Bangkok is a relatively young capital, established in 1782 after the Burmese sacked Ayutthaya, the former capital. A temporary base was set up on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River, in what is now Thonburi, before work started on the more defensible east bank, where the French had built a grand, but short-lived, fort in the 1660s. The first king of the new dynasty, Rama I, built his palace at Ratanakosin, within a defensive ring of two (later expanded to three) canals, and this remains the city’s spiritual heart.
Initially, the city was largely amphibious: only the temples and royal palaces were built on dry land, while ordinary residences floated on thick bamboo rafts on the river and canals; even shops and warehouses were moored to the river bank. A major shift in emphasis came in the second half of the nineteenth century, first under Rama IV (1851–68), who as part of his effort to restyle the capital along European lines built Bangkok’s first roads, and then under Rama V (1868–1910), who constructed a new residential palace in Dusit, north of Ratanakosin, and laid out that area’s grand boulevards.
What you expect
Ride a tuk-tuk past Bangkok’s iconic sites as you tour the city at night. This 4-hour tour loops along the Chao Phraya River, stopping at several temples and markets. See temples such as Wat Pho illuminated at night, enjoy dinner and a dessert at a mystery stop! This tour is limited to 12 people, ensuring an informative experience with a small group.
After meeting your guide and small group at a central location in Bangkok, hop aboard your tuk-tuk, a fun and commonly used open-air vehicle that easily accommodates two passengers. Your city tour takes place after the temperature drops, bypassing heavily trafficked routes as you drive to locations most frequented during the daytime. Your guide provides an overview of Thailand’s capital as you take in the beauty of Bangkok by night and explore markets, temples and its food. Stop at famous temples such as Wat Pho to admire its golden pagodas lit up at night, and visit a famous 24-hour flower market, where vivid colors are in full bloom under the fluorescent lights.At nightfall, Bangkok comes alive with food vendors, and you’ll stop to sample some of the best food in the city before finishing with a delicious dessert in a mystery stop. Your tuk-tuk tour ends near the Flower Market, and there’s still time to check out the tireless city’s nightlife on your own.
- Transportation by tuk-tuk
- Professional guide
- Dinner including dessert and non-alcoholic beverages
What’s not included
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Gratuities (optional)
- All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
- Free snacks included
- Great overview and orientation of the city
- Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
- Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Instant Confirmation
- Small-group tour
- Small group ensures personal service
- Dinner included
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