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  • Location:Bangkok, Thailand
  • Duration:3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Bangkok Walking Tour: Chao Phraya Riverside Paths of Thonburi

Explore the Chao Phraya riverside of Thonburi on a 3.5-hour guided walking tour. Ride a boat to the Tha Din Daeng district of Bangkok and sample local street food; explore back streets and riverside paths on foot; and pass by Thai temples, Chinese shrines, churches and mosques as you gain insight into the area’s diverse local cultures. Expect to see Princess Mother Memorial Park and Wat Kalayanamit along the way! Numbers are limited to 10 people, ensuring a personalized experience with a small group.


  • 3.5-hour Bangkok walking tour of Thonburi
  • Ride a boat across the Chao Phraya river to explore Thonburi’s back streets on foot
  • Taste local snacks purchased from Tha Din Daeng street vendors as you walk with an informative guide
  • Learn about the religious and cultural diversity along Bangkok’s old klongs (canals)
  • Enjoy personalized attention on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This walking tour shows you a side of Bangkok that most tourists don’t see, and provides great insight into local life.

What You Can Expect

Bangkok Walking Tour: Chao Phraya Riverside Paths of Thonburi

Bangkok Walking Tour: Chao Phraya Riverside Paths of Thonburi

Meet your guide and small group at Saphan Taksin BTS Station in the morning or afternoon (depending on the season). Then begin your 3.5-hour tour with a boat ride across the Chao Phraya river where you’ll disembark at Thonburi, located on the western bank. Whether or not this is your first time in Bangkok, you're sure to experience something new here.

Venture by foot to a district known as Tha Din Daeng, where stalls serves up delicious street food along a lively pier. Pick up some local snacks in this foodie paradise to eat along the way.

Listen as your guide describes the diverse local community — including Buddhists, Christians and Muslims — that harkens back to when Thonburi was an independent town until it became part of Bangkok in 1971. Today, the region still retains some of its centuries-old klongs, or canals, which you’ll see as you walk along a stretch of the riverbank.

Stop to admire the Princess Mother Memorial Park, a lush public space featuring a replica of the late royal mother's childhood home, gardens, a pavilion, and exhibition halls with royal memorabilia on display. During your visit, you will stop for a 15-minute break before continuing your walk past more gardens and rural homes.

View several shrines, mosques and community sites of both ethnic Chinese and Portuguese Catholics before arriving at the imposing Wat Kalayanamit. Enjoy the breathtaking sight of this ornate temple, built in the late 1820s, before returning by boat back across the river to complete your tour near the flower market.

Please note: The walking tour covers about 2 miles (3.5 km), and the pace is suitable for anyone with moderate fitness.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Our guide really made this tour for us. We had over 3 hours walking through such an interesting area of Bangkok, with a variety of different cultural influences.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

A nice relaxing way to see the back streets in Bangkok.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

This is different style of tour.
Exciting and interesting tour to see real lifestyle of Bangkok inhabitant.
You will see the way of live, culture, houses and talk to ordinary Bangkok people. The guide - Miss Jib - was so knowledgable on the history and gave usefull tips about seeing Bangkok

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

This walking tour was a wonderful way to see the back streets of Bangkok. Our guide "Esso" was quite easy to listen to and knew what he was talking about, offering snippets of local information and tastes of street food. If you want to get away from the tourist areas this is well worth considering.

4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

Throughly enjoyed this tour,we were met by our tour guide Jib and the owner of expique at the meeting spot. Jib was a wealth of information on the history of these areas where the Chinese,Muslims,Porteguese and Catholics live together harmoniously. Walked many back lanes to see how the people of these areas live,came across many friendly locals happy to say hello and saw inside many homes where they were cheering and having a great time watching Muay Thai fights. This is the real bangkok that many tourists do not get to see. As we went on a Sunday not all the things we were to experience were open but Iam sure if you went on a weekday you would not have a problem. The local street food we tried consisted of various sweet treats which were yummy but more variety of foods would of been better. Would highly recommend this tour for anyone,easy pace walking and Jib our guide was great.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better December 2014

Walked thru lots of back allyways; visited a few interesting candy and snack shops after taking a boat across the river. Interesting stop at a coffeeshop/bakery -good drink and snacks. Thought we'd see more of life along the river when we actually spent more time a few blocks back from the river in allyways; so very little in terms of interesting views. I visited Bangkok several times so it was interesting to see a side of the city I haven't seen, but wouldn't recommend if you're a new visitor; many more interesting things to see and do.

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