break to taste some tropical fruit, cycle through the small communities that have built up under the highway. Continue to the pier to cross the Chao Phraya river by longtail boat. Relax aboard the boat as your bikes are carried for you. Arrive in the green heart of Bangkok and see the old plantations of the natural oasis. Bike the elevated pathways and keep a look out for the resident monitor lizards or turtles taking a sun bath! Along the way, stop for a delicious homemade lunch, freshly prepared by the locals. Then, cycle back to the longtail boat and cross the river again to return to Bangkok's beating heat and high-rise buildings.

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What people are saying about Central Thailand

If you want to discover Bangkok in an unusual way and around the local gastronomy, this activity is made for you! My guide Jobe knew every corner of the city and was very attentive throughout the visit. We started the visit with the Portuguese district by visiting a very famous Thai muffin biscuit factory and then we continued with a visit to the Temple of Tranquility. Then we stopped at a food court to eat local street food, it was delicious! We continued by visiting a local Dihm sum factory stall. Then we took the boat to go to the modern part of Bangkok towards River city. We ate local fruits and then continued to visit Chinatown and a temple. Advice: bring a hat or a cap. Water is included in the tour. Do not eat much before the visit in order to be able to taste all the local products.

If you would like to see the authentic Thai people and their everyday life, this is the tour to go. As a single lady, I wouldn't have dared to go to the back streets, where the real Thai culture lies. I'm glad that i chose this tour. See it for yourself, slow down the pace if possible to talk to the shop owners and cooks if possible. And take some photos. Unforgettable and highly recommended. Gentle reminder, join with an empty and eager stomach and an open mind.

Overall the tour was a great way to see Chinatown and experience the food without being in over our head with trying to figure it out on our own. It allowed us to be exposed to knew things to better know what to then get on our own.

Fun, well-organized tour in Bangkok’s China town. We enjoyed the food and the experience very much. The guide and his assistant were both incredible!

very dynamic and one of the most local area to tour. it will be impossible to travel on our own!