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10 Best Food Tours of Bangkok

Bangkok is a destination completely different from anything you can imagine. Take some of its best tours and try the local cuisine.

Nicolas Reffray

Nicolas Reffray

10 min read

10 Best Food Tours of Bangkok

Persona vendiendo comida en embarcación |©Lisheng Chang

Bangkok is a popular destination for those looking for a different experience. Among the recommended tours, those exploring local cuisine are among the most sought after. With a wide variety of restaurants and street markets, the city offers something for everyone. Food tours are a great way to sample the best of Thai food while exploring the city and one of the best things to see and do in Bangkok.

Visiting Bangkok is an adventure, especially for us Westerners. It is a place to fall in love with, its culture, its colors, its flavors, everything here is worth trying. If you are a lover of Thai food, you will see that there is no better place to taste its main dishes, as well as others that you will only get here. And if you have never eaten this kind of food, you are in for a treat - join me for the best food tours in Bangkok!

1. Chinatown food tour and night markets in small groups

Bangkok Chinatown|©Stefan Bollinger
Bangkok Chinatown|©Stefan Bollinger

This is a perfect tour to get in touch with the local atmosphere and get up close to Thai food at night, as one of the most popular ways to experience Bangkok cuisine is through the night street markets. These are lively and energetic places with a wide variety of dishes, from snacks to main courses. Ideal for an evening stroll through Bangkok.

In this Chinatown, known as Yaowarat, you can indulge in local flavors such as skewered meat and fish, spicy green papaya, curry or fried noodles. You will be taken by your local guide to some of the most interesting sites in the neighborhood, such as the Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center, where you can learn a little about the history of the area.

The tour also includes a visit to Wat Traimit, the huge solid gold Buddha statue. You can have a coffee in a traditional coffee shop over 100 years old and go up to an important viewpoint in a skyscraper, with formidable 360-degree views of the city. It is for the latter that this is, for me, one of the best skyscraper climbing tours in Bangkok, as well as an absolutely unique experience.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 54 euros per person.
  • Duration: about 5 hours approximately.
  • Means of transport: walking tour.
  • Advantages of this option: admission and ascent to the 360 viewpoint is included.
  • Disadvantages of this option: it is only done at night.

Take a tour of the markets of Bangkok

2. Afternoon tour of Chinatown with local food tasting

Person on the street selling food|©GuyTv
Person on the street selling food|©GuyTv

On this tour you will tour Bangkok's Chinatown in the afternoon. You will meet your local guide, who will take you to visit the charming little streets of the neighborhood, as well as 7 different gastronomic establishments. You will learn all the secrets of the local markets and taste some typical dishes, such as rice with roast pork; dim sum, a coconut drink very famous in Bangkok; durian fruit, a local mystery, and much more.

On this tour you will also learn about the importance of Chinese culture in Thailand, while discovering all the charm of places absolutely different from anything you have ever seen. You will be amazed by the colors and aromas that flood the streets. Bangkok's Chinatown is no less than 200 years old, and is one of the favorite places for travelers. It is definitely one of the places you can not miss if you have 2 days in Bangkok or more.

Interesting details

  • Price: from 52 euros per person.
  • Duration: about 3 hours in total.
  • Means of transport: walking tour.
  • Advantages of this option: tastings are included, both in the markets and in the restaurant.
  • Disadvantages of this option: pick up and return to the lodging is not included.

3. Mrs. Bua de Kiin-Kiin: Michelin star dinner

Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin|©Bino Caina
Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin|©Bino Caina

In addition to street markets, Bangkok also boasts a wealth of high-quality restaurants. From traditional Thai cuisine to international cuisine, the restaurants in Bangkok offer something for everyone. On this tour, only suitable for the most discerning palates, you can enjoy the best of modern gastronomy at Sra Bua de Kiin-Kiin, a Michelin-starred restaurant.

The menu includes 8 different dishes, prepared by chef Chayawee. Some of them may be the Tom Yam prawns, the spicy Hokkaido scallop salad with grapefruit, the duck confit pad krapow with peas and quail egg, the pistachio soufflé with pistachio tuile or the delicious pandan ice cream. A real culinary adventure that will leave you in awe.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 69 euros per person.
  • Duration: no fixed duration, it depends on the time taken by each guest.
  • Means of transportation: pick up and return to the lodging is not included.
  • Advantages of this option: you will be able to enjoy an 8-course menu in a first class Thai restaurant.
  • Disadvantages of this option: It is not advisable to go with small children.

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4. Dinner with show: Rim Naam Room at the Mandarin Oriental

rim-naam-room|©keehuachee
rim-naam-room|©keehuachee

This tour invites you to cross the Chao Phraya River by ferry and enjoy a ride, where you can see the lights of the city, to reach the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Bangkok. Here, at the Sala Rim Naam restaurant, you can watch a traditional dance and music show, where battle scenes are also simulated, while enjoying a delicious Thai meal.

This experience is one of the best things to do in Bangkok at night because it is a perfect opportunity to experience a different kind of evening. You will be able to taste the typical flavors of the local cuisine, rice and roast pork dishes, fried dough fritters, delicious curries and much more. In addition, the setting could not be better, the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Bangkok is a place where luxury and good taste go hand in hand with local traditions.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 102 euros per person.
  • Duration: about 3 hours in total, approximately.
  • Means of transport: you will cross the Chao Phraya River by ferry.
  • Advantages of this option: includes the ferry back and forth.
  • Disadvantages of this option: drinks are not included.

Book a dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River

5. Private day tour to Ayutthaya: Temples, Summer Palace and lunch at Thai restaurant

Ayutthaya|©randmname
Ayutthaya|©randmname

Here is a tour of the ancient capital of Thailand, the city of Ayutthaya. On this full day tour you will have the opportunity to visit some amazing temples, such as Wat Lokayasutharam, different ruins, such as Vihara Phra Phra Mongkhon Bophit, Wat Phra Sri Sanphet and Wat Yai Chai Mang Khon, and savor a typical Thai lunch, while learning from your local expert guide all about the history and culture of this picturesque city.

Early in the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and taken in a very small group to the ancient city of Ayutthaya. The tour includes absolutely all entrances to the ruins and temples, so you don't have to worry about anything.

This is aperfect opportunity to learn a little more about Thailand, its culture, food and Buddhist religion. You will see that this is one of the best full day tours from Bangkok, ideal to do in the autumn months, where temperatures are more pleasant and not as sweltering as in summer. So if you plan to visit Bangkok in October, be sure to include this tour in your itinerary.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 153 euros per traveler.
  • Duration: about 9 hours in total.
  • Means of transport: air-conditioned private car.
  • Advantages of this option: Thai lunch is included, pick up and return to the hotel.
  • Disadvantages of this option: in case of staying in an airbnb, the company does not include pick-up and return, since Airbnb does not provide the addresses of their accommodations.

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6. Gastronomic tour: Foodie experience in historic Bang Rak

Selling fruits in the market|©sccart
Selling fruits in the market|©sccart

This group tour invites you to tour the beautiful historic neighborhood of Bang Rak, hand in hand with a local guide. As you stroll through the streets of one of Bangkok's centuries-old neighborhoods, you will learn all its culinary and cultural secrets. You will visit no less than 5 legendary local restaurants.

You will taste Thai-Muslim cuisine, enjoy dishes such as roast duck with rice, Thai custard bread, crispy dough with green curry, papaya salad, lemongrass and spicy pork salad, among other local delicacies. The tour also includes a ferry ride for lunch at a traditional restaurant across the river.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 46 euros per person.
  • Duration: about 3 hours and 30 minutes in total.
  • Means of transport: walking tour of the historic district of Bang Rak.
  • Advantages of this option: all tastings are included.
  • Disadvantages of this option: pick up and return to the lodge is not included.

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7. Night gastronomic tour around the city in a tuk tuk

Night Ride in Bangkok|©somazeon
Night Ride in Bangkok|©somazeon

What better way to tour the Thai capital than on one of the best tuk tuk tours in Bangkok? Your local driver will take you through some of Bangkok's most popular food markets, where you can sample Thai noodles and many other local delicacies.

The tuk tuk is a popular vehicle in the country, it is a motorcycle with room for two or three passengers, making this tour one of the most intimate. You will visit the Sam Yan market, see the Buddhist temple of Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho), take endless colorful photos at the flower market of Pak Khlong Talat, and have a drink on the exclusive terrace of the Temple Of Dawn (Wat Arun).

Details of interest

  • Price: from 67 euros per traveler.
  • Duration: about 4 hours in total.
  • Means of transport: traditional tuk tuk.
  • Advantages of this option: entrance fees to markets and temples are included.
  • Disadvantages of this option: hotel pick-up is not included and the return is only to selected hotels.

Book a gastronomic tuk tuk tour in Bangkok

8. Midnight gastronomic tuk tuk tuk tour

Tuk tuk line in the street|©Loek Janssen
Tuk tuk line in the street|©Loek Janssen

Discover Bangkok's nightlife aboard a picturesque tuk tuk, and feel like a local. This tour has it all if you are looking to discover the night and the flavors of the city. You will visit the less traveled areas on a 3-wheeled tuk tuk, along with your driver and specialized guide. You will be able to taste a varied sample of Thai gastronomy, from savory dishes, such as Pad Thai or charcoal fried noodles.

Bangkok tends to be a hot city, especially in the summer months. That's why if you are visiting Bangkok in May, this midnight tour is ideal. While tasting the local food, you can cool off with a cold Thai beer. You will also visit some of the monuments and temples in the old part of the city (Bang Rak). This tour is one of the best things to do at night in Bangkok.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 64 euros per traveler.
  • Duration: about 4 hours in total.
  • Means of transport: local tuk tuk.
  • Advantages of this option: entrance fees to monuments and temples are included.
  • Disadvantages of this option: hotel pick-up is not included.

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9. Traditional Klong boat ride and local food tasting

Klong on the water|©grzegorzmielczarek
Klong on the water|©grzegorzmielczarek

This tour takes you on a ride along Bangkok' s canals and some of its most outstanding culinary markets, such as Nang Loeng Market. A specialized local chef will tell you the secrets of Thai cuisine, its unique products and ways of preparation. You will taste a variety of exquisite Thai specialties, such as Hokkien noodles or banana fritters.

In addition to the Klong boat ride, you will visit restaurants and street food stalls to get to know the flavors of Bangkok and become an expert in Thai food.

Details of interest

  • Price: from 56 euros per person.
  • Duration: about 4 hours in total.
  • Means of transport: on foot and by traditional Klong boat.
  • Advantages of this option: you will get a privileged view of the city from the water.
  • Disadvantages of this option: alcoholic beverages and pick up and return to the lodge are not included.

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10. Grand Pearl: luxury dinner cruise experience in Bangkok

Grand Pearl tourist boat|©Uwe Schwarzbach
Grand Pearl tourist boat|©Uwe Schwarzbach

This is a luxury tour. You will travel aboard a cruise on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok to enjoy a first class dinner, while watching the city lights and relaxing. This is an ideal night adventure for couples, as the experience includes a traditional dance and music show on board.

An experience only for the most demanding. You will dine by candlelight with your partner and have a drink outdoors on the ship's terrace. The dinner is buffet style, so you will be able to taste different varieties of Thai and international food. Don't miss it!

Interesting details

  • Price: from 112 euros per person.
  • Duration: about 4 hours in total.
  • Means of transport: you will travel aboard a luxurious Thai cruise ship.
  • Advantages of this option: the music and dance show as well as the buffet dinner are included in the price.
  • Disadvantages of this option: since it is a romantic evening, children are not allowed.