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Bangkok: Hands-On Thai Cooking Class & Morning Market Tour

1. Bangkok: Hands-On Thai Cooking Class & Morning Market Tour

Meet at House of Taste Thai Cooking School in Si Lom. Discover the nearby market with a guided tour available for the morning class, where you will browse for the freshest ingredients to make your authentic Thai dishes.  Learn about various exotic Thai ingredients, including vegetables, rice, herbs, and spices, as well as the preparation of coconut milk and curry paste from scratch. Spend two hours making four delicious dishes, and savor each one individually while they're still hot and fresh. Two of the dishes every day are Stir-Fried Noodles with Shrimp (Pad-Thai) and Mango Sticky Rice for dessert. Depending on the day, starter options include Spicy Lemongrass Salad (Yum Ta-Krai), Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp (Tom Yun Goong), Spicy Coconut Soup with Chicken (Tom Kha Gai), and Thai Papaya Salad (Som Tum). Main course options include Green Curry, Red Curry, Panang Curry, and Massaman Curry, all made with chicken. Get your hands dirty by making the curry paste from scratch, and take home all recipes with you so you can recreate the gastronomic experience again in the future. For the afternoon class you will be able to enjoy a mango carving session.

From Bangkok: Holy Tattoo Experience at Wat Bang Phra

2. From Bangkok: Holy Tattoo Experience at Wat Bang Phra

Wat Bang Phra is a Buddhist monastery, approximately 50 kilometers west of Bangkok. The temple is known for its daily tattoos, or Sak Yant, given by the local monks. This tradition of tattooing dates back hundreds of years. The Gao Yord Yant or 9 Spires Yant is a sacred tattoo, believed to protect and bring good luck to the bearer. This has a similar meaning to another Sak Yant design, the Hah Taew Yant. The Gao Yord Yant is usually tattooed on the nape of the neck. The 9 Spires Yant is a geometric design and represents the 9 Sacred Peaks of Mount Meru. It contains 9 symbolic images of Buddha, demonstrating how important the number 9 is in Buddhism. This experience is truly unique in Thailand as the monks are only giving a holy tattoo and blessings to very few number of people per day. During this trip, there will be an English speaking guide who will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel in downtown Bangkok with an air-conditioned vehicle. The guide will explain to you the details of ceremony along the way and make sure that everything goes smoothly.  

Bangkok: Half-Day Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour

3. Bangkok: Half-Day Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour

Learn how to prepare and cook a traditional Thai meal at a fun and interactive 4-hour cooking class in Bangkok. Awaken your culinary creativity, visit a local market, and enjoy lots of healthy Thai food along the way. Each hands-on class consists of 4 delightful recipes, prepared in a fully-equipped workspace. Get expert tuition from a patient and experienced chef, and meet new like-minded foodie friends. Courses are available in the morning or afternoon, each including 2 breaks to sample the fruits of your labor. Whether you choose the morning or afternoon tour, you will journey by tuk-tuk to a local market to select the best quality ingredients. Head back to the cooking school for a welcome drink and cookery demonstration. The instructor will prepare the dishes, while you observe. Then it’s time to move to the stoves and get cooking! Create your dishes, with lots of assistance and tips to ensure that your Thai cuisine is just as it should be. Next, move to the dining area and enjoy the dishes you prepared in an informal atmosphere.

Bangkok: Chef Designed Food Tour For 8 Exclusive Guests

4. Bangkok: Chef Designed Food Tour For 8 Exclusive Guests

Enjoy a feasting tour of 16+ tastings that invites guests on a culinary experience around the backstreets of old Bangkok. It's a food tour designed by a chef, led by our team of professional foodie guides. Join Bangkok's #1 food tour company. Many are unaware of China's centuries-long influence on Thailand that has permeated much of Thai cuisine. From noodles to stir fries, it's time to feast on the history of this culinary marriage. In small groups of up to 8 exclusive guests, these passionate foodie guides take you on a journey around the alleyways of Yaowarat, Bangkok's Chinatown. If you don't want to spoil the surprises, prepare to drool over crispy chive dumplings with nam jim jaew sauce, mop up rich satay with charcoal-grilled chicken, work chopsticks over slow-braised pork, and delve into fragrant steamy bowls of shrimp dumplings and tum yum goong seafood soup. The tour concludes back at the start point, the Shanghai Mansion hotel, located along Yaowarat Road in all its neon glory. Enjoy local hospitality and meet new friends along the way. End the tour armed with the knowledge you'll need to continue eating street food across Thailand.

Bangkok: Michelin Guide Street Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

5. Bangkok: Michelin Guide Street Food Tour by Tuk Tuk

Discover Bangkok's vibrant Chinatown food scene with this group tour. Follow your guide to street food stalls that have been recommended by the Michelin Guide. Find out more about the history of these stalls and learn what dishes each stall is known for. Meet your guide in front of the River City Complex and ride a local Tuk Tuk to your first Chinatown destination, Lim Lao Now. Taste the fishball egg noodle dish. Walk down a narrow street to Yaowarat road to try fresh off the fryer Chinese Pa Tong Go Savoey doughnuts. Head to Nai Ek's rolled noodles shop. Taste perfectly cooked, thinly rolled-up rice noodles that resemble mini-cigars. Continue to another place for crab-fried rice topped with lime and chilies in fish sauce. Tour the area and see Rajadamnoen Avenue which links the Grand Palace to Dusit Palace. Finally, stroll to Jay Fai, which is the only Thai street stall with a Michelin star. Hear more about this food stall from your guide. Choose to end your tour with drop-off at the artsy Teens Of Thailand bar on the fringes of Chinatown, or go back to the Samyan MRT station.

Bangkok Classical Bicycle Tour

6. Bangkok Classical Bicycle Tour

This 3-hour bike tour of Bangkok is ideal for enthusiastic adventurers and those who want to extend their knowledge of Bangkok to its extensive Chinatown, historic capital of Thonburi and hidden backstreets. Starting in the heart of Chinatown, the 3-hour tour explores the frenetic market environment, winding through narrow streets and alleyways. Your senses will come alive to the sights, sounds, and smells of a vibrant community in motion. We will pass by shop houses selling everything from Buddhist amulets to recycled truck engines. Locals worshiping at hidden temples, ritual paper burnings, and the omnipresent spirit house display evidence of a culture that has been centuries in the making. Cross the Chao Phraya River, with majestic views of the city skyline behind you, and visit Thonburi, the historic third capital of Thailand. Contrasting chaotic Chinatown, peaceful elements of local Thai life abound as you cycle through diverse residential communities. Inquisitive smiles and friendly greetings reinforce the feeling that you have truly left behind the beaten path and are now experiencing the authentic Thailand on this thrilling tour of a Bangkok less well-known.

Bangkok: Half-Day Thai Cooking Class in Bangrak District

7. Bangkok: Half-Day Thai Cooking Class in Bangrak District

Discover Thailand through its flavors and spices on this half-day cooking course, right in the heart of Bangkok city. You will start your day meeting at the cooking school, nestled down a bustling road right next to a fresh market. If you have booked the morning tour, you will head to the market and have your teacher show you where the fresh ingredients are purchased - a real experience of the sights and smells of the city.  Your talented chef will then bring these ingredients to life as they help you to make five authentic dishes. The menu changes daily but it's likely you will get the chance to create a delicious fragrant curry, some sweet mango sticky rice, crispy hand-rolled spring rolls, and some famous Pad Thai.  The meal preparation will be followed by a sit-down meal with your group to enjoy the incredible dishes you have created. Not to worry that you will forget your new skills after the course you will be sent an email with all the recipes from the day so you can recreate these back at home and impress your friends and family. 

Bangkok: Thai Cooking Class and Onnuch Market Tour

8. Bangkok: Thai Cooking Class and Onnuch Market Tour

Discover the ins and outs of Thai food in this cooking and market experience. Explore the vibrant flavors of the Onnuch food market, learn how to pick the freshest ingredients, and try your hand at cooking Thailand's famous dishes. Meet at the Pink Chili Thai Cooking School and meet your cooking teacher. Head to the nearby Onnuch Market to gather your supplies for your dinner. Stroll through the market and learn from your teacher how to pick the ripest and freshest ingredients to create a flavorful dish. Return to the cooking school with your purchases and start cooking. Learn about the vegetables, spices, and herbs you bought and add them to your dishes. Cook a Thai curry, a papaya salad, the famous Pad Thai, and a delicious mango sticky rice dessert. Finally, enjoy the fruits of your labor. Gather around a table and taste the fragrant dishes you just cooked, enjoying a tasty meal with your fellow cooking students.

Bangkok: E-Scooter Night Tour with Local Street Food

9. Bangkok: E-Scooter Night Tour with Local Street Food

The tour starts the convenient meeting point where you'll be given a short training session on how to ride the electric scooter. After the instructions, you’ll have a test run to get comfortable on the e-scooter then start the tour. First, you’ll get a brief history of Bangkok as you ride to the first stop. Now that you’re confident on the scooter you’ll tour through a few lesser-known areas to see Bangkok like a local, including a beautiful temple. Next up stop at Wat Arun and take photos of it shimmering in the night light, then cross the Chao Phraya River on a local ferry.   Once on the other side of the river, ride to Wat Pho, the largest temple in Bangkok famous for its huge reclining Buddha statue. Next, see the royal Grand Palace at night. Although it is closed at this time, it's still a magnificent sight to behold.   The next stop will be for a street food dinner where you'll get to eat like a local at a popular stall before moving on to the 24-hour flower market, Pak Khlong Talat. Delight in the colorful, fragrant, and exotic fresh flowers in the market, and see everything from common roses to bright orchids, lilies, and more.   Finally, visit Wat Prayoon with its huge white stupa lit up at night. After a ride along the riverside and winding back streets, you’ll arrive once again at the starting point of the tour.

From Bangkok: Customize Your Own Pattaya City Tour

10. From Bangkok: Customize Your Own Pattaya City Tour

This fully customizable full-day trip from Bangkok to Pattaya allows you to craft your itinerary however way you want to. Enjoy a private vehicle and personal driver and add a local guide to your trip to enrich your time in the city. Visit three to four city attractions in one day. After pickup by an air-conditioned, private car, head to Pattaya to start your personalized itinerary. If you chose to also be accompanied by a local guide, they’ll join you and share historical details, cultural insight, and other stories about the attractions you choose to visit. Roughly a two to three-hour drive from Bangkok, Pattaya is Thailand’s city-by-the-beach, offering an alluring combination of seaside fun and urban entertainment. Whether you’re visiting the famous Big Buddha Temple, seeing the magnificent views from the Pattaya Viewpoint, taking in the sights at the Pattaya Floating Market, or simply chilling at the beach, you can always be guaranteed a fun time in Pattaya. At checkout, simply indicate the three to four attractions you want to see, with a few additional sights so that your driver or guide has several options to craft the best schedule for you based on geography and diversity. Not sure what to put in your itinerary? Some highly recommend sights include the Big Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Yai), Buddha Mountain (Khao Chi Chan), Pattaya Viewpoint (Khao Pattaya View Point) on Pratumnak Hill, and the Sanctuary of Truth.

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4.7 / 5

based on 3,186 reviews

Jazzy was friendly, knowledgeable and truly looked after us for 4 hours. We discovered places that we wouldn’t have known about and tried food that we may not have found without such a guide. No tasters or samples either, but full plates of food at every stop. Towards the end of the tour we visited a number of art exhibitions and galleries as we digested everything.

Good tour of hidden areas of Bangkok (mostly china town area). The bicycles are safe to use and use in Bangkok. Tour guides take care of traffic while bicycles are crossing roads. Pam was our tour leader, and she is knowledgeable. We had plenty of food breaks, where we tried different local variety of food. Hence, it became a mini food tour as well :-)

Our guide Pong is very nice. We really enjoyed the tour. It was the first time for my sister and I to ride an e-scooter and he was very patient. It was also a really different experience to see Bangkok at night and visit the night markets. Thank you! This tour is definitely recommended!

Jobe was a fantastic guide. The best way to see the real old and new bangkok. Jobe took time to take photos which he sent over 50 over that evening to us. we met the friendly locals. A fantastic experience

Jesse made sure we had a wide variety of street food.