The best budget tours in Bangkok are a great example of how much further your money can go in Bangkok compared to many of the world's megacities. We have selected a variety of some of the best things to do on the cheap. Low prices don't exclude incredible experiences when visiting Thailand's enigmatic capital.

    From morning exploration of markets and temples to visiting Thailand's biggest theme park or the largest and most vibrant floating market, there's a huge amount of experiences to fill your day. While at night, you can take an inexpensive river cruise down the Chao Phraya River or book tickets to see Bangkok's best ladyboy cabaret.


    Chinatown food tasting & walking tour

    This budget tour shows you different sides of Bangkok wrapped up in one exciting day. A Chinese enclave outside of Asia, Bangkok’s Chinatown is a hectic, colorful bustle that has a fascinating historical and cultural background. Dive into the heritage attractions of this lively downtown neighborhood on a walking tour that allows you to try delicious, traditional Chinese treats.

    Following pickup from your Bangkok hotel, meet up with your guide near the iconic Chinatown gate and step into the incense-scented streets. Stop for a tasty bite of hot congee – a favorite breakfast food for Chinese immigrants to Thailand. Your guide leads you to the major, must-see attractions including the architecturally stunning Wat Traimit and glittering Golden Buddha within.


    Damnoen Saduak Floating Market tour

    At Thailand’s largest floating market, you’ll be able to see those classic snapshots of Thai longtail boats lined up side by side, trading all manner of exotic goods. You’ll also get to take a boat tour on one of the many canals through Thailand's picturesque countryside.

    Experience local Thai lifestyle and view the daily bustle at a popular floating market. Begin your day with a hotel pickup, and travel 109 km through the beautiful Samut Songkram Province, and get a glimpse at the timeless lifestyle of the Thais who live along the canals at Damnoen Saduak.


    Chao Phraya River cruise with dinner

    Welcome aboard a 2-hour journey down the Chao Phraya which divides ancient Thailand from the present-day metropolis of Bangkok. As you cruise along, delight in a delicious meal of Thai and international cuisine as an upbeat band plays in the background and you pass by famous landmarks.

    After your shared pickup from your Bangkok hotel, head to the docks where your boat awaits to whisk you down the Chao Phraya River. Whether you choose to enjoy this trip solo, with a loved one, friends, or your family, it is a perfect fit. Gather with the other guests around the buffet and help yourself to whatever catches your eye.


    Chao Phraya backwaters morning excursion

    Explore Bangkok by longtail boat and get a glimpse into the timeless charm of the city. Drift deep into the heart of Bangkok and experience local life with visits to extraordinary places that are truly off the beaten track and only accessible via khlongs (canals). Drift peacefully along the Chao Phraya, Bangkok's main river, with amazing backdrop views of the city's skyline, before making a turn and entering the khlongs.

    This great value Bangkok tour offers glimpses of the past as you sail past local wooden stilt houses with clothes hanging to be dried in the sun, with traditional Thai music emitting from the windows. Keep your eyes open for birds swooping and singing, and a few sunbathing lizards if you're lucky.


    Jim Thompson's House & Suan Pakkard Palace tour

    Visit the house of Jim Thompson, founder of the Thai Silk Company, which has been transformed into a splendid museum full of Southeast Asian art. Upon pickup from your hotel, enjoy a scenic drive to the former house of Jim Thomson and wander through the impressive collection of Thai artwork and cultural artifacts that fill the rooms. Learn from your informative guide about the entrepreneur who founded the Thai Silk Company, and how he revolutionized the workforce of his era.

    Hear the story of Thomson’s mysterious disappearance in Malaysia as you explore the complex in which he used to live, made up of 6 beautiful teak houses. Learn how the handmade silk that earned him his prestige is carefully crafted. Afterwards, tour Suan Pakkard Palace, the former home of Prince Paripatra.


    Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha half-day tour

    Save time and money with this half-day tour to some of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks. Embark on a tour to visit the marvelous Grand Palace and explore its grounds which feature one of the most well-known temples in Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew, or Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Learn about the history behind the Emerald Buddha, and then treat yourself to some shopping at Gems Gallery.

    Get an early start as you are picked up from your hotel in Bangkok. Relax in the air-conditioned motorcoach bus as your driver expertly navigates the bustling streets of the city and takes you to the Grand Palace, once home to the king of Siam and presently used for ceremonies and state functions.


    Calypso Cabaret

    Enjoy the glitz and glamor of one of Bangkok's signature attractions, the Calypso Cabaret Show, and experience the wonderful world of ladyboy cabaret, Thai-style. Be amazed by over 70 transvestite performers in dazzling costumes delighting on stage through song, dance, and tales of romance and adventure.

    Your evening starts with a convenient hotel pickup and a leisurely drive to the venue. Get comfortable in your seat and marvel as the curtains are raised on beautiful transvestite dancers. Take in the visual eye candy, from the detailed costumes to the colorful light show, coordinated perfectly with the music.


    Dream World Theme Park with roundtrip transfer

    Enjoy extreme rides and family-friendly attractions at Dream World Theme Park. With over 38 rides and attractions, 4 exciting live shows, and 3 beautiful landscapes, your fun-filled day is assured at Dream World Bangkok.

    Start your day with a hotel pickup and travel north to Dream World. Choose from a vast array of available rides suitable to your desired level of excitement. If you consider yourself an adrenaline junkie, hop aboard thrilling rides like the Tornado, Sky Coaster, or Raptor. If you prefer something more relaxing, try out the cable car, Indian Boat, or antique car.


    The Green Lung Bangkok jungle cycle tour

    The Green Lung Bangkok feels far removed from the city but is just a protected stretch of land that is enclosed by the meandering river. You will enjoy an afternoon bicycle ride and take in the scenery along paths and walkways, cycle along canals and through the jungle, and pass quaint local villages.

    Take a serene ferry ride across the Chao Phraya River. Once you reach the other side, find yourself in the Bangkok of old – undeveloped wilderness, waterways, and jungle. Here, you continue your guided 25-km cycling experience. Pedal along paths, minor roads, and walkways, taking in the verdant surroundings as you go. You'll also come to a beautiful temple from the Ayutthaya period – its sweeping teak roof and painted window shutters offer a glimpse into the area's rich history.

    Paul Smith | Compulsive Traveler

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