Your 9-5 probably engages you and pays the bills, but does it let you embrace your inner child and creative genius? See Bangkok through the livelihoods of local communities – candy fruit makers, fresh produce sellers, bronze-smiths, chefs, puppeteers and artists. Perhaps, you can even pick your choice of escape for the inescapable mid-life crisis? We’re just kidding. Indulge in this eye-opening ‘food and art walk’ through a historic but off the beaten path of Bangkok.
What You Will Do
• Start with a morning public river-boat ride up the Chao Phraya River to the Wat Arun pier.
• Head to a side street where a charming family have been producing a Thai specialty, candied bael fruit (or mathum) for over 70 years.
• Stroll through a local wet market and learn all about Thai ingredients. Sample all sorts of fantastic food prepared by the locals -- just don't be surprised if they ask you to come inside their house to stir the wok yourself!
• Head to a village of bronze-smiths where traditional Thai style bronze bowls have been crafted by hand since the 1700s.
• Cruise to one of Bangkok’s best local markets — Wang Lang — and enjoy a variety of Thai foods at a riverside table.
• Next, cruise to one of Bangkok’s best kept secrets: a canal-side artist village set in a relaxed Thonburi neighborhood. Peruse intimate art galleries and enjoy a performance by a local puppet troupe.*
• Try tasty Thai sweets and noodles at village’s artist-run shops.
• End the day at a historic but hidden temple beside the canal.
*Note: while we always check the puppet troupe’s schedule and call in the morning to double check, they occasionally cancel the show last minute and we have no control over this. However, the artist village is well worth exploring regardless.
1. At least 10 samples (usually more) of Thai foods and drinks of various portion sizes -- all you can eat!
2. A traditional Thai puppet show (please see the note on this under the main description above).
3. Ticket to enter Wat Arun.
4. Transport is included from and back to the meeting point (while this is mainly a walking tour, we do use tuk tuks or taxis for a couple of the longer stretches).
5. Water is provided throughout the day.
1. Transport from your hotel to the meeting point (we can meet you at your hotel for an extra 250 baht charge per way).
2. We cover any beverages you'd like except for alcohol.
If it's more convenient for you, we can also meet you at either Tha Tien or Phra Arthit express boat piers, which are closer to Khao San Road area. We also can meet you at your hotel and/or drop you off there for an extra charge of 250 baht per way. Please let us know what works best for you when booking.