Expique’s Bangkok Night Lights tour is perfect for first-time visitors to Bangkok who want to get to know the city before exploring it on their own, or visitors that want to see as much of Bangkok as possible in a fun, 4 hour tour. The Bangkok Night Lights tour begins at 7pm and finishes between 11pm & 11:30pm. Everyone in our group was asked to meet at a local train station (that was very easy to get to) where we met our guide. We were each assigned a tuk tuk, a driver and were given a copy of the night’s itinerary!
What made this tour so much fun was our method of transportation. You can’t visit Bangkok without taking a ride in a tuk tuk, but as a tourist it’s hard to find a tuk tuk driver that won’t rip you off. We didn’t have to haggle with any drivers because our tour included some very friendly drivers who work for Expique – which made the experience so much fun!
Before I get into the details of the tour, check out the video below to see some behind the scenes action from our night:
Our tour started at the nearby Klong San Market. This market is where locals shop, so it was a much more authentic experience than other markets in Bangkok. We stopped at countless food stalls to sample local cuisine, but my favourite was the coconut pancakes! I loved how even in a chaotic local market our guide Jib was perfectly organized, chauffeuring us from stall to stall and quickly ordering enough samples for all of us to try.
From here we all piled into our tuk tuks and took a short ride to a nearby bridge. We got out for a few minutes to enjoy the views of the river and all of the glowing temples in the distance. From here we visited our first two temples, Wat Prayoon and Loha Prasat. I thought the amount of time we spent at each temple was perfect. About 10 minutes of hearing some comical stories about the history of each temple, and a few minutes to snap more pictures. It was far from boring, with our guide Jib having us all laughing with her hilarious stories.
By now it was time for dinner, so our tuk tuks drove us to a nearby restaurant you may have already heard about called Thip Samai. This wasn’t our first time visiting this restaurant, but that didn’t matter to us. Thip Samai has a reputation for serving the best pad thai in Bangkok, which is proven by the long line-ups outside of the restaurant every night of the week! We were each treated to a plate of pad thai and some of Thip Samai’s legendary orange juice. It was an amazing meal, as always, and I was really impressed that Expique included them in their tour. Just another reason why this tour is so perfect for new visitors to Bangkok!
After an amazing dinner it was time to get back to our Bangkok adventures! Our tuk tuks took us to the Giant Swing where we snapped group pictures as well as pictures of us in the driver’s seat of our tuk tuks! From here we drove to our final temple, the famous Wat Pho. Paul and I had visited Wat Pho earlier that day, but it was so hard to enjoy it because the crowds were insane. Visiting at night we were the only ones there which was pretty amazing! We also drove past the Grand Palace which looked pretty spectacular lit up at night.
As 11pm rolled around we arrived at our final two stops: the Flower Market and Chinatown. The Flower Market is open 24 hours a day and they have the most impressive (and affordable!) selection of flowers I’ve ever seen. We didn’t spend too much time here, just enough to walk through and take pictures. It was pretty fascinating to see how bustling these streets were with locals at 11pm on a Tuesday night!
From the Flower Market we went to Chinatown for dessert. We arrived at a local restaurant where we were served mango sticky rice! This is one of Bangkok’s most famous desserts, so it was fitting that we ended our tour here. Our guide, Jib, still had one more surprise for each of us: a beautiful bouquet of orchids that had been purchased at the Flower Market earlier that day. It was a wonderful surprise and I LOVED how the flowers added a warm touch to our hotel room!
Paul and I agree – Expique’s night tour was one of the funnest nights we’ve had in a long time, and definitely the best night we’ve ever had in Southeast Asia! We loved that in a 4 hour tour we visited the most famous temple, the best pad thai restaurant, sampled Bangkok’s best dessert and so much more. We never would have been able to see so much in such a short time without this tour, which is why we think it’s perfect for anyone who wants to see the best of Bangkok in one night.
To book a tour check out their website, Expique.com.
The team at Kelly Ella Maz were welcomed to Expique as guests, however our opinions remain our own.