Bangkok may have cars and trains now, with the latter as the most favored mode of transportation around the city, but nothing beats the tuktuk when it comes to experience. So for my first trip to Bangkok, I knew that I just can’t miss the opportunity to ride this three-wheeled taxi that can take you just about anywhere. During my research, I stumbled upon Expique, a local tour company in Bangkok that aims to provide travelers with a unique experience while visiting Thailand’s capital city. Expique is a shortened term for ‘experience unique,’ and one perfect example is the very popular Bangkok Night Lights Tour.
The Bangkok Night Lights Tour is exactly what it says – a tour that happens at night when all the lights give the city a different vibe. What even makes this tour exciting are the tuktuks with transparent roofs that will take you around various tourist spots. Some might find them noisy and a bit hot, not to mention being too exposed to pollution. Expique’s route for the tour has been designed to avoid the traffic that has been quite synonymous with Bangkok, and since it happens at night, the temperature is cooler than in the morning.
The tour starts in the Krung Thonburi BTS station, where guests will be briefed by the lively guides and then introduced to their designated tuktuk drivers. You will also be given this tiny brochure that contains a rough map of your route and some basic Thai terms that will come in handy during your trip.
For every stop, guests will have the chance to walk around and learn more about Thai culture and lifestyle as narrated by the guide. Even if this is more of a cultural tour, the Bangkok Night Lights Tour is also a chance for tourists to have a taste of Thai traditional food, including the famous pad thai. Just typing that made me crave a little.
Here are some photos during our Bangkok Night Lights Tour last August. It was a good thing that we did not experience any rain, and traffic was quite bearable. There were six of us in the group, which means three tuktuks with two passengers each.
Should you be in Bangkok and want to soak in as much of the city as possible on such a short time, then a tour like this is your best option. You will have food, sightseeing, and new information all in one trip. Best of all, you get the chance to ride a tuktuk without being ripped off, as this is one of the reasons that discourage tourists from riding them.
Note: The Bangkok Night Lights Tour was sponsored by Expique, but the opinions in this review are entirely my own. Special thanks to Simon, Net, and our tuktuk driver who made our tuktuk experience truly memorable.
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