Where East Meets West
(Walking Tour)

Discover the secrets of Bangrak

  • Visit historic places like the old customs house
  • Visit local markets
  • Visit local temples
  • Experience local life
  • See the local food

Summary

On this walking tour you will explore the communities along Bangkok's first road and learn about the settlement of the Europeans in Bangkok

  • Walk along the first road of Bangkok
  • Learn about the early European settlers
  • Explore the diversity of Bangrak community

Price: Join in tour: 900THB per person Private tour: Price on demand

Duration: The tour starts at 9am and lasts approximately 2.5 hours

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Description

Along the bank of the Chao Phraya river, traders from both the East and the West started settling over one hundred years ago. In response to the requests from the early European settlers, Charoen Krung Road was built and became Bangkok’s first paved road. This tour follows the Charoen Krung Road and explores the stories behind the communities that settled in the Bangrak district of Bangkok.

You will be met your guide at BTS Saphan Taksin at 9.00am. Following an introduction by your guide you will set out on a 3km walk. As you walk we will pass through the fascinating area of Bangrak where Chinese, Thai and Muslim communities coexist and we pass by market vendors, shops and restaurants who have been operating as family businesses for over 70 years. As we approach the Assumption Church and community the focus changes to the Europeans and the impact they had on Bangkok as the country opened up to trade with the West. As we continue we see the signs of this impacts: The first hotel in Bangkok, the first road in Bangkok, The European Embassies, The Customs House…

The tour finishes at Si Phraya Pier from where you can then jump on the river boat to continue your day or maybe head on to Chinatown. The tour lasts approximately 2.5 hour and will finish about 11:30.

As you walk don’t forget to smile and say “Sawasdee” to the people we pass by.

Details

Included

Guide, water and snacks, transport during the tour, insurances

Excluded

Pick up / drop off from hotels, tips, alcoholic drinks

Essentials
  • Our join-in tours are small groups with a maximum 15 people. Therefore booking and advance payment is required.
  • A minimum number of 2 people is required to run this trip. Individuals can book but we reserve the right to cancel the trip if the minimum is not reached.
  • Private tours are available on request

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The meeting point is Saphan Taksin BTS Station (see map below). Full details will be sent to you on booking.

Included

Guide, water and snacks, transport during the tour, insurances

Excluded

Pick up / drop off from hotels, tips, alcoholic drinks

Essentials

  • Our join-in tours are small groups with a maximum 15 people. Therefore booking and advance payment is required.
  • A minimum number of 2 people is required to run this trip. Individuals can book but we reserve the right to cancel the trip if the minimum is not reached.
  • Private tours are available on request

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The meeting point is Saphan Taksin BTS Station (see map below). Full details will be sent to you on booking.