Just across the Chao Phraya River, a short hop from busy Sukhumvit, is an extraordinary place known to the locals as Bang Kra Jao. This amazing wilderness in Bangkok can only be reached by boat as no bridges span this part of the river, and incredibly it has been left untouched by developers.
Crossing the river is like taking a journey back in time. You will find a peaceful place with lush vegetation, a maze of waterways, small villages, temples and real tropical jungle. If it wasn't for Bangkok's skyline, you would never believe you were so close to the city. And, there is no traffic!
What do we see? We ride through the local communities, temples and schools. We continue on to a delightful floating market (open weekends only) and have a snack break at a river pier across from Thailand's naval academy. Next we visit a fascinating temple, built in the Ayutthaya period, that is more than 250 years old. It has a unique roof made of teak wood and windows and shutters are painted in ancient Mon-style, and the grand Buddha image was brought to the site by the Mons. We then cycle on to the relaxing Sri Narkon park and feed the fish in the pavilion that was built for Princess Sirinthorn's visit.
What is the riding like? We ride about 25 kilometres in total. The ride starts on Sukhumvit Road and there is a short section in the city before we cross the river. We then ride along very minor roads, pathways, through alleys, temples, gardens and tropical jungle. There are no hills. Some of the canal paths are elevated and quite narrow and we advise caution on these sections. If you are terrified of heights or otherwise unstable while riding a bike you might want to reconsider before booking this tour. Otherwise, it is a nice and easy ride!
Of course, water, soft drinks and snacks are all included all day and SpiceRoads supplies a city bike and helmet.
We meet outside Flow House in A-Square between Sukhumvit Soi 24 and 26. If taking the BTS you need to get off at Phromphong, use exit 4 and walk straight to Sukhumvit Soi 26. Here you can take a motorcycle taxi or a regular taxi to A-Square. We don't recommend walking from the BTS as it is 1.5 kilometre to Flow House. For a meeting point map - click here.
Pick up from and drop off at Bangkok hotels by minivan is available only for private tour. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to arrange a private departure.
Please note: there is no vehicle support on this ride.
Flow House is offering a discount for SpiceRoads riders for the FlowRider wave machine. Inquire at the information desk to receive your discount.
|Tour Cost||THB 1,200 (THB 1,250 after 31 Oct, 2015)||Bike Hire||A city bike and helmet are included in the tour price. Child bikes are also available.|
|Total Cycling Distance||25 kilometres||Tour Grade||out of 5|
|Number of Days||Half day||Tour Meets||08:15 for a 08:30 departure and 12:45 for a 13:00 departure, at Flow House at A-Square on Sukhumvit Soi 26. Closest BTS is Phromphong.|
|Tour Ends||Around 11:30 for the morning tour and 16:30 for the afternoon tour at meeting point.||Countries Visited||Thailand|
|Group Size||Minimum 1. Maximum 16.||Minimum age on scheduled departures||No minimum age|
|Child Price||Under 12 = THB 960 (THB 1,000 after 31 Oct, 2015)|
Guaranteed departures at 08:30 and at 13:00 everyday.
Child Prices: Under 12 = THB 960 (THB 1,000 after 31 Oct, 2015)
If you think you know Bangkok already you should definitely try that amazing ride into a different and silent side side of the city of angels.
Reinhard Neureiter - July 2015
A pretty nice relaxing ride through the country side thru villages. The bicycle guide was very helpful and patient.
Roy Lim - June 2015
Thank you for a lovely morning bike ride through the countryside.
We would highly recommend the Jungle tour for anyone looking to see a very different side to Bangkok. We went in the morning on a public holiday so there was little to no traffic on the roads. But when you get off the ferry there are only motorbikes and dogs! This is a very gentle tour that anyone can do easily - the raised walkways are easy to navigate and there are no hills. Our favorite bits of the tour were the very old temples and the sweet local delicacies that our guide - Boro- bought for us. He was a great guide - very informative and fun.
Anthony Rawlinson - May 2015
Our guide Bora went the extra mile to make everybody feel safe, relaxed and included. My two kids (11 and 13) were initially and understandably a bit hesitant to jump on a bike in Bangkok traffic...in a few minutes of the orientation they were confident, enthusiastic and engaged...they finished 25 kms in the heat of the day without complaint. Thanks for a great tour and we can't wait to book another trip to Bangkok and another family bike tour with SpiceRoads!
Dave Wilton - May 2015
Great tour with the Guide adapting the route to suit the ability of the riders. Lovely place to explore in Bangkok.
Marylou Rainsford - June 2015
excellent experience biking in the countryside. our guide Bett was very mindful of our 10 year old son, he was very helpful and slowed down the pace and catered the tour to our needs. The drinks and snacks were perfect as well.
Maria Victoria Reyes - April 2015
A great way to experience Thailand. Our guide was very knowledgeable and took time to explain all points of interest.
Yo our guide was brilliant.
Richard Dix - March 2015
Bicycling is really the best way to see a country. To experience the raised walkways, the bike paths in the jungle foliage of the island was truly different. Being able to stop and enjoy the views, to photograph a monitor lizard up close, is very different from being on a bus. To get a connection with a new part of the world, being on a bike with a friendly, knowledgeable, funny guide is the best.
Don our guide for both trips is wonderful. We have already recommended him to a friend of ours who is Traveling in Bangkok at this time.
Jeffery Roloff - March 2015