Taste of Thailand’s Urban Odyssey Tour
On our last trip to Bangkok, we went on a few foodie tours to experience authentic Thai and Chinese food like the locals eat. One of the tours we took was Taste of Thailand’s Urban Odyssey Tuk-Tuk Tour and we were not disappointed. We went with our American friends that live and work in Bangkok. They hadn’t been on this tour yet and wanted to try it out.
We zipped through the historic streets of Old City Bangkok known as the “Rattanakosin” area in our private tuk-tuk. “Rattanakosin” is where most of Bangkok’s must-see sights can be found, including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha).
Along the way, we were able to see historic landmarks and temples as we watched the hustle and bustle of the city around us. All of Taste of Thailand’s tour guides are local experts on the city and give you detailed information on the history of the city, each restaurant, and food stall, as well as the history behind each of the delicious dishes throughout the tour. Our tour guide, Katy, was wonderful and answered all of our questions and made sure all of our needs were met.
First Stop – Congee
Our first destination we tried congee which is a rice soup. It was delicious! The rice is cooked until it breaks down to the consistency of porridge. It can be prepared with or without meat (ours was prepared with meat) and a raw egg is stirred in and it is served with scallions and soy sauce. We were told that this dish is typically served at breakfast but can be eaten at any meal.
I love getting a taste of the local area and most if not all of the local Thai and Chinese restaurants and food stalls in Bangkok use only fresh vegetables and herbs.
Bangkok’s Flower Market
The Tuk-Tuk Urban Odyssey tour includes a walk through Bangkok’s Flower Market which is the largest flower market in Bangkok. Local species range from chrysanthemum, gerbera, jasmine orchids, lilies, and roses.
Saving the Best for Last – Thipsamai – Voted Bangkok’s Best Pad Thai
Thipsami has been voted the #1 restaurant in Bangkok for Pad Thai and for good reason. Thipsamai’s ‘original’ Pad Thai is cooked on a flaming hot charcoal stove, fired with wood from local mangrove trees. It is based on a family recipe handed down generation after generation. Thipsamai has been featured on BBC, CNN, and National Geographic, as well as in Reuters, Time, and The Guardian.
The Tuk-Tuk Urban Odyssey tour stops at four restaurants and all restaurants providing generous servings. Each tour can accommodate 1-15 persons. Children under five are not allowed for safety reasons. The tour takes place rain or shine. You can bring an umbrella just in case it rains. But, it is more adventurous to go without one!
Pro-tip: Make sure to come hungry because the portions are generous!
Taste of Thailand has several other tour option in Bangkok and are they have tour offices throughout Asia.
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A community-led effort to serve Thai culture through its rich cuisine and exotic foods. Our passion is discovering culinary gems in the sprawling metropolis of Bangkok and our mission is to share them with you, dishing up culture, tradition, and people behind the savory treats along the way. From royal cuisine to street vendors, we share authentic neighborhood tastes and experiences – so that you have the knowledge to explore and eat with confidence, or as we like to say, like a local. Come off the beaten for a tasty, behind the scenes adventure through the smells, aromas and spices local neighborhoods have to offer. We guarantee to awaken your senses and tickle your taste buds! Taste of Thailand Food Tours is a community-led social venture supporting local businesses and the community in which we work.
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