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Bangkok by the Experts

August 28, 2018

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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