Lost Treasure Bangkok: Old City Tour

One of our most popular routes, Lost Treasure takes you deep into the neighborhoods of charismatic old Bangkok where the culture and history remains strong in both ambience and living styles. We'll take local transportation and walk through beautiful Kudeejeen and Ban Bat communities.

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  • Explore a part of Bangkok where time slows down just enough for you to catch a glimpse of its charismatic past.

    This one day tour takes you to the Ban Bat and Kudeejeen communities, both just 30 minutes away from the city center. Ban Bat (Monk Bowl's Village) is the last remaining community that still produces the revered Buddhist alm bowls. We'll be led by our local partner into the sockets of the community where men and women still tirelessly hand forge and hammer out these traditional and religious bowls that symbolize generosity. You will learn the significance of this lost art in its relation to Thai's religion only from here.

    Later in the day, we visit the Kudeejeen neighborhood by the Chaophraya river best known for old Portugese and Chinese influences from hundreds of years ago. There are Catholic churches, Islamic mosques, Thai, and Chinese temples in the community, making this place a rarity where multiple religions co-exist so harmoniously. Due to the foreign influences, architecture in Kudeejeen is a mix of plain townhouses and ornamental European buildings. Kudeejeen is also known for its tasty Portugese-Thai-Chinese foods like the crispy golden cup snack called "Kra Tong Tong" and the Thai flavored cupcake called "Ka Nom Farang Kudeejeen."

    Trip at a glance

    • Take boat ride on Chaopraya River and stop by flower market
    • Arrive at Ban Bat, Monk Bowl's Village
    • Take local Tuk Tuk across Rama VII bridge to Kudeejeen
    • Have lunch with some nostalgic menu items
    • Make Thai dessert called "Chor Muang" in our workshop
    • Embark on guided tour of Kudeejeen community
    • Conclude with boat ride on river to see other Bangkok neighborhoods

    Useful facts

    INCLUSIONS
    • Yummy lunch box by local partners
    • Refreshing drinks and snacks
    • Activities as listed in itinerary
    • Community leaders are our guides
    • Transfer from listed pick up and drop off point
    • Local transportation including Chaophraya River boat, Tuk-Tuk, and long-tailed boat
    • Translation staff from Local Alike
    • Local Alike Guidebook
    • Travel insurance by Bangkok Insurance with coverage up to 500,000 THB
    EXCLUSIONS
    • Monk Bowl souvenir is available for purchase from locals
    • Food and desserts at Kudeejeen is sold by locals
    • Personal shopping stipend
    • Repeat of any activities
    • Additional meals
    QUICK NOTES
    • Please arrive at the meeting point slightly earlier than 9:00 am
    • Travelers are also free to leave after 3:30 pm at their convenience with their own transportation
    • The guideline itinerary can be subject to change due to weather, accessibility, local happenings, traveler fitness and/or other unpredictable events
    • Local Alike will try our best with the locals to plan suitable replacements if itinerary is changed
    • Please bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and change of clothes if you're afraid of the heat as we will be outdoors
    Meet Pin, our field expert.
    Pin is Local Alike's Chief Explorer responsible for scouting, curating, and designing all of our day tours in Bangkok. She's a world traveler who spent years residing in Brazil and Japan. Pin speaks Thai, English, and Japanese.

    Pick-up and drop-off point

    Saphan Taksin BTS Station

    Take Green line towards Wongwian Yai
  • Guideline Itinerary

    Day 1

    9:00 AM

    Meet up and take Chaophraya boat

    Local Alike staff will be waiting at Exit 1 of Saphan Taksin BTS Station. Look for our Trip Explorers in our signature salmon colored tee.
    9:45 AM

    Begin walking tour

    We hop off the Chaophraya boat and start exploring Old Town Bangkok where a cute flower market awaits with bustling passerbys, aunties selling goods, and local chidren! It's a refreshing way to start the morning with so much energy.
    11:00 AM

    Monk Bowl's Village

    We arrive at Ban Bat and you may immediately feel as if time slowed down a little because of the presence of old stalls decorated by vintage signage and the obvious lack of modern shops. King Rama I established a series of villages to produce this craft in the 18th century. And Ban Bat is the last remaining community that still produces the delicate monk bowls essential to monk's daily alms ceremony.
    12:00 PM

    Take Tuk Tuk to Kudeejeen

    We'll hail a Tuk Tuk or if we're lucky, we might meet Khun Saner, a funny Tuk Tuk driver we met the last time we were there. We head towards Rama VII bridge to cross the Chaophraya river and arrive at Kudeejeen community, a living museum.
    12:15 PM

    Think of Food, Think of Kudeejeen

    Best known for its foreign influences, Kudeejeen locals have infused foreign techniques with local Thai tastes. We will be having lunch with menu items that are simple yet historical.
    12:45 AM

    Dessert Workshop

    Before we begin the walking tour of Kudeejeen, we get together to learn how to make called "Chor Muang" or Flower Dumpling, a snack favored by the Thai royalties. We will be taught by our local friend at Kudeejeen.
    1:30 PM

    Religion, Culture, Architecture, and People Tour

    Our local guide will give us a very insightful introduction to Kudeejeen. Having been recently feature on television, Kudeejeen has a lot of offer through its stories that traces the influx of Portugese immigrants before Bangkok became the capital city. We'll also visit a heritage Thai-Victorian house onced owned by the famous Jantanaparp family. There is much more to the stories of Kudeejeen than we can share with you here!
    2:30 PM

    Cruising through Bangkok by boat

    At the end of the walking tour, we'll hop on a long-tailed boat and cruise through the communities by the water. Bangkok being as big of a metropolitan as it is today, still has a huge population of residents who live by the water in very traditional ways.
    3:15 PM

    Feedback, Conversations, and Farewell

    Once everyone has had their fun and cleaned up, we gather together to speak with our community leader and share our thoughts about the experience. We will conclude the trip at the Bang Wa BTS station.

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