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Bangkok: Small Group Guided Tuk Tuk Tour with a Local

Product ID: 3041
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Roam through the city of Bangkok aboard a tuk tuk. Nip through tiny backstreets, soak up the vibrant atmosphere, and explore some of the old city's unique markets, magnificent temples, and hidden gems.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Climb to the top of the Golden Mount and get panoramic views
  • Marvel at the Phra Sumeru Fortress
  • Ward-off bad luck at the Amulet Market
  • Encounter Buddhist heritage at Wat Po
  • Discover a centuries-old community preserving the tradition of making alms bowls for monks by hand
Full description
Climb aboard a tuk-tuk for a rambling adventure through Bangkok. These little vehicles are similar to rickshaws and are the best way to discover Bangkok’s buzzing backstreets. This is a small-group tour of no more than 12 people and is led by an expert English-speaking guide.

Your driver guide will show you all the famous and not so famous sights of the city. Marvel at the Phra Sumeru Fortress, visit the quirky Amulet Market and take-in the stunning Wat Phra Chetuphon Temple, the center of Buddhism in Thailand. Your guide will give you a tour of this ancient temple complex.

Your next destination will be Wat Saket, another temple that lies at the foot of the Golden Mount. Your local guide will take you up the 318 steps (sorry, your tuk-tuk can’t help you here) to the top for a 360-degree view of the surrounding Rattanakosin Island, a view which makes the climb totally worth it.

You’ll hop back into your tuk-tuk and head towards Pak Klong Talad, the flower market. This is the biggest flower market in Thailand and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many different types of flowers are shipped here and the market acts as a distribution center, transferring flowers to other cities throughout the country. Your guide will introduce you to a local market vendor who'll show you how to fold the petals of lotus flowers just as Thai people often do when they use them in worship. You'll have a chance to try preparing the flowers for yourself and we'll take them to our next stop to learn how local people use them at the temple.

Just around the corner is the small community of Ban Baat who have been making alms bowls for monks by hand since the late 1700s. In Thai Buddhism, monks traditionally walk through the local community at dawn to collect donations of food so an alms bowl is an essential accessory. Learn how a handful of families in the locality are preserving the traditional methods that you'll discover as you walk through this hidden village. Meet one family who will give you the chance to try your hand at whichever stage of bowl-making they happen to be at on the day, it could be hammering in the pattern or polishing the finished surface.

Onward you’ll go to Wat Po, the temple that houses the most beautiful reclining Buddha image in the country, which is also the birthplace of Thai massage and medicines. Your local guide will take you on a tour of the area and tell you stories about one of the most fascinating parts of Bangkok. This temple is one of the places that should not be missed when you visit Bangkok.

From here you can either continue to explore on your own, or your guide will be happy to point you in the direction of your accommodation. No doubt they’ll recommend you take a tuk-tuk back, just to top off this tuk-tuk experience perfectly.
Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as indicated
  • Tuk Tuk ride
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips for driver or guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet inside the MTR station, at the bottom of the escalators. If you come by taxi please enter the MRT station in the grounds of Museum Siam and go down 2 sets of escalators.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please ensure your knees and shoulders are covered as this trip may visit religious sites
• Children must be between 6 and 11 years of age inclusive
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4.8/5
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4.8/5
Value for money
4.1/5
Safety
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Urban Adventures Thailand

Product ID: 3041