Essential Bangkok Behind the Scenes

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Morning

tour highlights

  • Travel off the beaten path through the streets of Bangkok
  • Take a ride down the Chao Praya River
  • Explore the vendors and shops in Chinatown
  • Visit Bangkok's oldest temple with its famous Reclining Buddha
  • Enjoy a meal of local cuisine

tour details

Bangkok is a fascinating city of contrasts, where busy streets give way to traditional markets and narrow waterways. We’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at the city as we travel along the Chao Phraya River to the vibrant Chinatown district. Here, you’ll walk streets packed with gold shops, Chinese herbalists, and food stalls. We’ll visit Sri Gurusingh Sabha Temple, a place of worship for local Sikhs, before walking through Sampang Lane, a labyrinth of alleys with various stalls and shops selling cheap clothing and goods. In Little India, we’ll explore Pahurat Market, known for its fabrics, clothing and wedding keepsakes. After walking these bustling streets, we’ll stop to taste one of the local dishes. Finally we’ll visit Bangkok’s oldest temple, Wat Pho, and its famous Reclining Buddha.

tour description

Our guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel. Walk to the nearest skytrain station and travel to the Chao Phraya River. Embark on a public taxi boat and travel to Bangkok's vibrant Chinatown district, which runs along Yaowarat Road. The street is lined with gold shops, Chinese herbalists, food stalls selling a large variety of snacks, household goods, incense and just about everything else. We will visit Sri Gurusingh Sabha Temple, where local Sikhs come to worship and then continue on foot through Sampang Lane, a labyrinth of small alleys. Here you will find a large variety of stalls and shops selling cheap clothing and household goods. Explore Pahurat Market, located more or less in the heart of "Little India". This is the place to shop for fabrics, clothing and wedding keepsakes. In Thailand, it is customary, that guests invited to a wedding reception receive some small memento of the occasion. Along Pahurat road will see numerous shops sell them by the dozens in hundreds of varieties. Having walked along these truly bustling districts, take a short rest at one of the numerous food stalls along the footpath and taste one of the local dishes (noodle soup or phad thai or fried rice). By Tuk Tuk (the local version of a motorized samlor) we continue to Bangkok's oldest temple (founded in the 17th century), Wat Pho with its Reclining Buddha. King Rama III turned this temple into a center of learning, making it in essence Thailand's first university. After a guided visit, we will walk down to the River and take a taxi boat back to Taksin Bridge and return to the hotel by Sky-train. Note: After the guided visit of Wat Pho, guests may also choose to continue exploring the sights along the Chao Phraya River on their own (our guide will say good-bye to them after the tour of Wat Pho).

includes

Meals included: Snack and soft drink

    notes

    Note: For guests staying in hotels that are not in walking distance to a skytrain station or a boat pier, the tour can be arranged at a surcharge.
      Tour code: BKKDBBSH

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