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Night Tour Of Bangkok By Tuk-Tuk!

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Bangkok is our favorite city at any time of day, but at night the city comes alive. There are few things quite as much fun as cruising along the streets of Bangkok on a chill summer night onboard one of the city’s iconic Tuk-Tuks, immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of the most vibrant city on earth.

So when Expiqueย invited us to join their Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour, we weren’t exactly hard to convince!

We met up with our three guides Simon, Natt, and Ning from Expique, at a Skytrain station in Bangkok. We were all put in tuk-tuks and headed off into the bustling Bangkok night.

Tuk-Tuk driver
Our friendly Tuk-Tuk driver

Bangkok By Night Tuk-Tuk Tour

On this 4-hour tuk-tuk tour, we got to see some of Bangkok’s most iconic attractions and sights by night. We got to visit these sites that most tourists only see during the daytime, like Bangkok’s most famous temple Wat Pho.

Seeing these Bangkok sights after dark, beautifully lit up, makes it even more special and unique.

8 Highlights Of The Bangkok Night Tour

On the Bangkok by night Tuk-Tuk tour, we visited these 8 places:

1. Klongsan Night Market

Our first stop on the tour was at the vibrant and busy Klongsan Plaza night market. This area used to be a train station back in the day.

Klongsan Night Market in Bangkok
Klongsan is one of the biggest night markets in Bangkok

Here you will find everything from trendy clothes, shoes, jewelry, jeans, accessories…..Yep, everything you might need for a new look! Few tourists know about this market, which is a lucky thing because they are likely to be charging Thai prices.

You will also find many stands selling food, drinks, and snacks here.

Snacks at Night Market in Bangkok
Lots of delicious snacks to find at the night market
Bangkok night market
The market consists of several narrow streets packed with things and clothes
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Lots of different Thai street food at the market

We also stopped to visit a giant Buddhist monk (not a real one, a doll).ย  Here they also sell amulets that will protect you and give you a long and happy life.

Buddhist monk
A huge Buddhist monk replica
plastic Buddhist monk in Bangkok
Our guide Natt told us about the monk (to the left) and good luck Buddha amulets for sale (to the right).

2. Wat Prayoon

After a short tuk-tuk ride, we stopped at the beautiful shining white pagoda Wat Prayoon (or Wat Rua Lek). This temple is 138 years old and was built during King Rama III’s period (1824-1851).

Wat Prayoon has been beautifully restored. The restoration took six years and was finished in 2012. For the repair, it received the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Conservation Award of Excellence in April 2014.

The temple includes a large white inverted bell-shaped pagoda, Turtle Mountain with its spirit house, and a turtle pond where visitors can feed the turtles.

We did not feed or see any turtles; they had probably all gone to sleep. Thais believe that saving the life of a turtle gives you a long life.

 

Wat Prayoon temple in Bangkok
Wat Prayoon is impressive in size and sits on an 80-meter base.

3. River Boat

After Wat Prayoo, it was time to leave the tuk-tuks and try another transportation favorite among the locals – the river shuttle ferry.

Bangkok canal
A network of canals runs through Bangkok city.

Along the way, we got to taste typical Thai snacks.

We tried deep-fried fish cakes and green Thai custard flavored dip with bread for dipping. It was delicious! We would never have dared to try any of these snacks on our own, as they look a bit strange :).

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Our excellent guide, Natt, is telling us about the importance of the rivers in Bangkok.

4. Dinner at Thip Samai Restaurant

Finally, it was time to fill up our bellies, which was good because I was starving! ๐Ÿ™‚

We visited the restaurant Thip Samai, which apparently has the best Pad Thai in Bangkok!

Not bad considering that they sell Pad Thai EVERYWHERE in this city :). So we had high expectations about this Pad Thai, and it did not disappoint! So is it the best in Bangkok? Impossible to say, but we have eaten a lot of Pad Thais over the years, and this one was delicious!

Thip Samai also has the most amazing orange juice I have ever tasted! It was so fresh and full of flavor! I could feel its healthfulness as I was drinking it, filling me up with vitamin C. So if you go here, make sure to order the orange juice and not just another Singha (which you can buy everywhere in Thailand).

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Our tour group is having Pad Thai at Thip Samai.
Pad Thai Bangkok
Thip Samai’s famous Pad Thai in the making
Pad Thai at Thip Samai
The Pad Thai at Thip Samai is delicious!

Read our article on what kind of Thai food you should not miss when visiting Bangkok here.

5. The Giant Swing

After getting our energy back, we headed over to Bangkok’s Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha).

Yep, you read correctly….a HUGE swing! It is located next to Wat Suthat, one of the most important Buddhist centers in Thailand, with many bronze sculptures. You can’t miss it, as it is tremendously tall!

Bangkok’s iconic Giant Swing is over 21 meters high and painted blood red. It was built in 1784 by King Rama I, two years after establishing Bangkok as the new capital, and shows the strong influence of Brahmanism in Thailand.

The Giant Swing In Bangkok
The Giant Swing is over 21 meters tall.

The Giant Swing was used as part of the Swing Ceremony, one of 12 royal Brahmanic ceremonies annually performed to celebrate the new year, appease Brahmanic gods, and ask for their blessings.

The Swing Ceremony used to be grand, and the highlight was when three groups of four Brahmans each rode on the Giant Swing, as a re-enactment of when Shiva descended to the earth.


According to an ancient Hindu epic, Shiva was sent to earth after Brahma had created the world. When Shiva descended the earth, the great snake (Naga) wrapped around the mountains to keep the earth in place. After Shiva had found the ground solid, the snake went into the sea in celebration.

The two tall pillars of the Giant Swing represent the mountains, and the circular base represents the earth and the seas.

In the Swing Ceremony, the Brahmins would swing and try to catch a bag of coins placed on one of the pillars with their teeth. It sounds pretty dangerous and stupid if you ask me. But, typical men doing something like that, to show off how brave they are! ๐Ÿ™‚ Apparently (and not so surprisingly), there were several fatal accidents where people got hurt and even died while swinging, so they stopped using it in 1935. Well, too bad, as it would probably be a spectacular show!

6. Wat Pho Temple

Up next, Bangkok’s famous and mighty tourist attraction Wat Pho Temple!

We have been to Wat Pho a couple of times before, but only during the daytime. We didn’t know it was possible to enter the grounds in the evening, and best of all, for free! We were not allowed to see the Reclining Buddha (which is in a building of its own) but could walk around the premises.

We had the place all to ourselves, and it was so peaceful and atmospheric! I could have stayed there forever, as it felt magical.

Wat Pho Temple by night
Walking around Wat Pho Temple at night was magical
Wat Pho Temple, Bangkok
The Wat Pho Temple sparkles in the beautiful lightning
Wat Pho Temple by night
Wat Pho at night is even more stunning than during the day

7. Bangkok Flower Market

Next up, after another fun tuk-tuk ride through the busy streets of Bangkok, was the bright and colorful Flower Market (Pak Khlong Talat).

This is Bangkok’s famous flower market, which comes to life after dark.

Bangkok Flower Market
Lots of activities at the Flower Market after dark

Bangkok’s flower market is so beautiful and vibrant, full of colors and lovely smells! Here you can find all kinds of flowers, vegetables, and fruits.

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Beautiful flowers at Bangkok Flower Market

Though the market is open 24 hours, it is busiest before dawn, when boats and trucks arrive with flowers from all over Thailand. Here both consumers and wholesalers come to buy flowers and vegetables.

Many local florists come to the market early in the morning to stock up on flowers to sell in their shops the following day. Also, the poor who make a living out of stringing and selling flower garlands on the streets buy sacks of jasmine and marigold flowers here.

Jasmine garlands at Bangkok Flower Market
A woman is making beautiful flower garlands of jasmine and marigold flowers. They smell amazing!

The market has a long history, all the way back to the reign of Rama I (1782-1809) when it was a floating market here. Later it changed into a fish market before it became the kind of market it is today. It has been a flower market for over 60 years.

Bangkok flower market
Vegetables and flowers are being shipped in and out of the market throughout the night.
Tons of chilli at Bangkok Flower Market
Chilli anyone?!
Bangkok flower market
Bangkok Flower Market is busy all through the night
flowers at Bangkok Flower Market
Orchid and chrysanthemum flowers.
Beautiful flower bouquets at Bangkok Flower Market
Beautiful bouquets of roses and lily flowers.
Bangkok flower market
Delicious freshly squeezed pomegranate juice.

Please read our article on other markets in Bangkok that you should not miss.

8. Thai Dessert

We ended our tour in Chinatown, having some strange Thai-Chinese dessert. The dessert contained 16 different ingredients (don’t ask me what was in it….) covered in ice and sugar water.

I wouldn’t go as far as to say it was the best dessert ever, but it was interesting…

dessert street food Bangkok
Our Thai-Chinese dessert, containing 16 different things covered in ice.

The tour ended at around 22:30.

We very much enjoyed this night tour of Bangkok by tuk-tuk with Expique! Our three guides were helpful and friendly, had a lot of in-depth knowledge of Bangkok, and could answer all our questions. Even though we have been to Bangkok many times, they showed us places we had never been before, places we wouldn’t know of or find ourselves.

Thank you, Simon, Natt, and Ning, for a great tour! Seeing Bangkok by night from a tuk-tuk is for sure the best, most fun, and authentic way to experience the “city of angels”!


Information About The Bangkok By Night Tuk-Tuk Tour

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Time: Every day, 18:30/ 6:30 PM – 22:30/ 10:30 PM
  • Min age: 10 years old
  • Meeting point: Krung Thonburi BTS Skytrain Station
  • Group size: max 12 people
  • Price: 2425 THB = approx. US$ 72

Expique’s Other Bangkok Tours

We went on Expique’s classic “Bangkok Night Lights Tour – Join-in Tuk Tuk Tour.” This is their most popular tour.

Expique also has other fabulous tours, like the “Evening Food and Tuk Tuk Adventure,” which focuses more on food.

You can read more about the different tours at the Expique website.


Where To Stay In Bangkok

Bangkok offers a wide selection of accommodation for all budgets, and you will have plenty of choices when it comes to finding the right place to stay.

Bangkok is pretty affordable when it comes to accommodation, so you can get some really good deals and even find five stars hotels very cheap compared to other places in the world. However, accommodation prices do vary greatly with the season.

Below are some of our favorite hotels in Bangkok. ย We have stayed at all of the hotels below.

Avani Riverside

The awesome rooftop infinity pool at Avani Riverside Hotel

If you’d like to stay along the river without breaking the bank, the Avani Riverside hotel is a great alternative to the usual riverside luxury hotels. Rooms are super comfortable with fantastic views overlooking the Chao Phraya River and the fantastic rooftop infinity pool is probably our favorite in Bangkok.
Click here for latest prices

Hotel Muse Bangkok

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Hotel Muse has a beautiful and classic decor

Hotel Muse is a cool and unique boutique hotel, perfectly located in the center of Bangkok within easy walking distance of Chit Lom Skytrain station. The rooms are elegant with a classic Thai inspired decor, comfortable beds and gorgeous bathrooms with a deep bathtub.. There is a rooftop bar, a pool and a fitness center. We spent Christmas here a few years ago, and was very happy with our choice of hotel.
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Casa Nithra
If you’re looking for a mid-range option close to Bangkok’s famous Khao San area, then the Casa Nithra comes highly recommended. The rooftop swimming pool is lovely, the rooms comfortable and the breakfast has plenty of options. It’s located in a quiet area, yet Khao San is just an easy walk away.
Click here for latest prices

Hotel Icon
Hotel Icon is a small hotel centrally located on Sukhumvit road. The rooms are fresh and modern, big and comfortable with all the usual comforts such as flat-screen tv, aircon, and free Wi-Fi. The rooftop swimming pool is great!
Click here for latest prices

โ‡’ For more accommodation options and tips on which areas of Bangkok that suit you best, read our complete guide to where to stay in Bangkok.

Travel Guides

We used the Lonely Planet`s Thailandย travel guide on our trip. You can get that and other great books by clicking on the pictures below which will take you to Amazon.com (affiliate links):




 

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18 Comments

    • I know, it’s amazing how much there is to do and see in Bangkok ๐Ÿ™‚

      I guess you’ll just have to come back soon, Kerwin ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  1. Sounds like a great way to spend an evening! I actually really liked Wat Pho, I didn’t realize it was open in the evenings! Great shots there! Klongsan market looks pretty cool too. And, of course all pad thai is good, so I’d love to try the “best” in Bangkok! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Hi Katie!

      Yeah, Bangkok is great at night as well ๐Ÿ™‚

      We also did not know that Wat Pho is open in the evenings. I think the stop there was probably my favourite part of the tour. We have been there before, but there is something magical about places like that after dark, especially when you are almost alone.

      You should definitely try their Pad Thai next time you are in Bangkok. I think we will have to expand our Favorite Thai Food post with one more after this ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Thanks for the post Maria! It brings me back to Bangkok and reminds me of the great time! It also reminds me of the fact that I still need to do a write-up about the tours.
    It’s just such a hassle writing with a laptop on your lap (hopefully my desk arrives Tuesday)!

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    • Hi Yvon!

      Thanks for your comment! And thanks for the great time we had in Bangkok! It was so fun to get to know you and hang out with you! Ah, writing blogposts with your laptop on your lap does not seem very easy or productive, sure hope your desk arrives soon! I am looking forward to your blogpost from the Tuk-Tuk tour and the China Town tour! Take care! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Hi guys, so glad you enjoyed the tour. We really enjoyed hosting you and showing you our favorite parts of Bangkok. Looking forward to hosting you again
    Simon and the Expique Team

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    • Hi Simon!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a comment! We had a great tour with you, and hope to see you again soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Looks like a fabulous tour by tuk-tuk! Judging by your lovely photos so many interesting activities could be done rather than be resigned to a couple of beers. Very inspiring for another visit to Bangkok LOL!
    Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Thank you Maria, this was so helpful and informative. We made a spontaneous decision to have a3 day vacation in Bangkok. I followed your advice on what to do in 3 days.

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  6. I just stumbled upon this while doing my research for my not-so-far trip in Dec.
    There are SO many reasons for choosing bangkok, my first overseas friend visit after a long time of 1.5 years, my bf’s first international trip with me and New Years!
    I really wanna include this stuff in my trip, it will be sooo much fun. *_*
    Loved your post.
    Are you based in Bangkok now?

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    • Hi Deepika,

      Thank you so much! So happy to hear that our post could be of help to you when planning your Bangkok trip! I`m sure you will have an awesome time together with your bf!

      Have a great trip to Bangkok! Bangkok is the best place to celebrate New Year! We have celebrated seven New Year`s Eves in this great city.

      We are not in Bangkok right now but hope to be back soon.

      Peace & Love
      -Maria-

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  7. Its glad to know that you had funny on your night tour in Bangkok. You’ll get to see Bangkok in different perspective plus it nice to explore the city when the weather is cold.

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        • Hi Karen,

          Yes, I think that one week is enough to see most of the highlights of Bangkok. Then you have time to relax a bit too, which is especially nice if you stay at a hotel with a swimming pool. You will also have time to enjoy the many amazing restaurants, food markets, and cafes that the city has to offer.

          Have a fantastic week in Bangkok!

          -Maria-

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