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Bangkok: History and Culture Tour on a Tuk-Tuk

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On this specially curated tour from The New York Times, explore local art, food, and music to get a sense of the Siam that was, the Buddhism that is, and the traditions and contemporary coolness that make modern-day Bangkok such an exciting city.
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Duration: 4 hours
Starting time 3:00 PM
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  • Visit Mae Prapa shop, one of the oldest and most famous makers of Thai crispy pancakes, for a private tasting
  • Enjoy an exclusive chance to practice the technique of mindfulness or anger management from an expert Buddhist monk
  • Meet local street food vendors and sample local dishes
  • Hop on a Tuk-Tuk, a time-honored method of transportation, through Bangkok’s sometimes chaotic traffic
  • Listen to Thai music with traditional instruments at a contemporary bar
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The tour starts with a stop at the home of a favorite local treat, Mae Prapa. Make sure you arrive hungry to taste the traditional crispy pancakes, at one of the most famous pancake shops in the city. Invented nearly 300 years ago during the Ayutthaya period, Mae Prapa started making crispy pancakes during World War II, when she created her own recipe and built her own shop. Learn about the family traditions of the store while you taste this traditional Thai treat.

Next, catch a panoramic view of the Chao Praya River and the historical fortress of Phra Sumen Fort. Listen to your local guide tell you about the fort, one of 14 citadels built to protect Bangkok after its founding as the capital of Siam at the end of the 18th century. From there, time to give your feet a rest and your mind an adventure as you head back in time on board a Tuk-Tuk and ride past Rattanakosin Island, home to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho (the Reclining Buddha Temple), to kick off your historical discovery of the city.

Head to Wat Mahathat Yuwaratrangsarit temple next, one of 10 royal temples in Bangkok. At the temple, learn about meditation with an expert Buddhist monk, and practice some mindfulness. After the temple, hop back in your trusty Tuk-Tuk and head to the Museum of Siam for more lessons in local culture and history. Though it is housed in a neo-Classical mansion, this is an interactive, high-tech fun house whose motto is “Decoding Thainess.” It’s also known as the discovery museum, created to teach Thai national identity and history and their relationships with neighboring cultures.

After that, ride the Tuk-Tuk to Mont Nomsod, a 50-year-old, second-generation shop that's considered a local institution. Try some of their famous thick white toasted bread with sweet toppings, or steamed toast dipped in Thai custard. Learn some useful Thai words, then stroll over to a few other street vendors and test your newfound Thai language skills to order food. Finally, head to the trendy Tep Bar at Soi Nana, Maitrijit Road, close to Bangkok’s Chinatown. Taste a selection of traditional drinks, such as a herbal liquor called yadong, rice wine or a Nila Pat cocktail made with Thai rum, ginger syrup and a black gelatin cube of Thai herbs. Then it’s time to sit back, sip, and relax as you listen to traditional live Thai music performed with traditional instruments.
  • Licensed professional guide
  • Tuk-Tuk fare
  • Street snacks
  • Cocktail or non-alcoholic drink
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuity

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Meeting point

Inside Sanam Chai MRT station, at the bottom of the escalators of Exit 1 (Museum Siam). If you come by taxi please enter the MRT station from the grounds of the Museum Siam and go down 2 sets of escalators.

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• It is possible to accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify the local partner in advance if you have any dietary requests

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Product ID: 207294