Bangkok is a city that is both ancient and modern, with a rich cultural history and a vibrant food culture. It’s also one of the most exciting cities in the world. It is also the spiritual home of Retired Working For You.
RW4UTours will take you on an adventure through the heart of Bangkok, where you’ll get to sample some of the best food in Thailand, everything from street vendors, markets, and local Thai restaurants. Our trip will also take you to some of Bangkok’s most important historical sites, including Wat Pho Temple and Jim Thompson House. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and offer a glimpse into what makes Bangkok such an interesting place to visit.
We will do a night tour of Bangkok on Tuk Tuks, walk through the Queen Sirikit and Lumpini Parks (joined by The Green Mile), visit Yaowarat (also known as Chinatown), take in some Muay Thai boxing, a relaxing massage and give you some free time to do some shopping.
Finally, we’ll take you on an excursion through some of Bangkok’s most popular nightlife areas including Patpong (where we will visit the famous Patpong Museum), Nana and Soi Cowboy.
Bangkok Tour Itinerary
Welcome to Thailand and your RW4UTours adventure! When you arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport you will be greeted by our friendly staff and transported to your ‘Home’ for the next 8 days. In the evening, join your fellow tour participants and receive the tour briefing at the welcome dinner & drinks event.
After a relaxing night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast, we catch a river (khlong) taxi to the (in)famous Jim Thompson House.
Known as the Thai Silk King, Thompson’s house is a superb specimen of 1960’s Bangkok architecture and his art collection is globally recognised.
At lunch time we return to Asok to visit the Pad Krapow lady at the Ruam Sab market. Why not attempt Chris Parker’s USD5/THB150 lunch challenge. Can you, do it? In the afternoon shop at Terminal 21 or EmQuartier. Alternatively hang out by the hotel pool or spend the afternoon café hopping enjoying an Iced Thai Tea or an Iced Caffeine hit.
In the evening we tour Sukhumvit by Tuk Tuk. These crazy 3-wheel vehicles offer an exciting view of Bangkok traffic and nightlife. We will sample bars and eat Thai street food all over Sukhumvit. After the Tuk Tuk tour, you can ‘party on’ or return to the hotel for a good night’s sleep.
We attend one of Bangkok’s famous cooking schools – Cooking with Poo. The activity will include a trip to a Thai fresh food market (the likes of which you have probably never seen) purchasing the ingredients that you will use in your cooking class. And you eat what you cook. Yum.
Enjoy a free afternoon. In the evening, dinner at Baan Rim Naam followed by a night of Muay Thai boxing (the national sport of Thailand). Muay Thai is a full-contact martial art where two opponents battle using their fists, elbows, knees, shins, and feet. We will get up close to the action at Bangkok’s Rajdamnoen Stadium.
The day starts with an early walk through the beautiful Queen Sirikit Park, then onto the Green Mile (a walkway which connects Queen Sirikit and Lumpini parks). Having worked up a healthy appetite, you will then return to the hotel for breakfast/brunch.
In the afternoon you will enjoy a traditional Thai massage, which is generally vigorous (you can ask for a soft or medium massage if required) where the therapists use hands, feet, and even elbows to work on pressure points, elongate muscles, and improve circulation, is known the world over.
In the evening you will be treated to a traditional Thai banquet meal where you will experience the many delightful types of Thai food. After dinner we will then go to a rooftop bar before experiencing Bangkok’s world-renowned Gogo bars in Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza.
The day starts on the MRT (subway/underground) to Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. Tour the grounds and see the famous Buddha statue of Wat Pho, the temple of Wat Arun, and other historical landmarks. Lunch is at a riverside restaurant on the Chao Phraya River before taking a boat ride to see Bangkok from the river before arriving at Saphan Taksin.
In the early evening we visit Patpong – the first red-light district of Bangkok which was made famous by American soldiers who were on R&R during the Vietnam War. On the agenda is more delicious Thai food, the Patpong Museum which gives you a full insight into the origins of how the area was transformed from a banana plantation into the most well-known red-light district in the world and a visit to some local bars.
Today we visit Chinatown, exploring side streets, alleys, and stall holders. Bartering is a MUST with stall holders, and you will find many bargains. Lunch will be Chinese Dim Sum feast. In the afternoon enjoy some free time exploring Chinatown some more or relax by the hotel pool with a refreshing drink or two.
In the evening we journey to Chris Parker’s 2nd most favourite thing to do in Bangkok, Rot Fai (Train) Market located at Srinakarin. Immerse yourself in this vibrant array of colour, smells, sounds and Thai culture. The market is full of shops, Thai food from the North, Northeast and South (all different in their smells, taste and level of chilli) and bars.
An early start with a walk around the streets of Sukhumvit observing Bangkok as it wakes up. Monks will be in the streets, vendors preparing for the day’s trade and office workers grabbing breakfast on the street. We return to relax with a late breakfast before our afternoon adventures.
When were you last on a bicycle? Well, today you will be doing a (leisurely) bike ride around the historic Portuguese area of Bangkok. The area (Krung Thonburi) was the first sight of the capital city when it moved from Ayutthaya until it was moved by the Royal Family to its present site.
In the evening we will enjoy a Farewell Dinner with special guests. After dinner we will then adjourn to a rooftop bar for some farewell drinks and reflect on your Bangkok journey which no doubt you have shared with new friends, some of which may be lifelong.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. For those of you leaving us to go home, you will be transferred to Suvarnabhumi International Airport. We’d like to thank you for choosing us and hope that you enjoyed the tour.
If you are continuing to another RW4UTours module, you will be transferred to Suvarnabhumi Domestic Airport or Don Muang Domestic Airport (depending on the carrier being used) and continue the journey with us to either Phuket or Chiang Mai.
BANGKOK ACCOMMODATIONBangkok is the spiritual home of RW4U and as a result we know the best places to stay to enjoy great comfort, service, amenity and a prime location to access all the fun stuff we describe in the itinerary above. This is why we chose our accommodation to be at the Movenpick Hotel in Sukhumvit Soi 15.
- Solo Traveller Match is when we match you with a person of similar age and gender to share a room. RW4UTours are experienced at matching guests together and this is a great option for participants who want to take advantage of the twin share price but are travelling alone.
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- For all tours starting after 1st June 2023 you are able to reserve a place on these tours by paying a deposit of USD300 (via credit card) when completing your booking.
- For all tours starting after 1st June 2023 balance payments are due 30 days prior to the start date of your selected tour.
- Note that all tours have a maximum of 20 persons and spaces fill fast.
2023 Tour Dates
- Monday 6th March to Monday 13th March
- Sunday 23rd April – Sunday 30th April
- Wednesday 24th May – Wednesday 31st May
- Saturday 17th June – Saturday 24th June
- Sunday 20th August – Sunday 27th August
- Monday 17th September – Monday 24th September
- Wednesday 25th October – Wednesday 1st November
- Friday 1st December – Friday 8th December