5 Alternative Bangkok tours to try- from the tasty to the sleazy

5 Alternative Bangkok tours to try- from the tasty to the sleazy
November 27 07:43 2016

Hop on an alternative Bangkok tour with our top 5 picks: whether it’s the creepy, the historical, or the sleazy side of Bangkok that you want to explore, these tours will satisfy your curiosity. There is one for all pocket sizes, even if you are doing Bangkok on a budget.

1. Hangover Tour

As featured on CNN, the Hangover Tour is the safe way to experience Bangkok’s eclectic nightlife scene, and is inspired by the Hollywood movie, Hangover Part II. Fittingly, the tour route begins at the Tilac Bar where scenes from the movie were filmed. Guests also receive a temporary Mark Tyson face tattoo, based on the movie where one of the lead characters awakes in a hotel room with a Maori-style Mark Tyson tattoo after cavorting with a ladyboy.

The itinerary takes you from a show bar in the Soi Cowboy area, offering a live show that covers everything from semi-nude interaction with performers to full nudity; to Nana Plaza with the best live shows and ladyboy bars; to the Pat Pong area with highlights like live Thai Boxing and a snake show at The Strip Bar.

For bachelor parties, hen nights, thrill-seekers and party-lovers who want to safely experience Bangkok’s raunchier side, the Hangover Tour has you covered. It even provides a guide, as well as the convenience of transporting you directly to and from your hotel. Plus, the tour organisers also accommodate to special requests like VIP treatment or special arrangements for group parties.

Duration: 7.30pm to 12am
Price: From 2000 THB
Company: Bangkok Hangover Tours

2. Canal Tour

Honouring the heritage of Bangkok’s small canals, called khlongs, the Canal Tour introduces guests to Bangkok’s historical side, away from the modernity of the city. You’ll be travelling on small teak boats, experiencing how the locals used to travel in old Siam, where floating along the waterways was the most practical means of transportation. 

While many khlongs have since been filled in and converted into roads, this alternative Bangkok tour lets you uncover the other, less explored banks of the Chao Phraya River, where the old capital of Thonburi is located. Touring the khlongs of Thonburi is the intimate experience that offers a slice of how the locals lived in old Siam, where wooden stilt houses and colonial mansions were much more common.

The tour travels through lush riverside greenery, and passes by local farms and orchards, as well as iconic historical attractions. Admire landmarks like the majestic Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and the Royal Barges Museum with the country’s most stunning vessels, intricately engraved with mystical creatures and painted in gold.

Duration: 8.30am to 3pm
Price: 2295 THB on weekdays, 2395 THB on weekends
Company: Pandan Tour

Not going to Bangkok anytime soon? We’ve got great walking tours right here in Singapore!

3. Bike Historic Bangkok Tour

The Bike Historic Bangkok Tour offers another way to discover the city’s heritage. The 15km bike ride takes half a day, winding through hidden back roads and meandering alleyways. Promising not to take you on any of the oft-travelled paths, this tour takes you on a trip to uncover “the real Bangkok, where normal people live in the jumble of lane ways that few people think to explore”.

Uncover ancient temples and urban street life as you journey across the Chao Phraya River, which separates into canals like the Bangkok Noi. Follow this canal to discover Bangkok’s Muslim community within tiny alleys, and head back the opposite way to admire the Buddhist temples along the street.

A ferry will take you back across the Chao Phraya river, after which you’ll ride to the Grand Palace and stroll through the park that was once exclusively reserved for the royal family. More navigating through the labyrinth of alleys and you’ll find yourself riding through the sights and smells of a food market, before arriving at the last attraction, the iconic Giant Swing.

Duration: Half a day
Price: 1200 THB
Company: Grasshopper Adventures

4. Walking Food Tour Off The Beaten Path

While many flock to floating markets for their Thai food fix, the Walking Food Tour Off The Beaten Path – as its name suggests – takes you to hidden spots for a taste of various regional Thai cuisines. Travelling through the concealed back alleys on this foodie adventure will also give you a peek into local culture, as you’ll be exchanging smiles with locals as they go about their day.

From indulging in freshly made Thai desserts, to snacking on street food like curry puffs and fried bananas, to quenching your thirst with traditional herbal drinks at an 80 year old shophouse, this tour reveals a range of Thai flavours you didn’t know existed. To top it all off, you will discover an exclusive hidden restaurant run by the descendants of the royal family, where you get to savour a lavish spread of Thai Royal cuisine.

And this isn’t merely a food tour, but an educational one too. As you revel in the taste of authentic Thai fare, you’ll also learn about the influences of regional cuisine, how the locals prepare traditional curry paste, and how to shop for fruits in Thailand. Lastly, don’t forget to say “Aroy Mak Mak” (“very very delicious”) to the shop owners after a sumptuous meal.

Duration: 4 hours
Price: 1200 THB
Company: eOasia

5. Creepy Bangkok Tour

Definitely not for children or the fainthearted, exploring local life takes an eerie turn with the Creepy Bangkok Tour. The experience starts with the sight of an abandoned fire station along the way to the pier, where the meeting point is. A guide then takes you through the chilling journey of this hair-raising and alternative Bangkok tour.

The first stop is at a local market, which seems innocuous enough until you’re guided into one of the most bizarre museums you’ll find in Bangkok, where mummified serial killers, skulls and handicapped babies are on display. A tuk tuk ride and a walk through a rundown neighbourhood later, you’ll pay a visit to the temple of fertility, followed by a sky train ride that takes you to yet another peculiar museum. Expect an exhibition of no less than 14 dissected bodies brought in from Japan.

On a less creepy note, the tour also gives you a glimpse of the city’s rich-poor divide, passing by both modern high-rise buildings and rickety wooden shacks on the way to the chilling tour attractions. The contrast between the landscapes that hints at the poverty gap that still plagues many locals in the face of Bangkok’s modernisation – perhaps the least scary insight you’ll gain from this experience.

Duration: 10am to 4pm
Price: From 1600 THB
Company: Go Beyond Asia

There are many other tours of Bangkok, especially related to food and culture.

While you’re in Thailand, why not drop by beautiful Phuket!

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