It’s no secret that I am a little bit food obsessed. In fact, if I had to identify my passion, it would certainly be food, and I want to spend as much time as I can eating food. This is why I am a bit surprised that during our recent midnight Bangkok Food Tour I was more impressed with seeing Bangkok, Thailand, at night, than eating all of the delicious food.
Okay, I enjoyed the food too on the Bangkok food tour, but, the late night sights really stood out when we were cruising around Bangkok via tuk tuk with Bangkok Food Tours. We have spent a lot of time in Bangkok at night, wandering the streets, searching out fabulous street food, or sitting on a small plastic stool drinking a Chang beer. But, the sites we saw on this midnight tour were something, well, special.
Visiting the Flower Market in Bangkok at Night
In addition to the late night eats, we visited the Bangkok flower market, which we were told is the largest in the world. The sheer quantity of flowers, many of which are used for offerings at the Buddhist temples and spirit houses that are found all over the city, was unbelievable. It was like walking through the most flower filled Bangkok park, but instead was crammed into a handful of alleys in the middle of the city.
The differing colors were amazing too, along with the flower vendors, taking care of their flowers, or even pealing back the layers of lotus flowers to make elaborate displays. We just wandered a few of the alley ways, but I am pretty sure if I returned on my own I would easily get lost in minutes.
After the flower market, we zoomed over on our tuk tuk to see one of the most impressive sights of Bangkok at night. Our guide from Bangkok Food Tours brought us into the Bangkok National Palace.
Exploring the National Palace in Bangkok at Night
We toured the palace and the temples during our first trip to Bangkok back in 2006, and it was packed with throngs of tourists baking in the hot sun. When touring Bangkok at night, though, the temple was deserted. We learned about the history of the temple, the royal family, and Thailand in general, while gazing up at the temples, all lit up beautifully at night. There was an almost eerie quiet to the compound, something you certainly don’t get in most places in Bangkok.
A Rooftop Bar in Bangkok at Night
Our final stop was at a secret roof top bar, which had stunning views of Bangkok at night. Not only did we see the tops of the National Palace on one side of the bar, but on the side where we sipped our Chang beers, we overlooked the famous Chao Phraya river, and the gorgeous Wat Arun, or temple of the dawn, again all lit up at night.
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Where to Stay in Bangkok
Mandarin Oriental, a luxury option, on the Chao Phraya river, and very historic, with rooms from $500 a night. Grab a cocktail at the famous Bamboo Bar and use the hotel river boat for transport (Check out Trip Advisor Reviews here | Book here)
Sofitel So Bangkok, a contemporary option, away from the noise of Sukhumvit, but still centrally located, with rooms from $160 a night. Their rooftop bar offers a view over Bangkok that cannot be found anywhere else. (Check out Trip Advisor Reviews here | Book here)
Pullman G Bangkok, another contemporary value option, again away from the noise of Sukhumvit, with rooms from $115 a night. They offer one of the best burgers in Bangkok downstairs, and a great cocktail bar with views upstairs. (Check out Trip Advisor Reviews here | Book here)[box]
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We received a discount from Bangkok Food Tours to take their Best Eats Midnight Tour by Tuk Tuk, but as always, my view points are my own.
Amber Hoffman, food and travel writer behind With Husband In Tow, is a recovering attorney and professional eater, with a passion for finding new food and drink destinations. She lives with her husband, Eric, in Girona, Catalonia, Spain. Together they have traveled to over 70 countries.