Did you know that tuk tuks originally came from Japan? I didn’t! I found out this fun fact during Expique’s tuk tuk tour. Expique’s mission is to help you “Experience Unique Bangkok” and offers walking tours and sightseeing tours with a difference. On this Bangkok night tour we will travel by tuk tuk to explore Bangkok’s markets, temples and food, under the night lights. Seeing the sites at night brings out the true excitement, beauty and mystery of the city.
At exactly 19.00hr we met our guide at BTS station Krung Thonburi where we were welcomed warmly by Ms. Jib, our guide of the night. After waiting for the rest of the group (three more people joined us) and a short meeting, we were off to meet our tuk tuk drivers. The unique thing about Expique’s tour is that the tuk tuks aren’t like any other ones. The Expique tuk tuks have transparent roofs so you can see more during the tour, even when it’s raining.
We started the tour at Klong San market, the site of a former Bangkok railway station, a local market popular with the youth and popular for its cheap fashion and delicious snacks to enjoy. We were treated to fried squid eggs, which the foreigners in our tour didn’t like but me and my (Thai) colleagues were enjoying every single piece of it. We also got to try Northeastern style sausage. Still with my mouth stuffed we went to the next vendor for some samosas. Glad I didn’t eat anything before the tour!
To let the food digest we walked around the market where our guide Jib explained a bit about the history of the market. Our guide bought some more snacks to eat at our next stop: Wat Prayoon.
We made a quick stop at the Memorial Bridge where guide Jib playfully made a quiz out of her story to make sure we pay attention. With every answer correct we get to eat more snacks haha. Back to Wat Prayoon. This temple is known for the many turtles inside the complex. We didn’t had a chance to walk around as it was raining still, but the image of the beautiful white stupa at night is stunning itself already.
After having taken many pictures we head to the Giant Swing. With the Giant Swing in the background we were allowed to sit in the driver’s seat of the tuk tuks and take some fun shots.
One of the highlights of the tour is a visit to the famous pad thai restaurant, Thipsamai restaurant. This restaurant is so popular that there’s a long queue in front of the restaurant and every table is always occupied. I have always wanted to try this place as I heard many great stories and it’s definitely worth it! Luckily we didn’t have to wait in line. A table was ready for us, this is the advantage of knowing the owner, and we could just start eating!
Via Democracy Monument we arrived at Wat Pho complex. Such a beauty at night! This is the real Thai experience. When you go during the day you, as a foreigner, have to pay a fee to get in, but at night time it’s free and open 24/7! Unfortunately you can’t see the reclining buddha, but you can walk around the temple complex with its 91 gorgeous stupas. I would come back here during the night to stroll around and take night shots! Our guide Jib told a very interesting story about the stupas. This tour is not only full of snacks, but also educational!
Next stop is the famous Pak Klong Talat, the biggest wholesale flower market of Bangkok and always bubbly and busy. The market is bustling with not only flowers, but also vegetables and chillies for a cheap price. During the night time it’s busy with wholesale buyers and during the day you can find more tourists here and is the market more quiet.
Our last stop is Chinatown where we end the tour with dessert: mango sticky rice!
Even though it’s a long night touring, I’m surprisingly not as tired as I thought I would be thanks to the many tuk tuk rides. The tour ends in Chinatown, but it’s possible to use the tuk tuk to any place in the city for a flat rate of 150THB. This way you support the tuk tuk drivers who took their time to show you around and wait for you at every stop.
My stomach was full with delicious snacks and my mind full with new sights I have to visit again!
With a maximum of 10 people per tour, you surely won’t miss a thing. Their professional guides make the trip memorable and you surely want to recommend this tour to all your friends and family back home!
Have you tried the tuk tuk tour?
DISCLAIMER: Neng Neng got a complimentary trip via Green Wood Travel. I’m not getting paid to write a post. I just want to pass along the amazing tour and share my view with my readers.