After arriving in Bangkok earlier that day, I thought the best way to get acquainted with the city would be to start with a tuk tuk tour. I stumbled across the Bangkok night time tuk tuk tour ran by Expique and it was exactly what I was hoping for. We met our adorable guide, Nemo, at Krung Thonburi BTS station. She gave us a quick overview of what to expect on the tour, a map of where we were going and then escorted us and the 3 other couples to our neon lit tuk tuks for the night. Riding in them throughout the city felt like real-life Mario Kart!
Khlong San Market
Our first stop was Khlong San Market. We sampled various Thai snacks (dumplins with peanut sauce, fried wontons & Thai pancakes) and walked through the market. I found it interesting how many stalls were selling colored contact lenses and skin bleaching cream. Our guide told us that the lighter your skin is in Thailand, the better. Whiter skin symbolizes more money which also equals less manual labor. And unique features such as blue and green eyes also make you more desirable.
This cat had the right idea. It was HOT and humid! Basically like being home in Atlanta.
We then hopped back in our tuk tuks and drove to Wat Prayoon and stopped along the Chao Phraya River for more snacks! This time we enjoyed cakes with a sweet green icing which we learned was made from Pandan leaves.
Before dinner, we learned the history of the 9 Thai Kings of the Rattanakosin Kingdom (established in 1782) as well as how to say the Thai name for Bangkok. It is the longest name for a capital city in the world and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records. This is the full, ceremonial name of Thailand’s capital:
“Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.”
I think I’ll stick with “Bangkok”.
Thip Samai – Pad Thai
Dinner was at Thip Samai which is known for having some of the best Pad Thai in Bangkok. Since we were part of Night Lights tour, we were immediately seated and skipped the queue. And the Pad Thai was fabulous.
Following dinner, our tuk tuks drove us to Wat Pho, home of the famous reclining Buddha. I was not expecting the complex to be open at night so this was quite the surprise. And to make things even better, there was practically no one else there! Though the temple of the Reclining Buddha is closed at night, it is still an experience to walk through the complex. And great for photography as well.
Pak Klong Talad
Our trusty tuk tuk drivers picked us up again and this time our destination was the Bangkok Flower Market (Pak Klong Talad). It’s the largest wholesale flower market in Bangkok and it’s open 24/7 though the best time to visit is apparently between 3:00 & 4:00am when deliveries are made. Locals come here to purchase flowers for wedding, religious ceremonies & spirit houses.
Last stop of the night was China Town and a bowl of sticky rice with mangos. YUM!
Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour
Following the tour, our guide was kind enough to walk us to the nearest metro station and give us directions home. Seeing the sites of Bangkok under the night lights was the perfect way to start our honeymoon trip! We highly recommend Expique and their Bangkok night time tuk tuk tour.
If you would like to see the rest of our month-long honeymoon itinerary through Thailand, Australia & New Zealand, click here.
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