You won’t exactly go hungry in a foodie heaven like Bangkok but for a secret glimpse of the city’s maze of motor vehicle-inaccessible back streets complete with regular pit stops to eat, eat and eat again, head on over to Grasshopper Adventures for a cycling tour.
Grasshopper offer a variety of routes, all catered to how much time you have and your cycling ability but I highly recommend the Bangkok Food Adventures which is beginner friendly and though slightly more pricey to the comparable Bangkok by Night tour, includes in the price, my favourite thing in the world, all the food and drink. It also takes on a much smaller tour group (I was in a group of 4) so you’ll actually get a chance to ask questions and get to know your fellow foodies / travellers.
All you have to go is book and turn up with an appetite at the instructed time in comfortable clothing – everything else (friendly local guide, helmet, bicycle, water) will be provided for you.
The tour starts, in the early evening when it’s cooler and takes a leisurely route over flat terrain through the backstreets of the city and over the river by ferry for a fantastic night time view. From my impression, the route and exact food you’ll get to try varies day by day depending on the whim of the tour guide and the group but generally speaking, you’ll be sampling a selection of street food from the city’s main minorities – Chinese, Indian and of course Thai.
Arrive hungry and make sure to take all your photos at the beginning of the tour because trust me, you’ll be full and slightly ripe by the end of the evening!
If you’ve still got juice left in you post-tour, the timing works out great that you can even hop into a cab and head on over to one of Bangkok’s many thriving night markets – my favourite is JJ Green’s which caters to a slightly more trendy crowd, but find a list and hours here.
Hint: Their office and shop where the tours start is not easily accessible by public transport, but hop in a taxi or if you’re brave on the back of a p’win (motorcycle taxi – fun and terrifying in equal measure. Don’t forget to haggle the price before you get on! Prices should start from 10 THB for less than 1km) to get there in plenty of time!
Check out my Instagram @thelostgirl.blog for an explosive video of Thai’s fry their veggies!
|Address||Grasshopper Adventures Shop at 57 Ractchadamnoen Klang Road|
|Hours||Food Tour runs 1815 to approximately 2130|
|Admission||1800 THB – approximately 40 GBP or 50 USD as of April 2017|
|Time Spent||3 – 3.5 Hours|