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
On Saturday I went on a food tour with Bangkok Food Tours. I had done a tour with them before the other year when we explored the Bang Rak area. This time I did their “Chinatown Foodie Walk & Culture Tour”. This one was a night tour that started at 6 p.m. The tour lasted about 3.5 hours. We ate at food stalls and restaurants in the area and also had time for some local landmarks. The following are some of the pictures that I tweeted live during the tour. I can highly recommend a tour like this if you want to know more about Thai food.
RT @thaifoodtours: Hope you’re full! How’s the tour experience so far? <= Very good thanks. And yes, I’m very full now 🙂— Richard Barrow (@RichardBarrow) May 10, 2014
On Thursday I joined a food tour of Bangkok with “Taste of Thailand”. The tour, which took us around Bang Rak, lasted about four hours and gave us the opportunity to taste a variety of food in that district. It was a good mixture of street food and high-end restaurant meals. You certainly have to go on these food tours hungry. For more information, please visit their website. The following are some of the pictures that I tweeted live during the tour. I can highly recommend a tour like this if you want to know more about Thai food.