Rustic Thonburi Food Tour & Canal Boat Adventure

This tour combines the most 2 popular travel activities in Bangkok, food tasting and canal excursion! Thonburi is a neighborhood of Bangkok. It’s located just across the city’s urban area on the Chao Phraya river but remains unbelievably rustic and even rural. There are numerous canals which the locals traverse instead of using roads. So a visit to Thonburi is like taking a time-machine back into time.

The tour will take you to Thonburi’s most famous eateries located along canals and in traditional wet markets. You’ll taste delicious granny recipes like beef and meatball soup, pork Kway Jab (rolled rice noodle soup), traditional Thai desserts, vegetable dumplings, and various dishes of Northeastern Thai (Issan) cuisine, and experience slow-pacing lifestyle unaffected by Bangkok’s hectic lives.

Thonburi was a capital of Thailand for 15 years before Bangkok rose. So the over-2-century neighborhood offers several spectacular ancient sites which are also highlights of the tour. During the fun boat ride via canals, you can see rustic wooden stilt houses, the locals chilling out and going about their daily activities without any hastes. And among several fascinating things you can see from the boat, there might be a monitor lizard! En-route is the peaceful Artist’s House, a laid-back hub of art lovers. Rustic Thonburi Food Tour & Canal Boat Adventure is a great getaway for half a day from the bustles and hustles of Bangkok.


  • Super local breakfast in the middle of a busy local wet market. You'll have the best beef noodle soup in Thonburi and traditional Thai coffee side-by-side with the locals who spend quality time on breakfast
  • Red curry fried river prawn on rice crowned by Iron Chef Thailand Award
  • Thonburi’s most traditional local markets famous for local foodies.
  • Cruising Thonburi’s canals and experience locals' daily life by long-tail boat
  • Artist's House, a rustic canal-side art gallery/souvenir shop with traditional puppet show and an ancient stupa in the middle of the property

Is the tour for me?

Travel Style : Foodie, Local Rides

Duration : 8.45AM - 2PM

Availability : Everyday

Group Size : 2 - 8 persons (Join In)


1,990 THB for Adult | 1,500 THB for Child


From BTS Talat Phlu Station, we take a local ride to one of the neighborhood's best foodie market, Talad Phlu. Here, we'll grab Steamed Leek Stuffed Dough from a street cart, and sit down in a small restaurant to eat a delicious beef and meatball soup. At a traditional Thai sweet shop, we'll get a yummy dessert takeaway. Then, we stop at the beautiful Ratchakrue temple, and walk to the adjacent Wat Klang Market where we explore its food stalls and learn about secret ingredients of Thai food. We'll have a traditional coffee with Chinese fried dough along other things for breakfast in an old-school coffee shop here.

Then, it's time to explore Thonburi's fascinating canal networks. We'll stop at a canal-side ancient temple. Next to it is the Artist's House, a quaint art gallery and coffee shop with a relaxing atmosphere. In this neighborhood, we'll have red curry fried river prawn on rice and Kway Jab at nearby restaurant. More canal cruise, and we get dropped off at Wat Rakang Kositaram, another very sacred site for Bangkokians. The food journey continues at Wang Lang Market where you will try various Thai regional cuisines, from Central to Northeastern Thai cuisine, as well as street food. The tour finishes at Tha Chang Pier. You may have a short walk to the Grand Palace or the tour guide can give you directions to catch the skytrain or the subwa

Remark :

  • Private option available
  • No vegetarian option
  • A top that covers your shoulders and a knee-length-or-longer bottom wear are required for men and women when entering a temple

What's included?

  • 5 food stops with over 10 dishes, drinks, and dessert. Think a big breakfast and lunch!
  • A fun canal boat ride
  • Experienced and friendly fully-licensed local tour guide
  • Basic medical insurance
  • Bangkok Food Guide

What's not included?

  • Pick-up service (our meeting place is easily reached via public BTS sky train system)
  • Food and drinks which the tour guide doesn't provide and are not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips for the guide and the boat driver

Meeting Point

Talad Phu BTS Station, exit 2


Every Smiling Tuk Tuk ™ tour has been designed with an emphasis on supporting and distributing incomes in local communities. This tour brings you to small eateries, so via us, you can support small local business – another source of income they are very happy to have. Likewise for long-tail boat drivers. They earn little income daily. While popular among foreign tourists, their Thai passengers are becoming less in number. But since most of them are unable to speak English, without a translation help, they can't get foreign customers. Their service to you helps to increase their income significantly.

Price : 1,990 THB for Adult | 1,500 THB for Child

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