Old Bangkok Temples and Markets by Tuk Tuk

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Old Bangkok Temples and Markets by Tuk Tuk
from USD $63.75
Try to imagine Bangkok without the tuk tuks. It's just not the same, is it? Join this Bangkok tour that uses everyone's favourite compact 'car' to explore some of the old city's unique markets, magnificent temples, and hidden gems.
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In Brief

Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand
4 hours
Daily except Monday
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Amulet Market, Maha Rat Road Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200 Thailand

There is probably nothing quite as iconic in Asia as the beloved tuk tuk. Picture the streets of any city or town in this part of the world and they would be empty without at least a dozen of these awesome little buggies. A ride on a tuk tuk is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Bangkok, and completely necessary to make you feel like a local. Avoid the tuk tuk tour scams that permeate the city and join our authentic local experience instead. To really get to know Bangkok culture and daily life in Thailand, you need to get yourself this ultimate tuk tuk experience, the Bangkok day tour with a twist!

You’ll dig right into this Bangkok tuk tuk tour by riding one from the very start. Your local guide will ride along with you and you’ll whizz through the busy streets of Bangkok, stopping at the marvellous Phra Sumeru Fortress, where you’ll learn a bit about the history behind this area.

Next stop on the tuk tuk ride is the Amulet Market, where locals sell all kinds of traditional Thai amulets, charms, and medicines. Your local guide will explain the significance of all these mysterious items and what part they play in Thai culture. Knick-knacks and spooky bits and bobs have all kinds of different meanings in Thailand, from good luck to warding off evil. Instead of having that quizzical look on your face about what they mean, your guide will give you the local lowdown.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Phra Sumen Fort, Phra Athit Road, Bangkok Thailand

You will be stopping at the marvellous Phra Sumeru Fortress, where you’ll learn a bit about the history behind this area.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ban Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100, Thailand

We'll walk through the small community of Ban Baat who have been making alms bowls for monks by hand since the late 1700s. In Thai Buddhism monks traditionally walk through the local community at dawn to collect alms (donations of food) so an alms bowl is an essential accessory. These days most monk's bowls are factory made, but there are a handful of families here who are preserving the traditional methods.

We'll stop to meet one family who will give you the chance to try your hand at whichever stage of bowl-making they happen to be at on the day, it could be hammering in the pattern or polishing the finished surface.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market), Jakkrapet Road, Bangkok 10200 Thailand

Moving on with this market tour in Bangkok, you’ll head to Pak Khlong Talat, or the flower market. This is the biggest flower market in Thailand and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Many different types of flowers are shipped here, and the market acts as a distribution centre, transferring flowers to other cities throughout the country

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Wat Phra Chetuphon, 2 Sanamchai Road Grand Palace Subdistrict, Pranakorn District, Bangkok 10200 Thailand

Onwards on your tuk tuk you’ll go, towards Wat Pho, the temple that houses the biggest and most beautiful reclining Buddha image in the country and is also the birthplace of Thai massage and medicines. Your local guide will take you on a tour of the area, and fill you in on the local stories about one of the most fascinating parts of Bangkok. This temple is one of those places that should not be missed when you travel to Bangkok!

From here you can either continue to explore some more, or your local guide will be happy to point you in the direction of your accommodation. No doubt they’ll recommend you take a tuk tuk back, just to top off this tuk tuk experience perfectly!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Golden Mount (Wat Saket), 344 Chakkraphat Diphong Road Bang Bat, Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Bangkok 10100 Thailand

Time for another tuk tuk ride and this time your destination will be Wat Saket, a temple that lies at the foot of the Golden Mount. Your local guide will take you up the 318 steps (sorry, your tuk tuk can’t help you with that one!) to the 360-degree view of the surrounding old Rattanakosin Island, a view which makes the climb totally worth it.

Duration: 1 hour


  • Travel by Tuk Tuk (motorized Rickshaw)
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees as indicated


  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Food and drinks

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Departure Point

MRT Sanam Chai Exit 1, 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

Returns To

Wat Pho, Bang Ramat, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170, Thailand

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Maximum group size is 12
  • This tour visits religious sites. To respect this and for your own comfort, please wear clothing that covers your shoulders, waist and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot and humid Bangkok climate.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Local Impact: How you will help the local community by joining this tour: This tour visits a local market vendor who shows you how to fold lotus flower petals like Thai people often do when using them in worship. You’ll have a chance to try preparing the flowers for yourself and learn how local people use them at temples.
  • You'll also visit the small community of Ban Baat who have been making alms bowls for monks by hand since the late 1700s. These days most monk’s bowls are factory made, but there are a handful of families preserving the traditional methods. You'll stop to meet one of these families who will give you the chance to try your hand at whichever stage of bowl-making they happen to be at during your visit.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This was a great tour, our Tuk Tuk driver was lovely and our guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. We totally enjoyed the day.
• Submitted 14 Mar 2018
First class tour for the money,guide very professional,lots to see and explore with plenty of time to look at sites,not being rushed.Would highly recommend.
• Submitted 17 Jan 2018
All was organised very efficiently by Viator and the local agent. Communication was great and it was very clear where I had to be and when. Pe-pae was a star. Very friendly, informative and organised. Very professional at all times. This tour was packed with great sights and experiences. I did more on this half-day tour than on a lot of 1 day tours. Definitely worth it. Please ensure that you dress appropriately well covered for the reclining buddha, as a sign of respect and also to ensure you can get in. This tour is a must!
• Submitted 21 Dec 2017
Pat was brilliant. Such a lovely person and a great guide. Really enjoyed.
• Submitted 10 Nov 2017
Had a great time.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The novelty of the tuk tuk was great and we did things we definitely would not have done on our own! Being with our tour guide Pam meant we got a lot more information about everything and she answered any questions we had! Would definitely recommend this tour!!
• Submitted 10 Aug 2017
Excellent way to see this busy city. The guide was excellent and gave us options on what to see and was able to alter the tour to suit us
• Submitted 22 Jul 2017
We had issues with traffic getting to the pick up point but we were met by Pe-Pae who waited for us. She was very informative, went at the right pace and clearly is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Bangkok. We learnt so much and saw some wonderful sights
• Submitted 04 Apr 2017
Great way to tour around bangkok. We had a great tour guide who was amazing and looked afer us well. :)
• Submitted 24 Mar 2017
Great tour!!!
• Submitted 09 Mar 2017
This was a great tour. Our guide was excellent. She was very informative. The ride was exciting in our little Tuk Tuk.
• Submitted 22 Feb 2017
Had a great time! The guide was informative, engaging, and nice. I would do it again.
• Submitted 11 Feb 2017
Excellent tour
• Submitted 10 Feb 2017
Excellent tour
• Submitted 10 Feb 2017
Pat was very knowledgeable and was a great host. Thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would recommend it
• Submitted 22 Jan 2017
Awesome Tour!! Great way to visit the city and learn about Bangkok!! Highly recommended and Bo our tour guide was fantastic!!
• Submitted 10 Jan 2017
My family went on the Bangkok Tuk Tuk group adventure tour with guide Bo. Bo was personable, knowledgeable and passionate about his job. We meet a lovely couple on their honeymoon from Florida. We saw more of Bangkok on our tour than we imagined, and learned so much about the beautiful city. I would highly recommend to anyone!
• Submitted 26 Dec 2016
We would highly recommend this tour. Pat was a wonderful tour guide. This was our second trip to Thailand and Bangkok but we learned so much more on this 1/2 day adventure. We have already recommended the tour to others and hope that you will enjoy it too.
• Submitted 12 Dec 2016
It was the best
• Submitted 02 Oct 2016
We really enjoyed this adventure. Riding on the tuk tuk was great fun. Our guide was a very pleasant and patient lady with a great deal of knowledge about the places we visited. Would thoroughly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 11 Jul 2016
Worth every penny! Our tour guide, Pam, was delightful and very knowledgeable.
• Submitted 23 Jun 2016
We had a great tour, it was a perfect way to get a feel for the city on our first day and know where we wanted to go back to for more. The tuk tuk was very fun to ride in and our tour guide was very knowledgable and spoke great English. We would definitely recommend it to friends.
• Submitted 21 Jun 2016
Great tour! We were late due to our plane, but found that we were still able to go and experience Bangkok as the tour guide was nice enough to wait for us. Thanks Pam, a great tour guide!
• Submitted 14 Apr 2016
It was amazing and we saw so much!
• Submitted 08 Mar 2016