Get picked up in the morning from your Bangkok hotel and transfer to the tour starting point at a location just south of the city center. You’ll spend the next several hours discovering some of the hidden corners of the Thai capital typically not visited by tourists, traveling by a combination of walking and rickshaw rides.
Make your first stop of the day at a local neighborhood temple. This Buddhist site offers a glimpse of the typical spiritual practices of many Thai residents. It’s also a great reflection of the Chinese influences on Thai culture. Leave the temple and enjoy a walk through the surrounding neighborhood, one of the poorest in the city. You might be surprised to discover just how friendly and welcoming the residents of this area behave toward outsiders. You’ll also notice that the district lies alongside some of Bangkok’s many ‘khlongs’ (canal waterways), which are key hubs for transportation and a typical part of daily life.
After crossing over the Chao Phraya River, you’ll head into what appears to be virtual jungle of fruit trees bearing tasty-looking coconut, mango, and papaya. It’s a strange sight to find in what is known one of the world’s biggest cities. Just nearby you’ll visit a beautifully manicured park, offering a chance to take a break and feed the fish in the pond.
Continue your Bangkok excursion aboard a ‘samlor’ (Thai rickshaw), stopping by a historic temple before dropping you off at a riverside restaurant for lunch. Enjoy a tasty Thai-style meal with a view before transferring by public river taxi back to Bangkok’s more modern surroundings and to your original starting point. You’ll be dropped off at your hotel from there.
Note: On Saturdays and Sundays the trip also makes a bonus stop at an authentic Thai market along one of the many canals.