Bangkok | ‘Behind the Scenes’
Explore the famous sites plus the nooks and crannies of this fascinating Southeast Asian metropolis
A 4-day tour of the City's famous sites and hidden secrets
Our 4-day, 3-night mini-tour, or extension – Bangkok Behind the Scenes – offers an unusual look at both the famous sites and the lesser-known parts of Thailand’s celebrated capital city. We’ll stay in an award-winning heritage hotel in the City’s vibrant Banglamphu District and take you on – what we reckon is a one of kind – Bangkok city tour using only various forms of public transport! We’ll visit The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phu and The Golden Mount as well as exploring the alleys, street-life, street-food (and street-art) of Chinatown by tuk-tuk, river taxi, Skytrain and canal boat. (For first time or repeat visitors to Bangkok we’ll keep the precise itinerary entirely flexible.)
From here we head into Samut Songkram’s Amphawa District – where Bangkok meets the Gulf of Thailand – an area of traditional wooden stilt houses, ancient temples and leafy canals. Visits on the way include the iconic Mae Klong ‘Railway Market’ as well as an ancient monastery and some of the traditional local industries such as palm sugar and sea salt production.
Our accommodation is another boutique-style, 100-year-old heritage hotel located right on the banks of one of Amphawa’s many canals. An evening firefly watching boat trip and participation in the local monks’ morning alms round are some of the activities before a return the following day to downtown Bangkok at your convenience. (Drop-off at any downtown hotel while a transfer to the airport is available for a small supplement.)
This is a private, fully accompanied tour based on 2 persons while for a single traveller the cost is £795, while reductions are available for families or larger groups.
Bangkok Behind the Scenes fits in perfectly for any tour starting, finishing or even just passing through Bangkok if you have a few more days to spare or wish to squeeze the most out of that return airfare.
Here's an idea of what you can expect to do and see day-to-day.
Day 1 - Arrival and introductory walking tour
Our tour starts with a check-in to our boutique-style, award-winning heritage hotel in the City’s central Banglamphu District followed by an introductory walking tour of the area’s maze of canals and alleys. In the evening a welcome dinner introduces you to some of the fabulous local street-food.
Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Walk, Meals: D,
Day 2 - Bangkok; day tour of some of the famous sites and lesser-known ones
A Bangkok day tour using only public transport; tuk-tuk, river taxi, Skytrain and canal boat. We’ll take in some of the famous sites – the Grand Palace, Wat Phu and Golden Mount – as well as the local markets, street-life (and street art) of Chinatown’s myriad alleyways. (We’ll keep our itinerary flexible for those who’ve already seen the city’s main sites and we do have myriad alternatives!)
Overnight: Bangkok Transport: Train, Boat, Walk, Tuk Tuk, Meals: B,
Day 3 - Bangkok - the 'Railway Market' and canal life
Early departure to catch the famous Mae Klong ‘Railway Market’ and an ancient monastery before continuing to Samut Songkram District where Bangkok meets the Gulf of Thailand. From here we head to the canal district of Amphawa with stops on the way to check out palm sugar and seas salt production. Check-in to our low-key boutique resort, set in a hundred-year-old canal-side building, with some time at leisure before an evening firefly spotting boat trip.
Overnight: Amphawa Transport: Minibus, Boat, Meals: B,
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Explore the famous sites and lesser-known nooks and crannies of this birant and fascinating metropolis on a unusual 4-day Bangkok mini-tour
- Unique Bangkok tour using various forms of public transport
- Accommodation in boutique-style, award-winning heritage hotels
- Expert (and fun) guiding from local residents
- Fully flexible, private itinerary for first time or repeat visitors
- Famous sites as well as street-life, street-food and local markets
- Discover the traditional canal life and wooden stilt houses of Amphawa
We choose our hotels based on a combination of location, comfort and convenience. Here is a *selection of the types of hotel/rooms you can expect to stay at on this tour...
Nanda Heritage Hotel Bangkok view
- Based around a beautifully restored 1920s teak family villa
- The award winning design combines traditional and modern
- Great central location for restaurants, cafes and shopping
- Award-winning 100 year old wooden heritage hotel
- Delightful location overlooking one of the district's canals
- Low-key, friendly, comfortable and beautifully situated
*This list should be considered a guide only, hotels/rooms may change (without notice) depending on availability.
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