8 Walking Tours In Bangkok to Take in 2020

The vibrant capital city of Bangkok is one of the most populous places in Thailand. The beauty of this dynamic city lies in the seamlessness with which the contemporary and traditional blend. The streets in Bangkok are abuzz with life and to truly explore the rich culture of Thailand you must take these insightful and fun walking tours in Bangkok.

Paid Walking Tours in Bangkok

1. Bangkok Essentials Tour

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This tour takes you around the cultural landmarks of Bangkok. A professional private guide picks you up from your place of stay and takes you around the city on public transport. Walking tours in Bangkok such as these make visiting all the monuments convenient for you by arranging your entry tickets.

  1. The first monument you will visit is the magnificent Grand Palace which was the official residence of the royals of Thailand.
  2. Inside the palace, you can visit the Wat Phra Kaew, a sacred temple of the much revered Emerald Buddha.
  3. Next, you can visit the Wat Pho, where the famous reclining Buddha resides, as it is close to the Grand Palace.
  4. Crossing the Chao Phraya River on a ferry, you will visit Wat Arun, which is a Buddhist temple.
  5. You can enjoy the breathtaking view from the temple and later will be dropped off at MBK Mall for lunch and shopping.
Local Operator: Bangkok Walking Tours
Pickup Point: Your hotel
Tour price: 2500 THB per person (prices may vary depending upon group size)
Timings: 8:15 AM - 2:00 PM

2. Merit Making Tour

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This is one of the most spiritual walking tours in Bangkok. You will visit the religious locations popular among locals and learn about Thai culture closely under the guidance of a professional guide who picks you up from your hotel and takes you to the famous temples and local markets.

  1. The first place you visit on this tour will be the Wat Traimit, the 13th-century temple which houses the world’s largest solid gold statue of Budhha. The statue officially known as Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon is 3m tall, weighs 5.5 tonnes, and dates back to the Sukhothai dynasty.
  2. Your next stop will be for shopping at the lively Chinatown market, which is a must-do on walking tours in Bangkok.
  3. Next, you visit the royal temple in Bangkok's Old Town, Wat Suthat. The temple has a large prayer hall with a 13th-century bronze Buddha sculpture and intricate designs on its walls.
  4. Near the temple is Talad Phra Krueng, the tiny market where locals buy amulets, talismans, and other spiritual items.
  5. Your tour will end at Wat Saket, which is also known as the Golden Mount.
Local Operator: Bangkok Walking Tours
Pickup Point: Your hotel
Tour price: 2100 THB per person (prices may vary depending upon group size)
Timings: 8:15 AM - 2:00 PM

3. Railway and Floating Markets Tour

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The most interesting walking tours in Bangkok are those of railway and floating markets. These tours lets you shop like Thai locals and taste delicious Thai food.

  1. The tour begins with a hotel pick up by a local guide and a drive to Maeklong Railway Market. This unique market has a train running right through it. The vendors evacuate the tracks and pull down their awnings when the train appears but put it all up again when the train passes by. You can enjoy the thrill of a train passing right across a marketplace and shop for Thai fruits, veggies, meats, seafood, etc.
  2. Your tour will continue to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. This lively market in Ratchaburi is Thailand's most popular floating market. You will be taken to the market through a colourful longtail boat to shop and eat delicious Thai food along the Klong river.
  3. After this in-depth exploration of the Thai culture, you will be dropped at your hotel by your driver.
Local Operators: Bangkok Walking Tours
Pickup Point: Your hotel
Tour price: 2400 THB per person (prices may vary depending upon group size)
Timings: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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4. Ayutthaya Tour

Olden Temples in Ayutthaya
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The Ayutthaya Tour is among the most royal and exotic walking tours in Bangkok. You will visit the ancient royal capital of Ayutthaya and enjoy a cruise on the Chao Phraya river. A private tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and drive you up North to Ayutthaya. The ancient city is a World Heritage Site recognized by UNESCO. It has royal monuments, Buddhist temples, monasteries, and other sacred architectures.

  1. The tour guide will take you around the four important temples in the city - Wat Mahathat, Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon, Wat Chaiwattanaram, and Wat Pra Sri Sanphet.
  2. This walking tour in Bangkok ends on a high note as you will take a relaxing cruise back to your hotel.
  3. You can enjoy live music along with a delicious lunch with Thai and International dishes while cruising on the Chao Phraya river, post which you will be dropped to your hotel.
Local Operator: Bangkok Walking Tours
Pickup Point: Your hotel
Tour price: 3900 THB per person (prices may vary depending upon group size)
Timings: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
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Self Guided Walking Tours in Bangkok

1. Bangkok Old City Walk

Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok
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You can take some self-guided walking tours in Bangkok, using a GPS enabled offline application. You can spend some time exploring the Old City (Rattanakosin), which is located north of Bangkok's Chinatown. The city is brimming with temples, historic palaces, and ancient architecture. The tour will take you to seven famous spots of Bangkok Old Town including The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Pak Khlong Talat (Flower Market), Bangkok Wat Sutat (Great Swing), Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount), and King Prajadhipok Museum.

Operator Mobile Application: GPSmyCity (self-guided tour)

2. Wats and Temples of Bangkok

Pagodas in Wat Pho, Bangkok
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For spiritual walking tours in Bangkok, you can follow this tour to the top seven shrines in the city. In this self-guided tour, you can visit the most revered temples in Bangkok and witness the Thai religious traditions. The tour takes you to Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Wat Ratchapradit, Wat Ratchabophit, Bangkok Wat Sutat (Great Swing), Wat Thepthidaram, and Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount).

Operator Mobile Application: GPSmyCity (self-guided tour)

3. Flower Market to Chinatown

Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat), Bangkok
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One of the best walking tours in Bangkok for those who love shopping and eating this self-guided tour from Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat) to Chinatown lets you explore the multicultural markets full of traditional goods and food.
  1. The Flower Market is open round the clock and offers varieties of flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices.
  2. You can chat with locals over a hot cup of tea and stroll around to absorb the smell of fresh flowers. You can shop for varieties of silk at the Old Siam Plaza.
  3. Next, you can walk around Phahurat Market, also known as Little India, because of the availability of Indian textiles and snacks in the area. You can shop for a wide variety of merchandise and binge at the eateries and snack shops here.
  4. Enjoy delicious dimsums and other Chinese delicacies at the Talat Kao Market before heading to Yaowarat Road, which is famous for gold ornaments.
Operator Mobile Application: GPSmyCity (self-guided tour)

4. Food Walk

Food Walk
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Foodies who are looking for walking tours in Bangkok must add this one on their list. Eating at big cafes and restaurants is enjoyable, but to truly explore Thai flavours, one must experience the street food and local stalls.

  1. Start your Food Walk tour with a local breakfast at Lumphini Park Food Stalls. Make sure to reach there early as the food stalls shut down by 9:00 AM. You can take a relaxing walk in the park or workout using the exercise equipment.
  2. There are certain other entertaining activities in the park, such as Chinese Tai Chi, aerobics, tennis, badminton, cycling, paddleboat, etc. You can enjoy a filling breakfast with fresh juice post your park visit. This is the best place to indulge in tasty rice sweets or iced Thai coffee at the lowest possible rates.
  3. You can now head on to the Convent Road to relish local Thai dishes at cheap rates. The Road has a variety of food stalls and restaurants, and you can try food from the world along with delicious fusion food here. You can relish authentic Thai food at Hai Soltam, French classics at Indigo and cocktails at Eat Me Restaurant.
  4. You can also walk over to Sala Daeng Soi 2 for a local lunch. This street offers a large number of options for rice, noodles, curries, fish dishes, and the traditional Yen Ta Fo broth.
  5. You can shop at Silom Road and try some traditional street food across the Wat Khaek (Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu Temple). Enjoy Western and Asian dishes for dinner at Talingpling or hang around for late-night meals at Al Saray Silom, which serves Lebanese and Indian cuisine along with vegetarian-friendly options.
  6. You can also try South Indian and Persian food at the Thanon Pan, which is right across the temple. You can also take a walk down Charoen Krung Road to enjoy yummy local food along with reasonably priced English and Asian dishes. This place is a hit among locals and tourists alike for everything from breakfast to late-night supper.
Operator Mobile Application: GPSmyCity (self-guided tour)

Use our comprehensive guide of walking tours in Bangkok to explore its hidden gems while you travel, pray, eat and have fun as locals do.


This post was published by Akancha Tripathi

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