If it’s your first time in a city and you don’t have much time to explore, then joining a tour is usually the best alternative. However, the traditional tours are on mini buses and coaches and you are taken from point A to B with probably several stops along the way at shops where the tour guides make a nice commission. But the modern version of these tours are smaller and more personal. At the weekend I went on a walking tour in Bangkok with a guide from Expique (click to visit their website). There was only two Australians and myself which was perfect. With a tour guide you can get to see a side of the city that most normal tourists don’t get to see and you have the bonus of having a local explaining the things you are seeing. These kinds of tours are usually limited to no more than ten people. The following are some of the pictures that I tweeted during the tour.
This is where spirit houses & sacred images come to die. You can’t just throw them away. These are under a bodhi tree pic.twitter.com/Zpm3hLfFjQ— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) November 9, 2014
Inside Santa Cruz. This Catholic Church is about 100 years old though the original church dates back to 1780 pic.twitter.com/o4MLnaekeo— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) November 9, 2014