The Off-Beat Tuk Tuk Tour
Do you wish to see the sides of Bangkok unfamiliar to most travelers? This tour takes you beyond beaten-path attractions and to 3 distinct neighborhoods where the locals lead unique culture and ways of life. To make it more fun, we’ll travel by Tuk Tuk! Learn the origin of Bangkok, and the history of Thonburi which preceded Bangkok but is now a part of the city. See the city’s ancient traditions, practices, and belief portrayed via beautiful temple art and architecture. In the communities, we’ll zigzag through a maze of alleys to find ancient dying art, see people of different religious beliefs living in harmony, taste delicious Portuguese-Thai fusion cake, and take photos of beautiful wooden houses and shophouses. The tour is great for both Bangkok first-timers and frequent visitors as it gives you orientations to the city. Join this half-day tour with us and experience the sides of Bangkok you may not be aware of before.
- See ancient mural paintings of Suvarnnaram Temple and its beautiful temple architecture
- See how the locals make stone polished bronze bowls, the dying art aging over 2 centuries in the Baan Bu community
- Visit the Kudee Jeen community where Thai Buddhists, Chinese Buddhists,Muslim, and Catholics live side-by-side in harmony. Go down small alleys and walkways to discover the neighborhood's religious and much-revered sites
- In Kudee Jeen community, experience the unique culture of Portuguese-Thai descendants who make a major population of the community. Taste the cake that mixes Portuguese and Thai recipes passed on for generations among its other Eurasian heritage.
- Learn about the Portuguese settlers and descendant Taste the famous delicacy of the Kudee Jeen community – Khanom Farang.
- Explore an old Chinese neighborhood where colorful ancient houses and buildings are well-preserved. One is an old home turned into a museum and cafe and it even has a scuba training pool inside!
- Enjoy delicious Chinese snack made with beans and a local delectable lunch at the best restaurant in the old Chinese neighborhood
Is the tour for me?
Travel Style : Move
Duration : 9AM - 1.30PM
Availability : Everyday except Weekend
Group Size : Private
|Number of People||1||2 - 3||4 - 5||6 - 7||8 - 9||10 - 16|
|Price per person (THB)||4,100||2,100||2,000||1,900||1,800||1,700|
Meet at Talad Phlu BTS Station and board on a Tuk Tuk to our first stop: Suvarnnaram Temple. Here, we marvel at its beautiful mural paintings and temple architecture, and learn about the Thonburi and early Bangkok kingdoms. The next stop is the Baan Bu community where we see the ancient art of stone polished bronze bowl making. Then we arrive at Kudee Jeen community, walk in the neighborhood to see how to locals live and visit its iconic religious landmarks including the Santa Cruz Catholic Church. You'll also get to taste the delicious Portuguese-Thai egg cake or Khanom Farang here. At our last community, Talad Noi, we visit a traditional Chinese sweet shop, and a beautiful ancient home-turned-into-museum. Along the route, we'll see several more ancient Chinese houses and pretty street art. For lunch, we'll have fried noodles with water mimosa or duck rice at the best restaurant in Talad Noi. The tour ends around 1.30 when the Tuk Tuk drop you off at MRT Hua Lamphong Station.
- A Fun Tuk Tuk ride throughout the tour
- Experienced and friendly licensed local tour guide
- Basic medical insurance
- Delicious lunch - food and drinks which the tour guide provides
What's not included?
- Pick-up and drop-off service (our meeting place is easily reached via BTS or public skytrain system)
- Food and drinks which the tour guide doesn't provide and are not mentioned in the itinerary
- Tips for the guide and the Tuk Tuk driver
Talad Phlu BTS Station
Every Smiling Tuk Tuk ™ tour has been designed with an emphasis on supporting and distributing incomes in local communities. As you may know, Bangkok tuk tuk drivers are notorious for scams which makes it hard for them to gain foreign tourists' trust. Losing chances to serve foreign tourists means having less customers – not good for the already low income they make. Via traveling with us, you help them break away from this vicious circle. The training we provide to the drivers doesn't only better the quality of their service, but will also regain the good image of this Thailand's icon in tourism industry.