- 4 – 4.5 hour guided walking tour along the backstreets of Yaowarat
- Explore Bangkok's Chinatown and discover real foodie spots
- 17 food and drink tastings
- Learn about the history and ingredients of Thai cuisine
- Refreshing Thai drinks and water along the way
- Fully licensed guide (who’s also a chef)
- Small group size with a maximum of 12 guests
Bangkok Backstreet Food Tasting TourBe prepared for a cultural experience and a taste of local life that’s very different from back home.
Unfortunately, these tours are not suitable for vegetarians.
Why do we love this
This is a great chance to discover Thai cuisine that isn't pad thai! We think the fact the route and tastings have all been hand picked by Chef Nutth is a pretty cool feature! You'll get a taste of Thailand that's traditional, delicious, and very different to back home.
What to Expect
You might want to skip lunch! An evening full of 17 food and drink tastings is going to leave you feeling very full...
Start your foodie adventure at 4:30 pm, just in time to catch the sunset. Join your guide, Chef Nuuth, and get ready to discover through some of the coolest back streets and alleys in Chinatown. Catch a glimpse of traditional Thai life as you peek into homes and temples and munch of Thai snacks as you wander through the winding streets. Stop at a street stall to tuck into pork wontons and chive dumplings or give steamed mussels and deep fried crab rolls a try!
These tours have been designed to capture all 5 taste sensations - sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami - so you really get a taste of everything.
You'll be able to taste some delicious grilled clams with spicy dipping sauce, cured red sausage, crispy pork with Thai dipping sauce and some coconut chicken skewers with satay peanut sauce and ajat cucumber relish. And don't forget a red or green Thai curry from 80-year-old street stall!
As you go, Chef Nutth will teach you about the history of the area, it’s people and their food and will point out and explain the raw produce on sale. Get ready for an insane taste sensation as he leads you from one hidden food gem to another.
And try and leave room for dessert! Your last few tasting will include some mouth watering Thai sweets, like steamed pillow buns stuffed with sweet black sesame paste and of course, fried doughnuts with pandan custard.
This is the foodie adventure of a lifetime!
Each tour starts at 4:30 pm at Yaowarat’s Chinatown Gate and takes approximately 4 to 4.5 hours.
Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on the tour, our minimum group numbers are either 2 or 4. In the unlikely event that the tour doesn’t reach the required guest numbers, we will be in contact to either change your booking to another day or offer a full refund, whichever suits you best.
All our tours are currently run in English worldwide, although of course our guides speak the local language (and will be happy to teach you a bit of the basics if you wish). For whole group tour bookings in other languages we are happy to try and find a local translator if essential. Please book your tour as early as possible in this instance to give us time to make arrangements.
To ensure the best possible service, our tours have a maximum of 12 people, though some are smaller. In some cases, we have more than one guide per tour allowing for a more intimate experience. Our small groups allow us access to the best foodie spots in town, many of which are street vendors or tiny establishments. Should you be travelling in a larger group and all wish to take the tour together then of course we can arrange for you to do so if you let us know before booking. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire.
There is no need to tip each of the stops on your tour. Our guides are well paid and do not solicit tips from guests. However, should you wish to show your appreciation, our guides will be more than happy to receive any extra bonus. This is totally at your discretion and not at all necessary.
Please ensure you arrive promptly for your tour. If you are new to the area and traffic is busy we advise aiming to arrive at the meeting point earlier than the start time on your booking confirmation. To ensure the other guests reach every food spot, our guides will wait up to 15 minutes for late arrivals. Should you be running late, please contact your guide locally on the contact details (telephone, WhatsApp or email) to arrange a meeting point later in the tour. Our guides will do everything in their power to arrange for you to join the trip as soon as possible, but please be aware that there is no refund available for late arrivals or no shows.
Please print off your ticket or download it to your phone and bring it with you. Don’t worry, should this be forgotten, you won’t be penalized, although our guide will need to contact head office to confirm.
Under most circumstances tours will continue to be run even if the weather isn’t quite as perfect as we’d all like it to be on holiday. Most tours feature indoor and undercover dining along the way and your guide may change the tours itinerary slightly to suit such occasions. Please bring an umbrella during rainy season. However, if tours are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, your guide will contact you. If you have any concerns about the weather, you can either contact us at email@example.com or your guide directly on the contact details provided on the ticket.
To ensure that guests have the maximum time eating and exploring we include an easy-to-find meeting point for each tour (instead of spending time picking up each guest from hotels around the city which can take up valuable time). The meeting point is shown on your ticket and directions will be written in the local language to show a taxi driver. Your guide will be waiting at the meeting point holding a sign and wearing A Chef’s Tour t-shirt. Should you have any trouble finding the meeting point, please contact your guide on the details provided on the ticket (telephone, WhatsApp, email).
Although we visit every stop, we cannot guarantee every vendor is available. In the unlikely event a vendor is closed for the evening, an alternative will be found.
Prices for our tours are all based on USD and are subject to change at any time. Once a guest has booked, no additional charges will apply should the cost of the tour change.
Tips, gratuities, items of a personal nature, baggage and personal insurance are not included as part of any tour on A Chef’s Tour. No snacks, drinks or other food items not included in the itinerary will be covered by A Chef’s Tour. We do not guarantee every food item on the inclusions due to closure or unforeseen events. All effort will be made to find a suitable alternative for any items not available.
Guests must arrive promptly before the departure time for any tour booked with A Chef’s Tour. Guides will wait a maximum of 15 minutes for late arrivals before departing. Guides will do their best to arrange an alternative meeting point later in the tour should you be delayed, but this cannot be guaranteed. No refund will be issued for no shows or late arrivals.
Guests are responsible for their own conduct and the actions of their party. A Chef’s Tour and our partners reserve the right to refuse entry or continuation of your tour to anyone who is deemed a danger, nuisance and/or doesn’t comply with local laws or customs, or is offensive in any way towards guides, other guests or the local community. The safety of our partners and their guides are of paramount importance to us.
All guests must be over the age of 18 or accompanied by a legal guardian who is over the age of 18. The legal guardian will be responsible for any and all guests under this age. For tours that offer alcohol, proof of age may be required (e.g. passport or driving license) and will not be offered to anyone under the legal age limit. A Chef's Tour will endeavour to find a suitable alternative substitute, however, this cannot be guaranteed. Many of A Chef's Tour tours are suitable for young children, but please contact us first to discuss before making a booking.
Tours vary in physical ability. They have been designed to be undertaken by most age groups, however, it is your sole responsibility to decide whether you and everyone in your party are physically able to participate in the tour. Check the tour description and FAQs for further details of individual tours.
Cancellation by guests
In the event of cancellation by a guest, fees may apply. If the date of cancellation is outside of 48 hours before departure, a full refund will be given. Within 48 hours of the tour departure and no shows, no refund will be offered. No partial refunds will apply should a guest decide to join a tour late or leave a tour early.
Cancellation by A Chef’s Tour
In the unlikely event of A Chef’s Tour cancelling a departure, we will endeavor to change the booking date to another suitable departure or offer a full refund. Unforeseen circumstances include but are not limited to natural disasters, political instability and acts of terrorism. A Chef’s Tour tour is not liable for any loss of travel insurance, visas, vaccinations, hotel bookings, external tour bookings or air travel as a result of cancellation, either by A Chef’s Tour or the guest.
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