Eco Friendly Tour of Bangkok

Hop on and off Bangkok’s public transport to see the city the way a local would. You’ll start the day with an early morning tai chi session in Lumpini Park (it’s optional, for those of you who love a lie-in).

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, you’ll board Bangkok’s air-conditioned Skytrain, admiring the city views before getting on a public boat near Chao Phraya River. The boat will take you to the iconic Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. You’ll have some time to explore these two iconic sites before jumping into a tuk tuk. Your driver will take you through quiet and colourful streets to Soi Ban Batra, where you’ll stop by a family-run workshop producing bowls used by monks. You’ll get a first-hand look at how these bowls used to collect alms are made.

You’ll then hop on a bus boat tour through Bangkok’s canals. You'll experience the city in a way most tourists never will, seeing how local people live along the canals. Your tour will end with a visit to the Jim Thompson House, home of the American entrepreneur who saved the Thai silk industry from extinction. He had a significant influence on many Thai people, allowing women to work from home, so they could still keep their housewife duties but also make money. The house you’ll visit was designed by him (he was also an ex-architect) and was the talk of the town and social hub for many. In 1967, he mysteriously disappeared, turning him into a legend. To this day, no one knows exactly how he disappeared or what became of him.

 

Highlights

  • Tour Bangkok like a local using different types of public transport

  • See how the bowls monks use to collect alms are made

  • Visit the mysterious Jim Thompson house to learn about this Thai/American legend

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I lived and worked in Bangkok and love Thailand so much that I’ve been back eight times since! High on the list of my favourite moments is jumping off a longtail boat to snorkel in the turquoise water, staying out all day to watch the sunset, then jumping in the water again to see the luminous plankton.

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