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Review of Chili Paste Thai Food and Culture - Day Tours

Chili Paste Thai Food and Culture - Day Tours
Bangkok, Thailand
+66 85 143 6779
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Ranked #49 of 143 Tours & Activities in Bangkok
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Owner description: Taste the extraordinary Thai food and culture hidden beyond the surface of everyday Bangkok. Interact with local people. Visit little-known but fascinating places. Sample exquisite foods made by humble families. Our exclusively private tours encourage you to move at your own pace while experiencing Bangkok's food and culture in a far more intimate way than group tours allow. We have a strong commitment to social and environmental responsibility, and as avid travelers, we always strive for spontaneity and adventure.
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“Don't hesitate, book now”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

I want to thank Chin for going above and beyond on our day trip to the Amphawa Floating markets. She met us at our hotel at 8:30 am and escorted our group of three to her car for what turned out to be a private tour of the floating markets. She had bottles of water available for us and also fans and umbrellas to help keep us cool and protected from the sun on our day of fun.

Right from the outset we could tell we were in for a fun day. She took us to 3 different markets - the first was a small floating market that altough starting to become touristy still feels authentic. We were paddled through the waters on a long boat and ate at so many food stalls I lost count (pad thai, papaya salad, sticky rice with banana, fresh coconut juice, dumplings and more). Here we had the opportunity to see coconut sugar being made and a local hotel owner showed us proudly around his property.

The second was the train market - although we missed the spectacle of the train going through it, it was still fascinating to see the wet stalls and fruits that were unfamiliar. Chin purchased things that caught our eye and we felt safe eating whatever she recommended/suggested.

The third market was the 'famous' Amphawa floating market and I have to say I much preferred the atmosphere of the small one we had visited first. Amphawa was full of tourists, tacky souvenir filled shops and polluted waterways. We still managed to eat more, drink more and find room for icecream again.

Somehow time got away from us but on our way back to Bangkok we still made time to stop off at a temple to see a golden reclining buddha and have our 'fortunes' told. Chin happily took photos of us throughout the day and promptly emailed them to us on conclusion of our day trip together. The trip back to the hotel was somewhat stressful as we had to pick up our bags and get to the airport in time for our international flights home, and traffic was moving at a snail's pace but Chin got us back and even offered to drive us to the airport (although we had too much luggage to fit in her car, the gesture was greatly appreciated).

I think this is the best day trip I have done in a long time - having a guide / business owner who is so passionate about what they do is really inspiring. I wish Chin and her partner all the best with their business - with the effort they put in they certainly deserve to succeed. I only wish we had had more time in Bangkok so that we could have participated in more than one of the tours they have on offer.

Visited March 2013
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Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand
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“If Chili Paste Tours was a Beer, it would probably be the best if you know the Carlsberg Advert”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

This is a personal, unique and insightful tour of the backstreets, theatre, real people and food of Bangkok. I highly recommend this tour. Miss Chen is excellent. Excellent value for money and the best tour in Bangkok. Total authenticity.

Visited January 2013
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Semarang, Indonesia
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“Authentic introduction to Thai cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We did the ´Thonburi food & art walk tour´ during our 3 days visit to Bangkok in January 2013 and had a great time! We’ve seen areas of Bangkok you wouldn´t find on your own or with a standard travel guide. We walked through the historical Thonburi neighborhood, stopped at almost every food stall and tried lots of different Thai specialties. Delicious! We had lunch at a nice riverside restaurant, visited traditional markets, a village of bronze-smiths and we ended our tour in a canal-side artist village... unfortunately we missed the puppets show, but the artist village was nonetheless very worth visiting. It was a day-filling program, but we did it all at a relaxed pace and Chin gave us the impression that it´s all about what we want to see, try and do, which was really nice.
The Chili paste tour is definitely something I recommend to everybody who wants get an authentic insight in Thai cuisine, and who wants to see more than just the typical tourist sights. Next time, we wanna try one of Chin's cooking classes.

Visited January 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“above and beyond our expectations”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

My husband and had a cooking class and homestay on New Years Eve with Chili Paste, and it was incredible. We chose Chili Paste because of the location, a green oasis in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, as well as a focus on local and organic ingredients for the cooking class. We were collected from our hotel the morning of our homestay and driven to the 110 year old teak house where gigantic bowls of exotic fruits, a chilled bale fruit drink, and sliced mango with sweet sticky rice awaited. The cooking class was excellent, flavorful, and spicy! After the class we took a trip to the owners favorite local markets where we stuffed ourselves at just about every vendor stall, bought palm sugars, curries, butter cakes and more - yum! Our room was large and pretty, with fresh flowers and more bowls of fruit for our enjoyment. Banana trees hung within arms reach of the dining table, and tamarind trees shaded the front entrance. A lovely introduction to Thailand, the locals, and flavors of the city. We cannot recommend this company enough! Thank you Chin & Dave, we loved every minute of our stay with you!

Visited December 2012
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“Charming tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We've been to BKK a few times before and was looking for something off-the-beaten-path. It was a pleasure to have discovered Chin and Dave on Tripadvisor. We went to the weekend food market and artist village tour. We saw very few foreign tourists along the way. Chin and Dave are laid-back, flexible, and charming. The tour felt like being shown around parts of town by a couple of local friends instead of being on a commercial organized tour.

Visited December 2012
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