Thonburi Experience


  • Visit Thonburi on the other side of the Bangkok river on a long-tailed boat
  • Visit an artistic village and the temple of the king of Thonburi
  • Walk through Talat Phlu and taste typical dishes of Bangkok
£27 pp
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What you'll do

Explore a vibrant, canal-side part of Bangkok and meet the communities that live on them, and enjoy the slower pace of traditional life.

Board a long-tailed boat and head down the Chao Phraya river and canals (khlongs) of Thonburi, the original site where Bangkok was founded before King Rama moved the capital across the river. Thonburi is the otherside of the Bangkok river that will give you a glimpse of a slower local pace of life.  A traditional long-tailed boat will take you to Bangkok Yai canal where you’ll stop by the Klong Bang Luang community, an artistic village, which preserves the memories of the past and their traditional way of life.

One of the places that we will stop at is the Baan Silapin (The House of Artist). This is a traditional Thai house that has been converted into a public space to preserve art and traditional performance styles such as puppetry.

Next, you’ll visit the temple of King Taksin, King of Thonburi, where you will learn about Thailand’s old capital. You’ll then get a chance to meander through Talat Phlu, an old community of Thai-Chinese people with the streets filled with food vendors.  Your local guide will help you select the best snacks according to your preference.

The day ends with a Rod Krapong experience – the most popular local transportation used, to return to the BTS Skytrain Station.

This tours starts at either 9am or 1pm, depending on your preference.


What's included


  • Transportation fee, including a long-tailed boat and Rod Krapong
  • English speaking guide
  • Drinking water and snacks
  • Entrance fee and activity as mentioned
  • Travel insurance
Your local host

Thanawut Supangkaratana

I’m from Bangkok and have lived here my entire life. I started my career straight after completing my degree, which was in hospitality and tourism, and began working as a tour guide in Bangkok and did so for 10 years. During this time, I travelled through the whole of Thailand and South East Asia, as well as, a lot of the rest of Asia. Around four years ago, I decided to set up on my own and began finding the best, most authentic experiences that nobody else was offering. Growing up, I always had a keen interest in discovering and exploring new places, so this is where my passion to work in travel came from.

I was working as a tour guide and when I spoke to travellers and asked them where they were going, I’d only ever hear the same places mentioned. So I decided to change that. There was SO many untouched place people weren’t going to in Thailand so I wanted to show people there are loads more to this country. The experiences I find are not only authentic and aren’t being done by other tour companies, but they are also fully ethical and sustainable. We make sure the experiences support the communities to make a positive impact on the environment, education, economy, and society. We truly care to preserve the way of Thai lifestyle and help communities stand up for sustainable living.

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Meet your guide at BTS Saphan Taksin Skytrain station, exit number 1 around the ticket counter.

Start times are 9am or 1pm; please let us know what is best for you when booking in the comment section.

The Thonburi Experience with Not in the Guide Books, was INCREDIBLE!!! Tammy our guide was truly exceptional and honestly, it was the best day by far!!! She really looked after us, especially when my daughter got really hot and didn’t like any of the street food! Cannot praise her enough! The Artists House was ace!!!

Emma W


What should I wear on the tour?

Please dress up modestly suitable for temple visiting and boat hopping (avoid see-through, vests, sleeveless shirts, mini skirt/shorts).

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