Bangkok’s old town may be tourist central, but there’s way more than just bad pad Thai to be found — that is, if you know where to look. That’s because hidden among the overpriced restaurants and mediocre food carts are secret gems that locals love, and many of these spots have been around for decades — since way before backpackers started gathering on Khao San Road.
Let us take you on the ultimate local tour that’ll make all your foodie dreams come too. This private Bangkok food tour will lead you to some of the best hidden restaurants and street food stalls in the city’s Bang Lamphu and Ban Phan Thom districts. Our local, food-obsessed guides will share with you their handpicked all-time favourite places. We’ll introduce you to the places that only locals know about, tucked down back alleys, in quiet corners, and even hiding in plain sight, invisible to most tourists who walk past!
Every tour is a little different as each guide has their own preferences, but if you are looking for something in particular that you want to taste, then be sure to let your guide know and they will try to find something amazing for you along the route. The time of the day can also determine what is (or isn’t) available, but we can easily take you out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
You could learn where to get the cheapest green curry in Bangkok, or where to find an ancient Thai dessert that’s rarely seen on restaurant menus (and that even some locals have never tasted!). Or you could meet the family that has been making roti for over half a century, or a woman who quit her job at a 5-star hotel to run a curry shop down a back alley. If you’re feeling brave, maybe take a bite of a century egg (we swear it tastes better than it looks!) or try the authentic Isan-style version of papaya salad with fermented fish sauce. Or maybe even sample a soup made with Kariang peppers — some of the hottest peppers you’ll find in Thailand.
Some of our guides’ favourites that might be on your tour include:
- Breakfast at a food cart that makes a unique seaweed congee
- Mixed fruit salad from the best tom pollamai stall in town
- Southern-style curries from a beloved restaurant hidden in an alleyway
- A taste of kanom jeen (fermented noodles that you’ll never find in a tourist restaurant)
- Pork noodle soup made with some of the spiciest peppers in Thailand
- The best tom yum in Bangkok from a tiny restaurant that’s always packed with locals
- Isan-style northern dishes like papaya salad and mushroom soup
- Thai-Muslim dishes like oxtail soup and curry, from a hidden restaurant that’s been on Thai television
- Dessert of roti sai mai (roti with spun sugar) from a 60-year-old shop hidden in plain view
Note that this tour changes daily depending on what shops are open and what culinary stories your guide will tell — but no matter what, you’ll walk away from the day stuffed with delicious Thai food!
Note: This tour is priced for a minimum group size of two travellers. A solo traveller may still book this private experience but will be charged the base rate for two travellers.
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide, snacks and/or light meal at each food stall or restaurant on the tour. Note that the stalls and snack options will vary from tour to tour depending on the time of day and each guide's individual recommendations.
Exclusions: Additional food and drinks, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Dress standard: Bangkok can be extremely hot, so please wear lightweight, cool clothing.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Additional Information: While walking through the markets or street stalls, please do not step over any food that is put on the floor, as this is a cultural no-no.
Closure of sites: With so many stalls to choose one, don’t worry — if one we plan to visit is closed, we can easily find another one that’s just as delicious!
Child Policy: Please note that strollers and baby carriages are not recommended and will be very difficult to use on this tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children under age 6 are not permitted on this tour.