Bangkok is a popular destination for shoppers and travellers from across the world. The bustling capital city offers something for everyone from backpackers to leisure travellers. And soaking in the plethora of experiences and sights that the capital city has to offer is arguably done best through the various Bangkok Tuk Tuk tours. Bangkok runs on a well-knit network of the BTS sky trains, MRT Subway, buses, taxis, and tuk-tuks. But, the most exciting out of these for most are the windy Tuk Tuks, which takes you around the fast-paced city at a leisurely speed whilst meandering through the traffic.
A ride through the small lanes and by-lanes is only possible on this unique buggy in the exploration of the hidden gems around the city. The ride itself is fun and keeps you moving even when the main roads are jammed with traffic. It lets you closely connect with the city as you go from place to place and feel like a local.
What Is Included in Bangkok Tuk Tuk Tours?
There are several preset combos of local attractions in the ready to book Bangkok Tuk Tuk Tours, or you can customize them too to cover specific places. You can hire a Tuk Tuk on your own or book a tour with a reputed operator, and you will be accompanied by an English-speaking local as a guide and a trained driver who takes you to the best places in Bangkok. A standard Tuk Tuk tour starts from your hotel or a pre-decided pick-up point. You will be taken to the historical monuments and temples around the city to gain insights into the Thai culture and traditions. Board on your Tuk Tuk to reach the local markets where you can shop for local stuff and see how daily life happens around the city. You can enjoy local refreshments as your guide spills the secrets of local dishes and flavours. Next hop onto your Tuk Tuk and head to the lookouts in the city to enjoy uninterrupted panoramic views of the cityscape. Depending upon your package you may be escorted to the night markets for shopping and relishing the famous street food of Bangkok, or you may head straight to your hotel.
Here are Some Popular Bangkok Tuk Tuk Tours
1. Tuk Tuk Tour to Temples and Markets of Bangkok
The Tuk-Tuk picks you up from the start off point and takes you to the historical Phra Sumeru Fortress by the Chao Phraya River and the nearby Amulet Market, where you can buy traditional Thai amulets, charms, and medicines for good luck and warding off evil. This is a great stop to learn about local beliefs and traditions. Hop onto your Tuk Tuk and head to Wat Pho, ‘The Temple of Reclining Buddha’ and the Grand Palace. You can next visit the nearby Pak Khlong Talat or the flower market which sells the rarest of flowers.
Your next stop would be Wat Saket, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the old Rattanakosin Island atop the Golden Mount. After the exhaustive climb of 318 steps and rewarding views of the landscape, you head to the nearby Ban Baat Village where local craftsmen make alms bowls for Buddhist Monks. You can learn about the process of making these bowls by hand and even try your hand on it. Get back on your Tuk Tuk and head to the famous Chinatown Market for shopping and then move on to the neighbouring famous street food market to enjoy some Thai street food.
2. City Night Lights and Market Tour by Tuk Tuk
Taking Bangkok Tuk Tuk Tours is also an exciting way to go around the city at night and gain insights into the daily life of the Thai capital. The beauty of famous monuments and attractions can be captured easily on a slow-moving Tuk Tuk. Your night tour will start from your pick up point, and you will head to Wat Arun, The Grand Palace, and Wat Pho to marvel at their beauty at night. Next, you can head to the flower market which operates 24/7 and witness the vibrant hues of the rarest of flowers. Hop onto your Tuk Tuk to head to the night markets for shopping and midnight street food markets for local food tasting. You can enjoy the Thai way of life zipping on a Tuk Tuk from The Khaosan Road market to Chatuchak Friday Night Market and shop for unique inexpensive stuff. Visit the Talad Rodfai Ratchada for yummy seafood and then hop on your Tuk Tuk to head to Talad Huay Kwang Night Food Market for local street food.
3. Rooftop Hopping Tour on Private Tuk Tuk
Bangkok’s nightlife is vibrant, and you have so many options to enjoy that you may run short of time. You can book a Rooftop Hopping Tuk Tuk Tour that takes you to the best rooftop restaurants and bars of the city on a Tuk Tuk. These Bangkok Tuk Tuk Tours perfectly blend the modern and the traditional, giving you a flavour of both. The tour operator gives you the options of the best sky-high restaurants and bars in Bangkok, and you can choose up to four out of them. You must remember to dress up before your Tuk Tuk picks you up and takes you to witness the sunset atop your selected rooftop lounge. You can enjoy the stunning views of the city as the sun sets on the skyline while sipping on complimentary cocktails. You can order International and local dishes at your expense while your Tuk Tuk waits to take you to the next spot.
Get a different perspective of the cityscape from your next sky bar and enjoy your evening. As night sets in, you can hop onto your Tuk Tuk and marvel at the glistening lights of the city as you head to your next chosen rooftop bar. Enjoy your cocktails and food atop the sky-high bar before you head to the last venue of the day. Get onto your Tuk Tuk and zip away to a premium rooftop nightclub to party and dance the night away.
4. Night Group Food Tour by Tuk Tuk
Best of Thai food is available around Bangkok, and a local can guide you to the right places to try it all. Bangkok Tuk Tuk Tours are great for foodies to explore the best local food while enjoying the pretty views of the city. A Tuk Tuk picks you up and drives you to the local food markets where you taste authentic local dishes such as Pad Thai, Tom Yam Koong Soup, Moo Satay, and Nam Prik. Hop onto your Tuk Tuk, and as you head to the next stop, you will witness several historical points of interest along the way. Your guide then takes you to the Thai food stops recommended by locals. You can enjoy authentic Thai food with local beer and get insights into the Thai culture. Another ride on your Tuk Tuk takes you to the famous Chinatown where you can indulge in yummy street food and mouth-watering desserts such as Mango Sticky Rice, Bua Loy Nam Ging, and Soy Sauce Ice Cream.
What is a Tuk Tuk?
Tuk Tuks are three-wheeled cars with open sides, or you may instead call them motorized rickshaws. The vehicle drives slowly and makes a sputtering sound which gives it the name ‘Tuk Tuk’. These open cars are small in size and easily zip through traffic or narrow lanes, but they aren’t the safest means of transport for long journeys but still the most interesting ones. You can easily take a quick ride on the ubiquitous buggy around the city to experience the best of Bangkok. The open car lets you soak the local vibe and click pretty pictures as it goes around the city slowly.
Tips While Riding A Tuk Tuk
- Book tours organized by reputed operators.
- If you hire a ride on your own, be precise about the destinations and negotiate for the best rates.
- Recommended seating in a Tuk Tuk is of 2 people only.
- Don’t plan the ride through streets with heavy traffic or during peak hours.
- A tour doesn’t include meals so make sure you take inputs from your local guide to taste the best of local food.
- Prefer Tuk Tuk rides on short trips only and always remember to hold onto the safety straps tightly.