Bangkok by the Experts

Whether you’re a first-timer or a repeat-visit veteran, there’s always more juice to be squeezed out of the Big Mango. For a deeper understanding of Bangkok, book a private, custom or small-group jaunt with one of these expert tour guide companies.

No yellow flag-flapping here! Context Travel’s intimate, intellect-driven tours are led by journalists, food writers, historians, political scientists, and other native docents. A strict limit on numbers means participants are afforded a cosy conversation with their guide and a profound insight into Bangkok’s culture and heritage. Newbies, looking to find their bearings, should join the 3-hour introductory amble, tracing past the towering Wat Saket (the Golden Mountain) and key haunts along the Chao Phraya River, while those in the know can join a foodie foray across hidden markets, shophouses and street stalls. For an ultra-exclusive experience, go private and tailor to your interests.

Walk this way for an offbeat outing with Chili Paste. The lovely Khun Chin delves maze-like side streets for local delicacies, art and crafts in historic nabes like Chinatown and teak-tastic Thonburi. Or, leave the shiny skyscrapers for dust with an enchanting one-day escape to the Thai countryside for a cooking class in a viewtiful canalside kitchen.

Fore more out-of-town rambles, Bangkok Walking Adventures runs affordable, scheduled group meet-ups and day jaunts to neighbouring provinces such as Nakhon Pathom, with sites including the Samphran Temple (featuring a 17-storey dragon), the newly nip-tucked Sanam Chan Palace, and nibbles at the old-school Talad Tha Na market.

The Peninsula Bangkok is also offering two exclusive small-group tours as part of its 20th Amazing Experiences. The palate-tingling Street Food Night Safari is a whistle-stop tour of Chinatown’s foodie hotspots, while the Evening Potions bar-hop will have you teetering from Old Town hipster hangs to sleek riverside cocktail dens overlooking the illuminated Wat Arun. Chok dee!

Originally written by LUXE for PenCities.

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Chawadee Nualkhair

Scribe and avid foodie Chawadee has lived in Thailand on and off since 1995, and now calls Bangkok home. She enjoys all types of fried noodles, but is not a big fan of jok.

  • Chawadee LOVES... Pies, anything with sticky rice, whiskey and Game of Thrones

  • Chawadee LOATHES... Soggy soft-shell crabs, lukewarm congee, ice wine and Dallas Cowboys

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