Tuk Tuk Tours
Explore Bangkok by the iconic tuk tuk
Walk & snack your way from the Flower Market to Chinatown
As you walk you will pass through the following market areas: The Flower Market, Ban Mo (electronics), The Old Siam (snacks, silk and guns), Phahurat - Little India (wedding accessories and fabrics), Sampaeng (accessories), Khlong Thom (cheap electonics), Charoen Chai (Chinese offerings), Talad Mai (Chinese dry ingredients).
Chinatown’s Samphaeng Market is famous for selling wholesales accessories and cheap fashion items. During the night this is mainly wholesale, but during the day the crowds come to find bargains. As you walk through the narrow lanes you will feel the vibe.
Let’s EAT! There are snacks all around you and your guide will select some snacks from some of the most interesting street vendors. There are so many vendors along the way that we can cater for a range of food interests.
The Old Siam is one of Bangkok’s oldest shopping plazas and as such it is still very traditional in what is sold. Silk, jewelry and snacks! Here you will find one of the best collection of Thai Royal snacks (both sweet and savory) as well as many other local favorites.
It’s not just about Thai snacks and Thai culture! This is a very multicultural area and as you walk you will pass through Little India and discover how different cultures have integrated into society. Here you will get to try a selection of the sweet snacks and desserts.
While not a full food tour, there are enough snacks to try as you walk. However, if you are still hungry towards the end there are 1 or 2 legendary food vendors where you can sit and fill your belly. If you are still hungry at the end of the tour (which we doubt), the tour finishes near Yaowarat, where the evening street vendors will be about to open – if you want to explore after the tour.
Through this tour we hope to give you insight into the local culture. Markets and food play a huge role in the local culture and society, so this tour provides a fun way to explore local life.
Two of the things that Bangkok is most famous for are markets and food, and the area between the Flower Market and Chinatown has probably the greatest diversity of both. This isn’t a shopping tour and it isn’t a full food tour. It’s a walking tour where we explore Thai culture through markets and snacks! As we walk we will pass through several market areas selling a diverse range of items.
You will meet at The Market Experience, which is our exclusive base tucked away in the Flower Market. Here, we will introduce the tour and provide a welcome snack.
What follows will be a brief walk through the flower market and then continuing to walk through famous market areas like Ban Mo, The Old Siam, Phahurat, Sampaeng, Khlong Thom, Charoen Chai and Talad Mai. As you walk you will see how each area focuses on specific items ranging from fabrics, electronics, DVDs, guns, wedding accessories, fashion accessories, funeral accessories and food! Actually, everywhere sells food and we will stop for a diverse range of snacks along the way.
You will stop for snacks in at least 5 places. Most snack stops are planned but some may be spontaneous.
The tour finishes in the heart of Chinatown and from there the guide will either help you get to your next destination, or if you want to explore the area further you can carry on by yourself to visit the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit) or explore street food in Yaowarat.
This is a 3-4 hour walking tour and while it does pass through markets it is not intended to be a shopping tour. The total walk is about 3km so not too strenuous. However, it is hot in Bangkok so be prepared! We will have lots of breaks along the way.
Join in Group:
Includes: Guide, food and drinks, insurances
Excludes: Tips, additional items, pick-up / drop-off (included on private tours)
Meeting point: The tour starts at The Market Experience.
This is a walking tour: We walk approx. 3km over the space of 3 hours. It can be hot but we will stop to cool down as we go. This tour is not suitable for people with walking difficulties.
This is not a shopping tour: It is a tour that explores the local culture through markets. There is very limited time for shopping.
Getting to the meeting point: Please allow plenty of time to get to the meeting point as we can not wait. The meeting point is a tucked away and The Flower Market and we will send full instructions of how to find us upon booking. Remember, Bangkok traffic can be bad and we advise taking public transport where possible.
Food and Dietary Requirements: We stop for snacks as we go so do not eat too much beforehand. We do not serve full dishes but a wide range of diverse snacks (both sweet and savory). We can adapt for vegetarians. Please advise us if you have specific dietary requirements.
The weather: Bangkok can get very hot and as this is walking tour, please do dress comfortably but respectfully.
If it rains we have more fun: Rainy season can be from May to November. When it does rain it usually only lasts a short time. Our guides will provide ponchos and we will adapt the tour where needed. We do not offer refunds if it rains.
Group Sizes: This tour is limited to a maximum group size of 8 people when run as a join-in tour. For private tours we can do bigger groups. However, we keep the groups small to ensure a better experience in the markets! For 6 people or more we suggest a private tour.
Suitability for children: We do allow children but as this is a walking tour we do expect parents to make the judgement as to whether it is suitable for children. We do pass through busy market areas so it make it is very challenging with child buggies!
Private & Custom Tours: If you have specific requirements or a group of 6 or more we suggest you contact us about a private tour. Private tours include pick-up and drop-off (although often we may use public transport to avoid traffic), and the route may be adapted to your needs.
Advanced booking and payment is required: We cannot guarantee availability until payment has been received. Book now to secure your experience.