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Taking Bangkok food tours is a great way to discover the local specialties in one of the best cities in the world for food.
On your own, knowing what and where to find the best local food can be daunting.
Whether it’s your first trip to Bangkok or you’ve been there multiple times, the local delicacies and street foods are captivating.
Going on a Bangkok food tour will help you get your bearings on the local food while tackling the language barriers.
With a local Thai guide, have fun and explore the neighborhoods. Get to know the local culture as you eat your way through the city.
While in Bangkok, or the “City of Angels,” here are six Bangkok food tours to choose from to make your travels tasty.
What to Consider When Choosing Bangkok Food Tours?
While the basics are the same for many food tours in Bangkok, things like length of tour, location and food experiences vary.
Give this some consideration as you think about your travel companions and whether it is your first time in Bangkok or not.
Once you’ve decided on what’s important to you, go ahead and book the Bangkok tour that best fits your needs.
Please note, hours and availability may vary based on local restrictions due to the pandemic.
How Much Time Do You Have?
Depending on how much time you have in Bangkok, you can opt for a half day or full day Bangkok tour.
Some tours are offered during the day while others are at night. With that flexibility, you should find a tour that fits your schedule.
What Kind of Bangkok Food Tour Experience Do You Want
Having visited Bangkok several times and personally taken most of these tours, we can confidently say that you will have a local and authentic experience.
Beyond that, are there any experiences you particularly want to enjoy.
Are you curious about going on a Bangkok food tour in a tuk tuk?
Do you want to go on a walking food tour and explore a particular Bangkok neighborhood?
Do you prefer taking a tour with a group, or is with a private Bangkok tour with a local expert more your style?
If you want a Bangkok floating markets tour or even take a day tour from Bangkok, simply choose as you read below.
What Is Your Budget for a Food Tour in Bangkok?
The kind of experience you are looking for will play largely into your budget considerations.
The Bangkok food tours we highlight range from $20 USD to more than $200 USD per person. Depending on the size of your group, you may be able to negotiate discounted rates.
Be prepared to pay extra for private tours where you can explore at your own pace.The group tours showcased here are small groups with about 8 participants.
Even though you will not have the guide’s exclusive focus, these Bangkok food tours are more affordable.
The Best Bangkok Food Tours To Choose From
1 – A Chef’s Designed Bangkok Street Food Tour
Imagine diving head first into a Bangkok street food tour designed by a chef.
A Chef’s Tour is a new type of food tour company that creates tours good enough for chefs.
The tours don’t pander to Western palates. Instead you get to really understand the regional foods, history and ingredients in the heart of the area’s cuisine.
We took a Chiang Mai food tour with A Chef’s Tour to explore northern Thai food and loved it.
On the Bangkok BackStreets Food Tour, chef Nutth will likely be your English speaking tour guide.
A chef, restaurant owner and licensed tour guide, you will explore the city’s alleys and hidden eats. The places most visitors to Thailand would never find.
The tour takes place in Chinatown gate where for over four hours you will discover the hidden Chinatown and the best places to eat.
One word of caution, eat light before your tour as you will sample more than 15 local delicacies.
As you walk around, your local chef guide will answer all your questions about Thai culture and history.
When it comes to the food, you’ll understand the dishes and ingredients and how they connect back to Thai culture.
If you want a chef’s perspective on the local Bangkok street food in Chinatown, consider taking a Bangkok Backstreets food tour.
Cost of the Tour: $59 USD per person
Length of Tour: Approximately 4 hours – 4:30 am – 8:30 pm
Size: Chef and foodie English speaking tour guide. Small group tours (max 8).
2- Best Bangkok Food Tour in a Tuk Tuk – Evening Tour
Tuk-Tuks are one of the most iconic modes of transportation in Bangkok.
The way these three-wheeled vehicles whizz in and out of traffic is an experience to be had by first time and repeat visitors to Bangkok.
If you are curious about taking a Tuk Tuk, why not combine that with an evening food and tuk tuk adventure.
At night the streets of Bangkok come to life in a unique way. Your senses are heightened as the smells and sounds of street vendors greet you at every corner.
On one of our first visits to Bangkok, we took the opportunity to hop into a tuk-tuk and take a Bangkok night food tour.
That was one of the most fun and insightful tours we’ve taken.
We enjoyed the combination of stops at delicious off the beaten path eateries and learning about what makes Thai cuisine special.
Furthermore, the convenience of moving around leisurely in a tuk tuk makes for an entertaining experience.
If you are looking to experience Bangkok in a tuk tuk and gain a local’s perspective of night eating in the city, this tour is for you.
You’ll enjoy diverse food stops, a local market stop and a Bangkok temple tour cultural stop in between the eating.
Cost of the Tour: $72.83 USD per person (minimum 2 people)
Length of Tour: Approximately 4 hours. From 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Size: Small group tour with English speaking Bangkok tour guide
3 – Bangkok Floating Market Tour
Visiting markets is a great way to explore the local food scene in Bangkok. There are many kinds of Bangkok food markets, and at each one food is an integral part of the experience.
One of the most unique market experiences is visiting one of the must-see floating markets of Thailand. We visited some floating markets in Bangkok.
Although we enjoyed our experience, we would have benefited from being with a local guide.
The floating markets are not easy to get to and having a guide to help us find the market as well as interact with the boat vendors would have been beneficial.
Although we didn’t visit Damnoen Saduak Floating Market, it is one of Thailand’s most colorful markets with lots of boat vendors. You can sail the canals and try fresh fruits and foods from the different vendors.
On your way to the famous Damnoen Saduak floating market, stop by a local Thai house and see locals making brown coconut sugar. Understand the importance of this ingredient in Thai cooking.
At the floating market, try authentic Thai foods and indulge in local treats and tasty seasonal fruits.
This floating market Bangkok tour offers an intimate look into the local culture and is best for those looking to explore a slice of local life outside the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.
Cost of the Tour: $23.18 USD per person
Length of Tour: 6 Hours, from 7:30 am – 1:30 pm. Hotel pick up available for an additional fee
Size: Small group size with an English speaking guide
4 – Bangkok Chinatown Food Tour
Chinatown Bangkok is the world’s largest and most authentic community of Chinese living outside China.
It is also one of Bangkok’s busiest and liveliest districts.
Known to locals as “Yaowarat”, Chinatown Bangkok goes way beyond a tourist attraction.
It is a working Chinatown with two distinct atmospheres.
The Chinatown Bangkok market by day and a massive open air food market by night.
Navigating Chinatown and knowing the best vendors not to miss can be very intimidating.
On our first visit to the capital of Thailand, we took a Chinatown Bangkok food tour to get the most out of the experience.
Having a guide that spoke both Thai and English was a huge bonus as well.
On this Chinatown tour with a local guide, you will explore the hustle and bustle of Chinatown while sampling unique regional Thai foods.
You will also explore the temples and churches that are part and parcel of Bangkok’s sprawling Chinatown.
Plunge into this buzzing district and discover the distinctive Bangkok style take on Thai food.
And, with a Thai/ English speaking guide, you will see a side of Bangkok that is impossible to find on your own.
Cost of the Tour: $29.76 USD per person
Length of Tour: Approximately 4 hours, from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Size: Small group size with local guide
5 – Bangkok to Ayutthaya Day Tour
If you’ve been to Bangkok before or you simply want to explore outside of Thailand’s busy capital, consider an Ayutthaya day tour from Bangkok.
While visiting the ‘Ancient Capital of Thailand’ and numerous temples, you’ll get to explore the local cuisine.
Ayutthaya, located about 80 km north of Bangkok is a popular UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Once the biggest city in the world and the center of trade of Southeast Asia, this former capital of Thailand is worth discovering.
We took an Ayutthaya tour from Bangkok and loved visiting the ancient temples, an important Thai-Chinese market known for its regional desserts, and feasting on giant shrimp.
This private tour starts out with a pick up at your Bangkok hotel. With your local and private guide, you will visit several Ayutthaya temples, including the giant Buddha head in the trees.
Your tour guide will share the fascinating historical facts about each temple. After the temple visits, you will feast on amazing giant shrimp or jumbo river prawns.
Before your ride back to Bangkok, you will stop a local Thai-Chinese market and taste unique desserts found exclusively in the region.
If you are looking to see a different side of Thailand while diving into the local Thai culture, an Ayutthaya day trip from Bangkok is an experience not to miss.
Cost of the Tour: $295 USD for two people
Length of Tour: Approximately 10 hours – from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Size: Private car and tour guide. Free hotel pick up and drop off
6 – Bangkok Food and Walking Tour in Bang Rak
If you want to immerse yourself in a local neighborhood, there is no better place than Bang Rak.
Bang Rak is one of Bangkok’s districts known by locals for having some of the best food in a small area.
Additionally, Bang Rak is also known as the “Village of Love”, and it represents Muslim, Buddhist and Christian communities living in harmony for over 150 years.
We took a Bang Rak Food Tour and enjoyed wonderful and authentic experiences that we wouldn’t have discovered by ourselves.
This food tour in the historic Bang Rak district is more than just a food tour. It is a cultural tour with insights into the local Thai culture along the journey.
This Bangkok food tour is best for those looking for an intimate and small group experience while delving deep into a specific local neighborhood.
You will sink your teeth into Thailand’s street food,, savor regional recipes, including herbal drinks, sweets and more.
Cost of Tour: $45.04 per person
Length of Tour: Approximately 4 hours. From 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Size: Small group tour. English speaking local Thai guide
Comparison Table of The Different Bangkok Food Tours
|Bangkok Food Tours||Price||Start Time||Duration||Location|
|1.A Chef’s Bangkok Street Food Tour||$59.00||4:30 pm||4 hours||Bangkok Chinatown|
|2.Bangkok Food Tour in a Tuk Tuk||$72.83||6:00 pm||4 hours||Bangkok|
|3. Bangkok Floating Market Tours||$23.18||7:30 am||6 hours||Damnoen Saduak Floating Market|
|4. Bangkok Chinatown Food Tour||$29.76||2:00 pm||4 hours||Bangkok Chinatown|
|5. Bangkok to Ayutthaya Day Tour||$295 (for 2)||7:00 am||10 hours||Ayutthaya|
|6. Bangkok Food Tour Bang Rak||$45.04||9:30 am||4 hours||Bang Rak District in Bangkok|
With dozens of Bangkok food tours to choose from, it can be difficult making the right decision.
We hope this overview of the best Bangkok food tours will help you find the right tour that fits your needs.
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Rosemary, ex-marketing and advertising strategist, is a digital nomad and content creator at Authentic Food Quest. Since 2015, with her partner, Claire, they travel the world in search of the best local food experiences. Their mission is to help you enjoy the best local specialties on your travels or via recipes in your home kitchen. Favorite country for food: Peru. Favorite local dish: Bacalhau. Favorite way to keep fit: Running. Rosemary is the chief content writer and strategist on Authentic Food Quest. She is also co-author of Authentic Food Quest Argentina and Authentic Food Quest Peru, available on Amazon.