Although cycling through Bangkok may not be the first thing that springs to your mind, this half-day relaxing bicycle experience, will give you a brand new perspective on the city that you never knew even existed.
What to Expect
In the early morning (or afternoon), you will be picked up from your hotel in Bangkok and transferred you the meeting point where comfortable bikes await your presence.
Before you head into parts of Bangkok which you never knew existed, a proper fitting of your means of transport for the coming 5 hours is required. Equipped with helmet and a good spirit, head off through small alleys, backyards and local communities. Part of the morning will be primarily dominated with the modern side of the Thai capital; ranging from town houses to stand-alone apartment complexes.
The first stop will be at one of the hidden communities among all this modern development; although designated as a slum, the people here call it home for many years and thrive on local trading and working at one of the nearby factories. Friendly, polite and with child or two that is looking for a ‘high five’, it is a fabulous experience to almost cycle through their homes and receive a warm welcome.
One of the highlights (closed on school and public holidays) will be a stop at the community kindergarten. Those with little means to send their children off to schools outside the community receive education here while the partners are off to work. It is an example that life is not as easy for everybody and thus, support in donations is frequently done here to ensure that also these children receive the education they need.
Before you reach the local boat pier, stop at a sweatshop to move into the green part of the city. After a quick refreshing drink, board the awaiting long-tail boat and cross the mighty Chao Phraya River to reach the Jungle of Bangkok. This is the greenest area of Bangkok and elevated concrete paths will be your guidance through the lush vegetation, local stilted homes where the residents thrive from working on coconut palm plantations and the cultivation of bananas. En route, stop for a small, typical Thai lunch (Thai-style noodles or fried rice).
Before you reach the ferry boat to head back to the other side of Bangkok, make a stop at a very old, non-touristic Buddhist temple. An explanation about Buddhism and the way the Thai nation lives and embraces this religion / way of life will be explained. Unfortunately you will have to catch the boat to head back to the starting point. From the boat jetty to the office, pass a local Muay Thai open-air training school. Thai Boxing is the national sport of the country and with its origins dating back more than hundreds of years, it is an additional added-value to an already experience one would cherish for the rest of your life.
After 5 hours, reach the starting point of the tour where your driver will bring you back to your hotel in comfort.
- Transfer to and from your Bangkok CBD Hotel
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Use of bicycle and helmet
- All entrance fees, where applicable
- Professional English-speaking guide during the tour
- 2 Long-tail boat trips
- Snacks, light lunch and water / soft drink during the tour
- All taxes and service fees
What's Not Included
- Hotel accommodation in Bangkok CBD District
- Tips and gratuities
Know Before You Go
• The visit to the school may not be available during school and public holidays
• The trip is relaxing and is conducted at a slow pace
• Transfer service will be with a driver only
• Let the supplier know if you have dietary requirements. They will do their best to accommodate these