The Old Side of Cultural Bangkok

The Old Side of
Cultural Bangkok

Hidden in small alleys and tucked away, Old Bangkok manifests itself when traveling on this tour.
From communities that continue to flourish with keeping traditions alive to see
lost arts still maintained, the capitol of the past remains thriving.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Old versus new; a city that is in a constant state of movement, Bangkok’s cityscape never seems to disappoint. The drive for modernisation has changed the landscape yet holding on to traditions, its heritage and respecting history through food, architecture and mainly, through its people.

Tucked away in quarters and districts that have survived the tests of time are little treasure pockets of what once formed the centre of Thai culture. Ardently preserved, it is these little hidden parts of vibrant Bangkok that are taken up in one amazing walk through older city parts.

TRAIL ITINERARY

The Old Side of Cultural Bangkok

09:00 - 15:00

We will meet you from our meeting point at Exit 5 of Sanam Chai subway Station at around 9 AM. Transfer from your hotel to the MRT subway station is on own arrangement. We recommend arriving around 15 – 30 minutes before the tour starts.

The MRT subway station lies right in the very heart of Old Bangkok, used by many locals to commute from their residential region to other part and therefore avoiding Bangkok’s notorious traffic jams. Upon arrival at the meeting point, we head straight into the traditional side of Bangkok; a small yet very lively flower market grabs our senses and attention immediately where the smell of fresh flowers will follow you all along the way to the beautiful area of Ban Bat…by tuk tuk.

Once a thriving part of Bangkok, Ban Bat has remained its charm and is now considered one of the leading communities creating alms bowls the old fashioned way, one of the essential part of a monk’s daily alms ceremony. Your guide will be able to explain in detail the importance of this and the relation it has with Thai religion.

We tuk tuk further along to visit the Kudeejeen community which best known for its Portuguese and Chinese influences from hundreds of years ago. Preserving this has been the life’s work of a few of its residents. We stop to visit a heritage Thai-Victorian house and observe how to make former Thai royal cuisine ‘Chor Muang’. The old recipes uses to prepare meals for the royalties differ from the current Thai cuisine although elements of ‘Chor Muang’ have been integrated in the current modern form of this rich-in-flavour cuisine.

At the end of the walking tour, we hop on a long-tailed boat cruising through the communities by the water, and conclude our trip at the Saphan Taksin BTS station. Transfer back to your hotel is not included.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full day tour with a professional English-speaking guide
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Return transfers from / to your booked accommodation from / to the indicated meeting point
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on private basis only. Tours are operated with an English-speaking guide only.
  • This excursion does not include return transfers from and to your booked accommodation. Customers are requested to get to the meeting point well ahead in time of the starting time on own arrangement. Should customers prefer to have a pre-arranged transfer included, supplements apply.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to reach the meeting point for this excursion at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of this excursion. Failure to do so may result in missing the guide and the other participants.

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