Tuk Tuk Tours
Explore Bangkok by the iconic tuk tuk
Updated March 26, 2020
Due to the increasing impact of COVID-19 we have decided to stop running tours and cooking classes (at The Market Experience) from now until April 17.
COVID-19 effects the whole world and we share the challenges with many around the globe. It is our duty to do our bit not just to protect our staff but the country and planet we love. Within Thailand, COVID-19 is now at a level where it is our duty to promote social distancing and staying at home.
For anyone who has booked a tour with us who still has not cancelled (very few) then we offer free cancellation or rescheduling.
For a company like us this is extremely challenging. March is usually one of the best months of the year for us and like many businesses our future is at risk. What we ask is for everyone who has cancelled trips, please do visit Bangkok when the world is back to normal and please think of us. Please help us by booking direct with us and we will give you the most amazing service possible.
Here is a summary of the current situation on March 26, 2020. This may quickly change.
For over 1 month Thailand experienced surprisingly few reported cases of COVID-10. However in the last 2 weeks the number of cases has gone from approx 50 to 721 (+122 increase on March 23). There is now concern that cases are spreading across the country with also as many cases being reported outside Bangkok. For many reasons people believe this is far under-reported.
On March 22 the government announced the closure until April 12, of all malls and non food markets. Restaurants and street food vendors are no longer allowed to serve sit down customers and many now offer delivery only menus. Supermarkets and stalls selling food and fresh produce are allowed to stay open.
On March 26 the Government invoked an emergency decree with the aim of limiting people’s movements and forcing them to stay at home in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19. This also restricts foreigners (except those with work permits) from coming into Thailand.
The decree is still quite vague on many things but it gives the government ability to make decisions as needed. While there is no direct order to stay at home, many people talk about it. It may well come soon but we advise people to do their bit.
For the best updates in English on the current situation we suggest you follow:
Our commitment is to protect the jobs of our staff. We have an amazing team and we are doing our best to keep them, but we all have to make sacrifices if we are to get through this.
Our permanent office team are now working from home, but like many people they have all taken a 30% salary cut and are working just 3 days per week. This effects our team at our cooking school as well.
Our heart goes to our team of freelance tour guide and drivers who are impacted the most as we simply have no work for them. This is extremely tough on these amazing people who are at the core of the experiences we offer.
Our focus moves to building a strong company going forward. Developing new products, creating great content for our customers, and building the Expique brand.
In the interim we are looking to see how we can offer online / virtual experiences – but this just is not the same ;(
So many people around the world are self isolating at the moment. Some of you were meant to be in Bangkok at the moment, others dreaming about Bangkok in the future. Many are dreaming of travelling regardless of the destination.
We have started to make semi regular (3-5 times per week) videos under the title “Bring Bangkok to You”. We hope they will bring a smile to your face. Below you will see the first few episodes but for future ones please follow us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/expique
All we really hope is that once this is all over, people start travelling again, and hopefully to Bangkok. If you are starting to plan, feel free to drop us your questions
Until we see you again, please stay safe and healthy
Simon, Perasa and the whole Expique Team