Reviews of the Best Food Tours in Bangkok, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand's capital, is a large city known for ornate shrines and vibrant street life. The boat-filled Chao Phraya River feeds its network of canals, flowing past the Rattanakosin royal district, home to opulent Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple with an enormous reclining Buddha and, on the opposite shore, Wat Arun Temple with its steep steps and Khmer-style spire. With so much of daily life conducted on the street, there are few cities in the world that reward exploration as handsomely as Bangkok. Cap off an extended boat trip with a visit to a hidden market. A stroll off Banglamphu's beaten track can lead to a conversation with a monk. Get lost in the tiny lanes of Chinatown and stumble upon a live Chinese opera performance. After dark, let the BTS (Skytrain) escort you to Sukhumvit, where the local nightlife scene reveals a sophisticated and dynamic city. One of the most attractive draws for the city is the food. Thai food can be an intense mix: the basic flavors - spicy, sour, sweet and salty - aren't exactly meat and potatoes. But for adventurous foodies who don't need white tablecloths, there's probably no better dining destination in the world. And with immigration bringing every regional Thai and international cuisine to Bangkok, it's also a truly diverse experience. With so much to see, do, and taste Bangkok is a great place to experience, and there are several options for experiencing the culinary delights of the city.
This Bangkok tour will take you through Bangkok's iconic Chinatown, a neighborhood rich in sights, sounds, and smells. You'll begin this Bangkok Chinatown tour at Ratchawong Pier, where you'll step back in to the old markets in Yaowarat, right in the heart of Chinatown. Your local guide will tell you all about the history of this area, and why it's such an important part of Chinatown. From the pier, your Bangkok tour will continue al Song Wat Road, which is bordered by old business buildings and warehouses that are still operating today, and also head towards the plastic and leather products quarter on Yaowa Phanit Road. From industry to ancient history, the next stop on your tour will lead you to Wat Traimit Temple, an incredible sight to behold and one of the can't miss things to do in Bangkok. Then, with your local guide, you'll head to a 100-year old coffee shop on Phat Sai Road. Fully rejuvenated, you'll head to a market specializing in Chinese religious products and fresh food. At night, this area is filled with street stalls and becomes one giant and extremely tasty food bazaar. Pick and choose from street grills or the finest Chinese restaurants; this will be your opportunity to go wild and try all those dishes you've never even heard of. With a belly full of Bangkok treats, you'll continue on this Bangkok food tour towards Saphan Phut night market, where you can find a huge array of items and services for sale. The tour will finish in this area, which you're free to continue exploring, or your local guide will be happy to assist you in finding a taxi for you back to your accommodation.
This Bangkok food tour stops at approximately eight venues including 15 food and drink tastings. At your selected departure time, meet your guide and small group at Saphan Taksin BTS station and set out for the back streets of the Bang Rak district, known for its diverse offerings of local Thai food. Along the way you'll gain intimate knowledge of the neighborhood's history, culture and cuisine from your experienced guide. Taste curry puffs at a street food vendor; sip Thai iced tea or coffee at the Bang Rak Bazaar; bite into a sampling of tropical fruits at Bangkok's second-oldest wet market; and try Chinese herbal drinks at a local Chinese grocery, located in a traditional shophouse. You'll visit a family-run eatery to share plates of fried and roasted chicken noodles topped with egg. Then walk to a traditional Thai sweet shop for a tempting dessert platter. Be sure to save some room for some tam (green papaya salad) at an establishment popular with locals, and don't be shy about tasting larb (minced meat salad) - a northern Thai staple. Savor the regional flavors of Thai curry at your last stop, a traditional royal Thai restaurant run by descendants of the royal family, before your tour ends at a nearby BTS station.
Meet your guide in the evening at a central location in Bangkok, and then hop into a tuk-tuk - an iconic form of local transportation in Thailand - and travel a few minutes to Chinatown to begin your walking tour. Follow your guide along from sleepy Talad Noi with its charming local life via backroad alleys and a major boulevard that transforms at night into a sea of street stalls forming a large, informal food bazaar. In addition to the excellent street food, Chinatown is also home to fine Chinese restaurants. Visit 8-10 different food spots where you'll try a variety of dishes and learn about the inspiration and ingredients behind each. Sample spicy snacks, typical dinner items and sweet desserts, and chat with other food lovers that you encounter. As you walk along both crowded streets and quiet lanes, your guide points out locations from various film sets, temples hidden down narrow alleyways and other only-in-Thailand sights. Discover places that you might never find on your own, and ask your guide any questions you have about the things you come across. Expect to walk less than 2.5 miles (4 km) at a leisurely pace with plenty of stops for photo ops and food. Alcoholic drinks and other beverages are not included but can be purchased at most locations. At the end of the tour, you can remain in Chinatown or continue into the night on your own.
In the evening, the tour operator will meet you up at the meeting point, Hua Lam Pong station. Then your guide will lead you to walk to Yao Wa Rat street which is the main spot for street food for Bangkokians in Chinatown Bangkok area. Before foodie time, you will stop at some of the main attractions in Chinatown and learn some of the history about Thai-Chinese relation. You will stop at some main attractions in Yao Wa Rat road, such as, Wat Trimitr (Golden Buddha Temple), Chinatown Gate, Chinese temple. After the attraction spots, you'll move on to the street food portion of the tour. You will have Thai-Chinese style foods such as Bangkokian picked dishes. You will try around 4 dishes of tasty foods such as Fish Maw Soup, Rice Noodle with Roasted Pork, Pad Thai. Then it's dessert time! You will try Thai style bread toast with secret topping. You'll have the option of coffee or tea with your sweet treat as well. Afterwards, the highly recommend drink is Thai ice tea. After the foodie dinner session, you will take a TUK-TUK to somewhere in the Chinatown area where you can get stunning river view of Bangkok. Here you can enjoy some drinks (soft drink, fruit juice or beer). Your tour will end at MRT Hua Lampong station.
Meet with a culinary-trained, fully licensed tour guide at BTS Saphan Taksin station in the morning. Walk your way through the old streets of Bang Rak "the Village of Love" and experience Bangkok's mom and pop food culture and local unseen attractions. Bangrak is the district famous among Thais for its diverse local flavors. From BTS station, your first stop will be a half century old Thai-Chinese eatery serving some of the best Thai-style roast duck. Then, walk along the back streets to visit its hidden gem, Wat Suan Plu temple, and learn about its significance to the community. Continue your food journey and visit one of the oldest eateries in the area, a Thai-Muslim restaurant offering very unique Thai-Halal dishes. Then, it is time to cross the majestic Chao Phraya river to get to the other side of Bangkok as you will visit a hole-in-the-wall eatery serving Northeastern Thai cuisines. Your visit is not complete without tasting something from the "ISAN menu" including the spicy green papaya salad and Thai-style fried chicken with herbs. As the tour guide brings you back to Bang Rak area, you will visit another local institution famous for snacks and sweets. There, you will taste the original pandan flavor custard bun served with the delicious Thai ice tea. Your last tasting location features Royal Thai cuisine serving from a restaurant run by a Thai Royal decedent. You will taste the Royal-recipe green curry served with Thai style roti. Finish your tasting with the refreshing Thai-style ice cream before the tour guide walks you to your ending point at Surasak BTS Station.
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