Taking a cycling tour of Bangkok is the perfect way to see the city in style while getting fit and making new friends at the same time. A number of local companies offer special cycling tours that cover various sections of the city. These companies provide everything that cyclists need to make the trip memorable, including a top of the range bicycle, a local guide and snacks.
Jungle Cycling tour
Explore the natural side of Bangkok with the jungle cycling tour. This route runs through the Bang Kra Jao area on the other side of the Chao Phraya River from Sukhumvit and has been untouched by developers. The route takes cyclists alongside a maze of waterways and through lush vegetation to discover tiny villages, traditional temples and tropical jungle. The route runs for around 25 kilometres and is sure to get the adrenaline pumping.
Taking a sunset cycle is the perfect way to beat the heat of the day. This special tour lasts for around four hours and takes cyclists past some of Bangkok’s most famous attractions such as the Golden Mount, Wat Po and the Grand Palace.
Chinatown by Bike
Chinatown is one of the most vibrant areas of Bangkok and exploring it by bicycle is an exciting experience. Virtually all areas of Chinatown are flat, which makes this tour suitable for people of all ages, and this is a great way for families to bond. After cycling past many of Chinatown’s temples and other famous attractions, the tour then crosses the Chao Phraya River to explore a more tranquil section of the city. Among the many highlights on this gentle ride are Wat Arun, the Princess Mother Memorial Park, and the impressive Santa Cruz church.
Cycling through the countryside is an enchanting experience and the Bangkok countryside tour reveals a side of the city that even expats may be unfamiliar with. This route covers the suburb of Minburi and winds its way past rice fields, canals and green tropical landscapes. Cyclists will have the chance to visit the striking temple of Phurt Udom Pol before making their way on to the Kamalulislam mosque followed by a trip to the vibrant market town of Nong Chok. The route covers around 40 kilometres and is gentle, which means that people of all fitness levels can take part.
Bangkok’s Old Town
Take a trip back in time when you follow the cycling tour through Bangkok’s Old Town. This section of the city boasts a number of traditional houses that line narrow lanes, while cyclists will also have the chance to see landmarks such as The Royal Plaza and the Grand Palace. After cycling across the mighty Rama 8 Bridge, cyclists will be able to explore the Thonburi district of Bangkok, where there are plenty of places to pause for refreshment and to soak up views of the Chao Phraya River and the adjoining canal network.
Of course, you can also explore Bangkok independently by bike if you wish. Just make sure that you choose a route that is away from the main roads and take along a map and plenty of water.