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How To Discover Bangkok Through Its Food

Here are six hand-picked tours that will give you a taste of Bangkok’s food scene
Here are six hand-picked tours that will give you a taste of Bangkok’s food scene | © Paul Rushton / Alamy Stock Photo
Discovering Thai food for the first time is an experience that will forever be imprinted on your tastebuds. Those jars of pre-made green curry paste won’t come anywhere close after you’ve tasted the real thing. Here are eight unforgettable tours for foodies in Bangkok that will ruin Thai food imitations forever more.

If you love food, you’ll adore Bangkok. The flavours here are bold and brash. The subtlety is in the balance, in the harmonious combination of seemingly mismatched flavours. A typical experience of eating Thai food might involve a mouth-numbing hit of chilli, a creamy undercurrent of coconut milk, all tied together with a citrusy hum of lemongrass.

But other than the incredible flavours, perhaps the second best thing about food in Bangkok is the experience of eating it. Take out the low plastic stools, the inexplicable Christmas decorations and the tuk-tuk drivers waiting on the street for their styrofoam takeout trays and you’ll remove something quite crucial from Thai food itself.

Here are six hand-picked tours that will give you a taste of Bangkok’s food scene from a local’s perspective; tours that will take you through the classics that became famous for good reason, as well as a few lesser-known dishes that will satiate even the most knowledgeable Thai-food-ophile.

ToursChef-designed Bangkok Food Tour for 8 Exclusive Guests
From $61 per person
4 hours
5 (6)
กินข้าวแล้วหรือยัง - It’s the Thai way to greet a friend, but its literal translation is ‘Have you eaten rice yet?’ There is no better way to highlight the importance of eating in Thailand.

Our tour was carefully curated by a Bangkok chef and will take you on a journey through the backstreets of Old Bangkok mopping up a 16+ taster menu in street spots and eateries that have been serving locals for decades. It's not just about the food though. It's about the people behind the plates who have dedicated their lives to cooking on the street.
ToursBangkok After Hours Tour: Nightlife & Night Market Private Tour
From $24 per person
2 hours
3 (4)
Experience the authentic street-food eateries and vibrant nightlife of Bangkok on a fully private tour that will introduce you to the customs and traditions of the local people when the sun sets.

Ideal for first-time visitors to Thailand’s capital city, traveling with a local guide means you don’t have to worry about navigating the busy streets of Silom and can focus on enjoying the handpicked sights and flavors of Thailand’s capital city.

Your knowledgable Bangkok expert who adores the city will take you on untouristy routes and show you the most delicious Thai tastings. Enjoy the best views without getting lost in the crowd.
ToursBangkok's Complete Night Food Tour: Local Culinary Experience
From $72 per person
3 hours
5 (8)
Enjoy this authentic and 100% private food tour by night. Your local host Thanawut will take you on a unforgettable tour through Bangkok where you will taste delicious local dishes and discover local hidden gems.
ToursEvening Bangkok Food and Tuk Tuk Adventure
From $79 per person
4 hours
5 (9)
Sample Thailand's famous street food and soak up the atmosphere of Bangkok by night on this 4-hour evening tour. Zip around the city on a tuk tuk, feast on a variety of street food delicacies, and see attractions such as Phra Sumen Fort, Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, and Chinatown. This small-group tour is limited to four people for a personalised experience.
ActivitiesHands-on Thai Cooking Class & Market Tour in Sukhumvit, Bangkok
From $40 per person
3 hours 30 minutes
5 (5)
Become a Master Chef! At House of Taste Thai Cooking Class, you'll be able to shop at the market, cook authentic Thai food, and eat four favorite Thai dishes. The day will be divided into two parts that will have us exploring Khlong Toei, the biggest fresh market in Bangkok, where you shop for fresh ingredients. Then, take Tuk-Tuk back to the cooking school. The cooking class will be conducted in air-conditioned where you will be introduced to Thai exotic ingredients, including vegetables, spices, and herbs. Daily fixed menus are as follows:

1) APPETIZERS:
- Spicy Lemongrass Salad
- Spicy Shrimp Salad
- Green Papaya Salad
- Deep Fried Spring Rolls
- Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup ("Tom Yum Goong")
- Spicy Coconut Soup with Chicken

2) FIRST MAIN COURSE:
- Stir-fried Rice Noodle with Shrimp ("Pad Thai Goong")

3) SECOND MAIN COURSE (served with rice):
- Red Curry with Chicken
- Green Curry with Chicken
- Massaman Curry with Chicken
- Panang Curry with Chicken

4) DESSERT:
- Mango Sticky Rice
ActivitiesThai Cooking Class with Market Visit by Maliwan
From $41 per person
4 hours
5 (53)
Enjoy hands-on experience of the small-group Thai cooking class. Visit the nearby local market to get some fresh ingredients. Learn how to prepare and cook traditional Thai food with our charming local Thai instructor.