7 Best Bangkok Night Tours To Explore The City As A Local

The lively capital city of Bangkok is bustling with activity throughout the day and is also overloaded with fun activities at night. There are amazing experiences you can enjoy after dark to explore the culture, traditions, and food of Thailand. Post dawn you can party till wee hours of the morning, shop at local markets, eat yummy street food and explore hidden monuments around the city.

Here Is Our List of 7 Bangkok Night Tours to Discover the Charisma of the City after Sunset -

1. Tour of Temples & Monuments

Wat Arun at Night, Bangkok
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The colourful temples of Bangkok look mesmerizing as they shimmer in the night lights. You can soak in their beauty from various places across the city by booking a guided tour or hopping on public transport. You can take the BTS sky train to the Krung Thonburi station and take a Tuk Tuk ride to Wat Arun, also known as 'The Temple of Dawn'. The temple closes at 4:00 PM, but the exteriors look stunning as they light up at night. Next, you can head to Prime Hotel, for some well-blended cocktails and an uninterrupted view of the shimmering Wat Traimit housing 'The Golden Buddha'. You can then move over to the heart of the city to see the ravishing Wat Pho 'The Temple of Reclining Buddha', which remains open till 6:30 PM. The temple grounds remain open much later into the night, and you can roam around to experience the calmness of the place.

2. Local Markets & Food Tour

A Night Market in Bangkok
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Local Markets of Bangkok offer a diverse range of goods and products at reasonable rates. After dark shopping is one of the most popular Bangkok Night Tours as the temperatures are lower. You can explore the Asiatique for buying souvenirs, handicrafts, jewellery, and clothing. The Chang Chui Bangkok Plane Night Market offers modern art pieces made of recycled material. For a more local experience, you can head to the Chatuchak Friday Night Market where you can buy almost anything from handicrafts to books and antiques. The Khaosan Road market is perfect for backpackers. You can buy local stuff and binge on cheap food and drinks on this bustling street. You can also head to the most popular night shopping destinations of Bangkok, the Patpong Night Market for great products available on a bargain.

3. Night Thai Food Tour

Street Food Restaurants in Bangkok
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Food helps you connect with the culture of a region. Bangkok Night Tours of the food markets allow you to discover local favourites. A local guide helps you visit the best places, and eat local dishes where they are served best. Start your trip from Bangkok’s most popular night food market, the Talad Rodfai Ratchada that remains open every day from 6:00 PM to late night. You can try delicious finger foods, seafood, jumbo-size noodles, fried insects, and traditional Thai desserts here. You can also head to the open-air market on Chao Phraya River, Asiatique on the Riverfront that remains open from 5:00 PM to midnight every day.

Highly recommended dishes are their delightful Thai delicacies like Salmon Salad with Spicy Seafood Dip, Truffle Butter Beef Burger, Beef & Guinness Pie, Shrimp Tempura with Fruits Cream Salad & Tobiko Topping. Street food lovers can eat inexpensive local food at Talad Huay Kwang Night Food Market. The market serves yummy Northeast Thai dishes, Southern Thai Curries and Seafood from 6:00 PM to late night. On Phetchaburi road, you come across the Talad Neon, which is ideal for hipsters. Starting at 4:00 PM this market is open till midnight every day, churning out delectable Thai dishes, grilled seafood, and cocktails.

4. Night Biking Tour

Chao Phraya River at Night
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Cycle through the side streets and go on one of the most explorative Bangkok Night Tours for those on a budget. You can rent a bike and discover famous landmarks of the city at night. This cycling tour allows you to explore the city like a local with all essential safety measures in place. You will be accompanied by an experienced English-speaking guide and a small group of other bikers. Starting at the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang, you will cycle through the winding lanes to reach the Chao Phraya River. Cross the river on a ferry to reach the spectacularly illuminated Wat Arun and Wat Pho. Cycle back over the bridge to reach the city’s famous flower market and a daily market. You can shop for local favourites and try mouth-watering street food here before you head back.

5. Cruise with Dinner & Live Music

Bangkok Night River Cruise
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The dinner cruise takes you on a tour of Bangkok on a traditional Thai vessel. This is one of the luxurious Bangkok Night tours which takes you around the heart of the city on The Chao Phraya river. You can witness the glittering Wat Arun and the Royal Grand Palace while enjoying the regular river life with traditional fishing boats and yachts sailing by. You can make your booking in advance as the occupancy is limited to 50 people on a ship. You can sip on premium wines and cocktails and feast on a delicious four-course Thai meal as you leisurely sail past the shimmering buildings of Bangkok. Live music by local bands adds oomph to the romantic setting leaving you mesmerized at the after-dusk beauty of the city.

6. Tuk Tuk Tour

Bangkok Tuk Tuk Tour at Night
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Bangkok has several means of public transportation, but a Tuk Tuk is the best local transport to discover the hidden gems around the city. Whizzing through the lanes and markets of the city on a Tuk Tuk makes for a fun Bangkok Night Tour. You can get insights into the local life and Thai culture as you visit the offbeat attractions around the city. You can visit popular tourist attractions at night when they are beautifully illuminated. Witness the famous Wat Pho as it glitters against the night sky and marvel at the beauty of Wat Arun at night. The famous flower market also comes to life at night and is a great place to explore as you will find the rarest of flowers here at all times. Chinatown and the neighbouring famous night street food market can also be visited on this tour for shopping and binging on street food.

7. Chinatown Market Tour

Bangkok Chinatown
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China Town is the cultural enclave of Bangkok full of narrow streets and small alleys. From Yaowarat Road to Charoen Krung Road you can explore this place for shopping and eating the best of local food. The area is lively and crowded at night too as it is the hub of wholesale and retail shops selling almost everything. You can also feast on dim sums, oyster omelettes, noodles, and varieties of fresh seafood on Yaowarat Road. You can also try Chinese delicacies at Talat Kao. 


Bangkok Night Tours give you an opportunity to behold the Thai culture up close and know how the locals go about their daily life. Some of them are inexpensive, but each of them makes your trip to the bustling capital city of Thailand a memorable one.

This post was published by Akancha Tripathi

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