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Best Tours of Bangkok

Bangkok hides beautiful scenery, amazing culture and delicious food, book a tour and travel straight to have a great time in Thailand!

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

11 min read

Best Tours of Bangkok

Mercado flotante en Bangkok|© Frida Aguilar Estrada

Thailand has been the most popular destination in recent years for young tourists. Bangkok, the capital of this country, has become the most visited city thanks to the variety of destinations and activities it offers. Its official name is Krung Thep Mahanakhon.

Among so many options to enjoy the best things Bangkok has to offer, I recommend tours. You will find a variety of options that will help you get around the city and not miss anything. You will also be able to enjoy the good Thai food.

1. Private guide in Bangkok and surroundings: personalized tour

people walking in nature|© Kentaro Toma
people walking in nature|© Kentaro Toma

If you are a well-informed tourist, you probably have several destinations in mind that you want to explore. If so, I recommend you to hire a private guide and show him your places of interest. This way this professional will take you directly to the sites you want. This type of tours usually have an average cost of 60 € and a duration of approximately eight hours.

Among the sites that are usually included in these tours include the Grand Palace and the floating market. You can even visit Bangkok's lively neighborhoods and sample the local food. Please note that everything you consume during the tour is at your own expense. In addition, it is common that the tourist also offers food to his guide.

On the other hand you can visit the best temples of the city among which are Wat Po and Wat Arun. Other sites you can include are the Jim Thompson House, Khaosan Road and more. Entrance to museums and temples should be at your own expense, as well as transportation.

You should also consider that this type of tour does not include private transportation, but that your guide will tell you which public transportation to take. Also, you will have to walk especially if the sites you will visit are close to each other.

Details of interest

  • Price: about 60 €.
  • Duration: about 8 h.
  • Means of transport: you will take public transport and walk around the city.
  • Advantages of this option: you will be able to walk around the city visiting the sites you prefer and your guide will accompany you at all times.
  • Disadvantages of this option: it is better to do a little more research before hiring this service, so you will know which sites you should visit. However, you can ask your guide to point out the best options.

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2. Bangkok by night: temples, markets and food in a tuk tuk

wat phra kaeo by night|©Heiko S
wat phra kaeo by night|©Heiko S

Among the best things to do at night in Bangkok is a tour in a tuk tuk. This type of tour has an average cost of 75 € and lasts approximately four hours. To start you must meet your guide at the station that he/she indicates. Usually it is the Krung Thonburi, at the exit of the Green Line.

The first thing you will do in a night with this type of tour is to get on a tuk-tuk. This is a motorized tricycle very popular in different Asian countries. On board this vehicle you will be able to see the city, its temples and skyscrapers illuminated.

With this means of transportation, you will visit different destinations such as markets, palaces and even the hectic streets of Chinatown. There you can find places to eat authentic Thai fast food and even enjoy a delicious dessert. At all times your guide will tell you important details and facts about all the places you visit.

Please note that this tour does not include entrance to the different temples, but they are on your own. At the end of the tour, your guide will take you back to the starting point or to the nearest public transportation station to the hotel where you are staying.

Details of interest

  • Price: about 75 €.
  • Duration: about 4 h.
  • Means of transport: tuk tuk.
  • Advantages of this option: you will be able to experience Bangkok at night and one of its most popular transports.
  • Disadvantages of this option: the entrance fee to the visited sites is not included.

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3. Market tour with cooking class plus lunch or dinner

Bangkok Market|©Mallory Parkington
Bangkok Market|©Mallory Parkington

Do you like Thai food? If your answer was yes, you should sign up for this tour with cooking class in Bangkok. There is no better way to learn about a culture than through its cuisine. These types of experiences usually have an average cost of 40 € and an approximate duration of four hours.

Food tours in Bangkok are the order of the day. However, to make them more interesting, cooking classes are included. To start this tour, the first thing you will do is meet your guide and your group at a specific location in the city. From there you can head to the nearest market.

There your guide and chef will tell you what ingredients to buy. You will be fascinated to see all the stores and ingredients you can choose from. Then it will be time to go to the kitchen where the magic will happen. You can choose from a list of 20 dishes the five that catch your attention. These include pineapple fried rice, green curry and sweet and sour chicken, among others.

Once you choose what you are going to prepare, the chef will give you the instructions you need. When you are finished you can enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner, depending on the time of day you take this tour. This will be a great moment to share with other tourists before returning to your hotel or continuing to enjoy the city.

Details of interest

  • Price: around 40 €.
  • Duration: about 4 h.
  • Means of transport: walking tour.
  • Advantages of this option: you will learn how to prepare Thai dishes.
  • Disadvantages of this option: you will not visit many parts of the city. Also not recommended if you do not like cooking.

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4. Floating and railway market, coconut and salt workshop in Bangkok

Floating market|©Eduardo Gibba
Floating market|©Eduardo Gibba

Have you ever seen a floating market, well in Bangkok you will! Your guide will take you to see them and you will also learn how some of the coconut and salt workshops in this city work. This whole experience has an average cost of 40 € and lasts approximately seven hours.

A tour of the floating markets of Bangkok is a must on your visit to this city. To tour them you must meet your guide at a pre-arranged point. This person will tell you which transport to take to get to the place where you should get on a boat that will take you to the Damnoen Saduak floating market.

You can take a boat ride and then walk around this market. Then it will be time to visit the railway market. Visiting these sites will allow you to learn about the local culture and see how the locals conduct themselves. You can also take home a souvenir for when you return home.

The last stops are usually the small workshops where coconut sugar and salt are made. You can have a tasting and learn about all the work these people do. At the end, your guide will take you back to the starting point or drop you off at the closest point to your hotel or your next destination.

Details of interest

  • Price: about 40 €.
  • Duration: approximately 7 h.
  • Means of transportation: boat and walking tour.
  • Advantages of this option: you will be able to see sites that are not found in other parts of the world.
  • Disadvantages of this option: if you feel dizzy traveling by boat, this may not be the best option for you.

5. Dinner cruise on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River

Bangkok river cruise|©eGuide Travel
Bangkok river cruise|©eGuide Travel

A Bangkok river cruise tour is a unique experience you must have in this city. This tour takes place on the Chao Phraya River and to get there you must meet your guide at a pre-arranged place. The average cost of this cruise is 50 € and has an average duration of three hours.

From the meeting point, your guide will take you to the pier where you will board a luxurious boat. You can sit in the comfortable seats or stroll along the deck and admire the city as the sun sets. As the ride progresses, your guide will point out the sites that can be seen from there. Highlights include the Temple of Dawn and the Grand Palace.

At one point during the tour you can enjoy the large Thai buffet included in this tour. You will be able to eat delicious dishes and even desserts at this amazing dinner. You will even have the chance to listen to the melodious music of a live band or local guest artists.

On this tour you will also pass under the Royal Barges National Museum Bridge, as well as The Riverfront Asiatique Museum and Phra Sumen Wat Rakang Kositaram Fort, among other sites. At the end, you will return to the pier so you can return to your hotel or continue to enjoy the night in Bangkok, with other vibrant plans.

Details of interest

  • Price: about 50 €.
  • Duration: about 3 h.
  • Means of transport: boat.
  • Advantages of this option: you will enjoy a delicious Thai buffet and the night view of the city.
  • Disadvantages of this option: if you usually get seasick during boat rides, this may not be your best option to get to know Bangkok.

Book a dinner cruise in Bangkok

6. Bamboo bike tour at twilight to see the fireflies dancing

Bamboo Bicycle|©orangebrompton
Bamboo Bicycle|©orangebrompton

Would you like to see a natural spectacle composed of thousands of fireflies? In Bangkok you can see it thanks to a bicycle tour at twilight. This experience has an average cost of 60 € and lasts approximately five hours. Just meet your guide at a specific point, take your bike and start the tour.

Bicycle tours in Bangkok are very popular and in demand. On this one you will have the opportunity to ride a bicycle made of bamboo, have you ever seen one, you will love it! They are safe and eco-friendly vehicles that will help you get to know the city.

If you want to see the fireflies popular in the city, then you should do this tour during the night. The tour usually takes you through the back streets of the capital until you reach a restaurant near the Chao Phraya River. There you can enjoy a dinner included in the final price of the tour. After dinner you can continue the tour to where your guide tells you to go.

Please note that you can only see the fireflies if you travel between May and December to Bangkok. In other season you can do the same tour, but you will not be able to see this spectacle. A bottle of water and a safety helmet are included in the tour.

Details of interest

  • Price: about 60 €.
  • Duration: approximately 5 h.
  • Means of transport: bamboo bicycle.
  • Advantages of this option: you will be able to tour the city aboard a bamboo bike and interact with the nature of Bangkok.
  • Disadvantages of this option: if you do not know how to ride a bike, it would be better to take another type of tour.

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What to bring for a tour in Bangkok?

girl with suitcase|© Rui Silvestre
girl with suitcase|© Rui Silvestre

When traveling to Bangkok you should keep in mind that the climate throughout the year is hot and the humidity is usually high. This is because the city is crossed by the Chao Phraya River. If you want to feel less heat during your stay, the best time of the year to visit Bangkok would be January.

However, I recommend doing a little more research to find out if any activities or festivals are held in a different month. No matter what time of year you travel you should keep in mind that the clothes you wear should be light and cool. This way you will be able to walk calmly and not overheat too much.

In case you travel in rainy months, do not forget to bring an umbrella. On the other hand, do not forget to bring sunscreen and always have a bottle of water at hand. It is also good to have cash on hand in local currency, so you can tip or pay for services more easily.

Tips for a tour in Bangkok

people on the streets of Bangkok|©Tautvaldas Tumenas
people on the streets of Bangkok|©Tautvaldas Tumenas

Among the facts you should know about Bangkok is that it is considered disrespectful to buy Buddha souvenirs. You will even see billboards explaining this. If you want to take a souvenir home, it would be best to bring a handicraft or something similar.

On the other hand, it is good to do some research on the sites you want to see in Bangkok. Many tours can be customized to your liking so it will be a great opportunity for you to plan an itinerary that meets your expectations. This way you will be able to enjoy much more of this Asian paradise in Thailand.

Let's compare the options

Two buses on the avenue|©Fotomac360
Two buses on the avenue|©Fotomac360
  • Private guide in Bangkok and surroundings: personalized tour
  • Price: about 60 €.
  • Duration: about 8 h.
  • Means of transport: you will take public transport and walk around the city.
  • Advantages of this option: you will be able to walk around the city visiting the sites you prefer and your guide will accompany you at all times.
  • Disadvantages of this option: it is better to do a little more research before hiring this service, so you will know which sites you should visit. However, you can ask your guide to point out the best options.
  • Bangkok by night: temples, markets and food in a tuk tuk.
  • Price: about 75 €.
  • Duration: about 4 h.
  • Means of transport: tuk tuk.
  • Advantages of this option: you will be able to experience Bangkok at night and one of its most popular transports.
  • Disadvantages of this option: the entrance fee to the visited sites is not included.
  • Market tour with cooking class plus lunch or dinner.
  • Price: about 40 €.
  • Duration: about 4 h.
  • Means of transport: walking tour.
  • Advantages of this option: you will learn how to prepare Thai dishes.
  • Disadvantages of this option: you will not visit many parts of the city. Also not recommended if you do not like cooking.
  • Floating and railway market, coconut and salt workshop in Bangkok.
  • Price: about 40 €.
  • Duration: about 7 h.
  • Means of transport: boat and walking tour.
  • Advantages of this option: you will be able to see places that are not found in other parts of the world.
  • Disadvantages of this option: if you get seasick traveling by boat, this may not be the best option for you.
  • Dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok
  • Price: about 50 €.
  • Duration: about 3 h.
  • Means of transport: boat.
  • Advantages of this option: you will enjoy a delicious Thai buffet and the night view of the city.
  • Disadvantages of this option: if you usually get seasick during boat rides, this may not be your best option to get to know Bangkok.
  • Bamboo bike tour at dusk to see the dancing fireflies.
  • Price: about 60 €.
  • Duration: about 5 h.
  • Means of transport: bamboo bike.
  • Advantages of this option: you will be able to tour the city aboard a bamboo bike and interact with the nature of Bangkok.
  • Disadvantages of this option: if you do not know how to ride a bicycle, it would be better to take another type of tour.