Guided tour

Old Bangkok Temples and Markets by Tuk Tuk

Old Bangkok Temples and Markets by Tuk Tuk

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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.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Climb to the top of the Golden Mount and get panoramic views
  • Marvel at the Phra Sumeru Fortress and encounter Buddhist heritage at Wat Po
  • Ward-off bad luck at the Amulet Market
  • Discover a centuries-old community preserving the tradition of handmade alms bowls
  • Join a carbon neutral tour, organized and led by an eco-certified tour operator
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. 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
  • Tuk Tuk ride
  • Phra Sumeru Fortress Entrance Fee
  • Amulet Market Visit
  • Wat Saket Temple Entrance Fee
  • Alms bowls Demonstration
  • Pak Khlong Talat flower market Visit
  • What Pho Entrance Fee
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips for driver or guide
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Short skirts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • This tour is organized and led by the world's largest travel B-Corp certified company. B-Corp Certification measures a company’s social and environmental impacts and responsible tourism practices
  • 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 23 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5
  • Service
    4.8/5

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Great way to explore

The guide was really nice and gave a lot of interesting information about Bangkok both history and present life. Our group consisted of 4 tuktuks, we felt safe with drivers not taking any unnessary risks in bangkok hectic roads. We highly recommend this trip if you wants to see the highlights but have limited time.

November 25, 2015

Loved scooting around town avoiding traffic in the Tuk tuk..

Breathing exhaust and being in traffic is Bangkok, so what better place to do it than in a tuk tuk. People riding in luxury buses miss all the street level action seeing the vendors and colorful characters up close and personal. Our guide was personable and knowledgeable. At least the tuk tuk got a breeze as it sliced through traffic. The small group tour waste best way to see the city.

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March 30, 2015

Comprehensive street level overview of the city.

Be prepared to sweat and inhale fumes the whole time. But, regardless, this was an excellent way to see the city. Tuk tuks move quickly where tour buses cannot and the personalized guide service was spot on! At least there were breezes and you felt like you really were experiencing the city.

March 30, 2015

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