Wondering what Bangkok has to offer? Looking to get your bearings in the capital city of the Land of Smiles? We’ve got your back. Join us for one of our Bangkok walking tours to tick off some sights and see the city up close and personal.
Our walking tour at Bodega will take you on a trip around the highlights of Bangkok. You’ll be able to explore the sights, learn plenty of facts and be able to get your bearings for those solo missions around the city. Feeling overwhelmed and not sure where to start? This is perfect for you. Looking to meet a few like-minded people to hang out with? Join us.
For only 200 baht you’ll get to visit 4 key points of interest in the city with an option to visit Bangkok’s shining jewel, The Grand Palace.
Once you’ve roused yourself from your bed, showered off and sunk the morning coffee we’ll hit the streets. First of all, we’ll get ourselves down to the river ferry and hitch a ride down stream to our first stop.
Stop 1 – Golden Mount
Rising out of the surrounding trees and buildings is Wat Saket, also known as the Golden Mount. This temple sits on a low, man-made hill and shines out for all nearby to see. The center piece is the 58m high chedi which houses an intricate Buddha relic.
Be prepared for a bit of a climb. As you conquer some 300 steps, you’ll wind your way up and around the chedi before celebrating at the top. You’re stood on hallowed ground here. In the late 18th century this spot acted as the city’s crematorium for 60,000 plague victims. That said, there’s no such dismal vibe today. You’ll be greeting with the gentle ringing of bells and flutter of flags.
Stop 2 – Wat Pho
Also known as The Temple of The Reclining Buddha, next up is Wat Pho. This is a temple that you’ve read about in guidebooks and swooned over pictures online. It houses one of the world’s biggest reclining buddhas at 15 metres tall and 46 metres long. Whilst the reclining Buddha is clearly the main focus, there is a whole lot more to see. This is a massive complex that will take some time to explore fully and is an absolute must for every Bangkok visitor.
If the walk is already getting to you, this is a great place to get an affordable massage. The temple is considered one of the best training schools in the country and for only 100 baht you can get yourself a great massage from a trainee.
Stop 3 – Wat Arun
Next up is Wat Arun, or The Temple of Dawn. It’s spectacularly positioned on the river banks and stands apart from the traditional golden temples of Bangkok. Instead, this temple is intricately decorated with thousands of tiny pieces of glass and porcelain which capture the sunlight and gleam in an appealing way to attract visitors!
You can climb the 70m central chedi but be aware that the steps are huge and incredibly steep. Climbing up isn’t that much of a problem but coming down you’ll want to take your time as the vertigo sets in. Don’t be afraid to go down backwards and on all fours!
Stop 4 – Chinatown
Famously running along Bangkok’s Yaowarat, Chinatown is up next. It’s made up of a huge network of hidden alleyways, bustling side streets and plays host to a vibrant community. Chinatown is the place to visit for those interested in incredible street food, excellent fabric and lustrous gold. The shops have replaced the infamous opium dens, brothels and gambling haunts of the past.
Chinatown is best explored by foot and at a leisurely pace. Take time to soak up the atmosphere. Whilst it might be overwhelming at first, you’ll soon get used to the noise, people and general fracas that runs 24-7 here. Be sure to grab some of the any different street foods to bolster your energy levels and tantalize your taste buds!
Stop 5 – The Grand Palace (Optional)
The final Grand Palace stop is an optional one when you’re on the Bodega tour. It is the most famous monument in Bangkok and many choose to dedicate an entire day to it. If you’d prefer to swing by with us then, for an extra cover charge, we can make it happen. The Grand Palace is home to some of Thailand’s most famous temples and is likely going to have featured heavily in your pre-trip research.
The entire palace complex is absolutely huge. There are hundreds of things to see including the world famous and greatly revered Emerald Buddha. Be aware that there is a strict dress code for the Grand Palace and unprepared tourists are regularly turned away. If you’re not sure, just ask your guide if what you’re wearing is ok and they’ll let you know. Think more conservative, and less beach wear…
What’s included in the Bangkok Walking Tour?
For your 200 baht you will get;
- Transportation – Yes, you’ll be walking for most of the tour but we’ll also be taking the river ferry from nearby the hostel to get right into the thick of it nice and quickly!
- Lunch – a decent, hearty lunch that will keep you going for the rest of the day.
- Entrance fees – You won’t have to fork out for any of the above unless you opt to go for the additional stop at the Grand Palace.
Walking and Talking
The best part about taking in Bangkok’s sites on foot with a Bodega group is that you can take the time to get to know people while sharing the experience of exploring this incredible city. You’ll climb temples together, stand awe-struck as you marvel at huge golden Buddhas and laugh as someone takes on the deep-fried insects of the market stalls.
We can guarantee you a good time and a great introduction to one of the best cities in the world. Take the opportunity to learn from our insider knowledge and you’ll be strolling the streets like a local in no time at all.