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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.

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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.

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Bangkok: Night Bike Ride and Dinner at a Local Restaurant

3. 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.

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Bangkok: Bike and Canal Boat Tour with Lunch

4. 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.

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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.

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From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak & Ayutthaya Combination Tours

6. From Bangkok: Damnoen Saduak & Ayutthaya Combination Tours

Day 1: Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Maeklong Train Market (6 Hours) Board your air-conditioned van in downtown Bangkok by 6:30 AM and drive about 45 minutes to Ban Na Kwang train station where you take a local train to the picturesque Maeklong Railway Market. It is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and is centered on the Maeklong Railway's track. Whenever a train approaches, the awnings and shop fronts are moved back from the rails, to be replaced once the train has passed. Continue to visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. Discover the most famous floating markets in Thailand, take in the sights and sounds of the floating vendors. Don't forget to snap some shots and try some foods when you wander through the colorful boats. Get transferred back to Bangkok around 1:30 PM or 2:00 PM. Day 2: Ayutthaya Day Tour by Bus & Return by Boat (9 Hours) Depart Bangkok at 7:30 AM and head to Ayutthaya by air-conditioned coach. Your first stop is the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace of King Rama V, which is beautifully decorated in both Chinese and European styles. Next, visit the landmark of Ayuthaya, WatMahathat, known for the Head of the Buddha which has a tree trunk and roots growing around it. Then continue to witness the biggest reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya at Wat Lokayasutharam. Enjoy your photo opportunities along the way accompanied by stories from your informative guide. At around 1:00 PM, board the White Orchid River Cruise at Wat Chong Lom Pier. Enjoy a delicious Thai or European buffet lunch with desserts, seasonal fruits, coffee and tea. Sit back and relax as you cruise along the Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok. Walk up to the boat's view deck and marvel at the stunning views of famous Bangkok attractions such as Wat Arun, the Royal Grand Palace and Rama VIII Bridge.

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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.

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Bangkok: Floating Market Private Boat Tour with a Local

8. Bangkok: Floating Market Private Boat Tour with a Local

Meet your private guide at the pre-arranged meeting point and take a taxi to the most authentic floating market in Bangkok. Upon arrival, stroll around the market for a few minutes before hopping aboard a private boat to navigate the canals and get a glimpse of the real Thai lifestyle. Listen to your host’s stories as you pass water lilies and their beautiful flowers. Discover the local food produce and crafts on sale as you soak up the atmosphere and taste bites the vendors will offer you. Purchase gifts for your friends back home, or simply indulge in all the food along the way. Sample fresh fruits en route to a lunch spot, where you will be served a 3-course menu, including the traditional street food of jang-lon (grilled, minced fish with curry paste), grilled chicken, papaya salad and an authentic coconut pudding. Then, check out the last part of the market with your private guide. Ask them for recommendations on how to get the best out of Bangkok for the rest of your stay, before heading back to the meeting point for the end of the tour services.

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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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Bangkok Evening Discovery: Temples and Hidden Canals Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Bangkok

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 114 reviews

Amazing way to explore Bangkok. The guides took us through traffic and small alleys and showed us many places. We got history from Bangkok and Thailand to the normal Thai. We felt safe biking in and out of traffic. Could have wished for better English, but they tried their best and explained as good as they could and we hope we understood the meaning of what they where saying on to us. All in all this was weighed up by their helpfulness and humour. We can strongly recommend this activity.

This was a great outing activity, taking us down the narrow streets in Chinatown and getting us to try food that I would have no idea about or would not know which one to try. The guide was friendly, dynamic and very motivated to share his personal experience and knowledge about this area and the food history and cultural link. Plenty of historical facts linking the area, the food and the cooks/restaurant/food stand.

What a great night, we sampled 16 different foods that we would of never found on our own. We were able to skip the long queue lines and learn about the food & history of what we where eating. Our guide was awesome, very knowledgeable about Chinatown and the best places to go. He brought along napkins and sanitizer spray to keep us safe. Trust me, you will not leave this tour hungry, great value for the money.

The tour was great fun. We saw a lot of Bangkok. The bikes were very good too. Our guide is very personable, spoke good English and explained a lot to us on the way. The food in a local restaurant was delicious and the owners super friendly. The guide always paid attention to us. We felt very safe on the tour. All in all a very successful tour that we can definitely recommend.

My husband and I were the only two on the tour but we had an amazing time with Nutth! He took us to so many great places and let us take as much time as we needed! He was easy to talk to and very helpful and accommodating!I would definitely recommend coming really hungry to this because there are many stops with generous portions!