a top trip in thailand: tuk tuk experience

tuk tuk ride in bangkok thailandThere are approximately 10,000 tuk tuks constantly buzzing about Bangkok. Thanks to a government funded re-fit, these previously noisy and air-polluting machines are now more eco-friendly and are such a fun way to get around. In fact, Intrepid travellers like Carla Wilson love them so much that these iconic vehicles are the stars of one of our Bangkok Urban Adventures

“I had a free day in Bangkok before my last Intrepid trip, so I decided to do Tuk Tuk Experience. The 5-hour tour was great way to explore the city’s backstreets and it gave us enough time to get to know some of the sites. Our colourful tuk tuks picked us up at the hotel and whisked us to an amulet market, which was really interesting. Our guide Jo was very enthusiastic about explaining the significance of the charms to ward off evil and what they mean to local people.

The time in the tuk tuks was short bursts, as we stopped from place to place to get out and have a look around. They are a convenient way to zoom through the city because they can zig-zag in and out of traffic. Hold on tight though!

We went to Wat Po, the oldest Temple in Bangkok, to see the giant gold reclining Buddha. Jo was a monk there for 5-years, so his insights and stories were fascinating. The glittery detail of the temple architecture was exquisite. Another stop was the Golden Mount, that rewarded us with great panoramic views of Bangkok after we climbed 318 steps. We also ventured into what is known as ‘Little India’. It is full of Indian stores and shops selling Indian food and I spotted a great place that I went back to that night for dinner.

It was such an enjoyable morning and we covered many significant sites. The best part was gaining a real insight into some other aspects of Bangkok from a local’s perspective, which normally I would have probably passed by without even noticing. It was a brilliant introduction to Bangkok and if you’ve got some time to kill before your Intrepid trip, or want to get to know the city when you’re travelling on your own, I definitely recommend an Urban Adventure!”

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* photo by Adrian Brophy – Intrepid Photography Competition

About the author

Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll read about Sue's travel experiences, find helpful travel advice and she loves sharing great tales from Intrepid travellers.

3 comments

I dont usually use tuk tuks as they tend to be much more expensive than a regular taxi, maybe 2-3 times as much, sometime more. But if you are only here for a short time, then its worth paying extra to have a ride in one.

Hi Harvie,
Thanks for your comment. It’s true that tuk tuks can be more expensive and are best if you’re travelling short distances. But the great thing about joining an Urban Adventure is you don’t need to worry about the meter clicking over, as it’s all included in your day tour :-)
Happy adventures,
Sue, Intrepid Express Editor

Christian Friborg / Reply

Sounds exciting! I’d like to experience this too!

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