Bangkok guided tours
off the beaten track

By Eric Lim

Bangkok guided tours take small groups of visitors on guided tours in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces. These tours can be by bicycle, boat, walking tours or a combination of two or more means. 

Though this web site is designed for the independent travellers who want to see Bangkok on their own, there may be some visitors who feel more comfortable taking a guided tour.  For logistics reasons it may be more practical in some instances. 

We have received a few enquires about guided tours and would like to cater to the needs of these visitors. 

However, we will continue to provide travel information for the independent traveller or those who wish to see places on their own. 

The Bangkok guided tours short-listed here are divided into the following categories.


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Private guided day tours

The first tour on our menu is the private guided day tour which gives visitors a chance to choose their itinerary in Bangkok and the surroundings provinces. The tour comes with a guide and allows up to a group of six.


Private guided day tour - Bangkok and Beyond




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Thai Cooking Class 

I have always maintained that it’s easier to appreciate Thai food than to produce it. However, a number of friends and visitors have asked about these classes. So here it is.


Thai cooking class in Bangkok




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Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise 

The Chao Phraya River is beautiful at night with temples, monuments and buildings all lit up. What better way to top the evening than a dinner cruise that takes you past these sights.



Chao Phraya dinner cruise






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Bangkok guided tours - bicycle tours

Bangkok guided tours by bicycle are popular with visitors who want to see a different side of the city. 


Long tail boat and bike tour 

This tour starts from narrow street markets of Chinatown and then crosses the Chao Phraya by long-tail boat to the less urbanized side of Bangkok in Thonburi.


Long tail boat and bicycle tour




Bangkok by bike – small group guided tour 

Cross the Chao Phraya via the King Rama VIII Bridge and visit the old communities in Bangkok Noi, past museums, old churches and temples.



Bangkok by bike small group guided tour




Bicycle tour Siam Sawan 

An interesting variety of places covered here; M R Kukrit Pramoj’s Heritage Home, then it’s across the river to Phra Pradaeng, "Bangkok’s Green Lung", and then back to visit a small community in Yannawa.



Bicycle tour - Siam Sawan (Heaven)




Jungle Bike Tour – Bang Krajao area 

Bang Krajao is in Phra Pradaeng the narrow tongue of land formed by the sharp meander in the Chao Phraya that’s filled lush greenery. Visit the Bang Namphueng floating market at the weekends.


Jungle Bike Tour




Old Bangkok full-day cycle tour

Visit Bangkok Noi, the older side of Bangkok, on the west bank of the Chao Phraya, Wat Sri Sudaram where Sunthorn Phu the famous Thai poet attended the temple school and Ban Bu community that makes the famous Thai Bronzeware.


Old Bangkok Full-Day Cycle Tour




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Bangkok guided tours - walking and food tours 


Old Town Food Tour 

Get to taste Thai street food in Charoen Krung Road, the oldest road in Bangkok, in the Bangrak district and along the way tour some of the old temples as well.


Old Town Food Tour in small group



Chinatown Food Discovery tour 

Visit Wat Traimit the Temple of the Golden Buddha which still holds the world record for the biggest Buddha image, then it’s on to the Saphan Phut (Memorial Bridge) night market, Paknam Talad flower market and sample street food along the way.


Chinatown Night Market Tour




Chinatown Night Food Tour in small group 

This tour concentrates more on food and other delicacies along food alleys for which Chinatown is famous, rather than on other street markets.


Chinatown Night Food tour in small group



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Bangkok guided tours - guided sightseeing tours


Ko Kred 

Ko Kred (Kred Island) is an island in the Chao Phraya River in Nonthaburi province just north of Bangkok. It is home to the old Mon community who has lived in Thailand for centuries. The Mon are famous for their pottery.



Half Day Tour of Ko Kred and Mon Village




Muang Boran – Ancient City

Muang Boran is an outdoor museum in Samut Prakarn south of Bangkok covering 96 hectares or 240 acres in the shape of the map of Thailand with scaled models or replicas of ancient city ruins and historical monuments from various parts of Thailand.


Half-Day Tour of Muang Boran

the Ancient City



Old Prison, temple and canal tour 

Tour the Bangkok Corrections Museum, which used to be a maximum security prison in the last century. The museum preserves gruesome aspects of Thai prison history and the brutal prison life before reforms were made to the penal system. 

To calm your troubled soul after this mind-numbing experience, you will be taken on a tour of three temples.


Tour of Old Prison Museum and Temples





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If you still haven’t found anything you like, here is a complete list of the Bangkok guided tours.  (If you have difficulty loading the page, click on the refresh button.)


Self-guided tours

For those who are more adventurous and prefer self-guided tours to the outskirts of Bangkok, here are two recommended tours.


Bang Khun Thien

an outing to Bangkok's sea front





Phasi Charoen Canal boat

tour a different face of Bangkok





Phra Khanong Canal

a contrast of the old and new



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Have fun and enjoy your Bangkok tours.


References 

If you wish to find out more about some of the places mentioned in this article, here is the list of references. 

  1. Ban Bu – Thai Bronze ware
  2. Bang Khun Thien Museum
  3. Bang Namphueng floating market – Phra Pradaeng
  4. Bangkok Corrections Museum – life in a Thai prison
  5. Bangkok Noi Museum – the older side of Bangkok
  6. Bangkok River Cruise – sightseeing on the Chao Phraya
  7. Charoen Krung Road – the oldest road in Bangkok
  8. Chinatown Bangkok – the Chinese legacy in Bangkok
  9. Ko Kred – the island in the Chao Phraya
  10. MR Kukrit Pramoj Heritage Home
  11. Muang Boran – the Ancient City
  12. Wat Sri Sudaram – school of the great poet
  13. Wat Traimit – Temple of the Golden Buddha


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