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 but otherwise it is a nice easy ride.
Of course, water, soft drinks and snacks are all included all day and SpiceRoads supplies a mountain 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 as it is 1.5 kilometre to Flow House. For a meeting point map - click here.
We will meet there at 12:45 and depart at 13:00.and finish at the same point approx at 16:30. There is no vehicle support on this ride.
Pick up from and drop off at Bangkok hotels by minivan is available upon request for a fee
|Tour Cost||THB 1100||Bike Hire||A quality mountain bike and helmet are included in the tour price. Child bikes are also available.|
|Total Cycling Distance||25 km||Tour Grade||out of 5|
|Number of Days||Half day||Tour Meets||Flow House at A-Square on Sukhumvit Soi 26. Closest BTS is Phromphong.|
|Tour Ends||Around 16:30 at meeting point.||Group Size||Minimum 2. Maximum 16.|
|Minimum age on scheduled departures||No minimum age||Child Price||Ages 12-17 = 825THB, Ages 5-11 - 550THB, Under 5 = free|
Guaranteed departures everyday with a minimum group of 2 adults.
Private tours depart every day.
Child Prices: Ages 12-17 = 825THB, Ages 5-11 - 550THB, Under 5 = free
The trip was very enjoyable for a short tour of the Bangkok Jungle and floating gardens. The guide was friendly and helpful. The scenery was great and a nice ride even though we were told it was the hottest day of the year. If you have the time, I definitely recommend taking the ride.
Randall A. - April 2013
I appreciate the tour and I already recommended it to some friends.
Dr. Philippe Giraud - May 2013
I really enjoyed my afternoon ride around Bangkachao. The guide shared information about the area along the way and answered my questions too.
I loved resting and cooling down in the shade by the lake in the park and feeding the fish.
Overall, it was a great tour and a terrific guide. I have already recommended it to my friends who have recently moved to Bangkok.
Fiona Menichelli - April 2013
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour; it provided a view of Bangkok that is not always visible to the tourist.
Nonie Carr - April 2013
The tour is a perfect way to see a slice of Bangkok. This is my second time on the same tour. My friends were amazed by the countryside, just as I had been last year. Thank you!
Kate Hoole - March 2013
Excellent tour. Saw parts of Bangkok I would never have seen before. Weh, our guide was wonderful, pleasant, and knowledgable. Keep up the good work. Tom
Tom Johnson - February 2013
The tour was more than I expected, it was great to bike in the area located on the other side of the Chao Phraya.
Ralf Lofstrom - January 2013
Nee, our Tour Gude for the Bangkok Jungle Trip was first class and provided us with a lot of interesting information. The afternoon ride was easy paced and very enjoyable. When we return to Thailand (or another country) a Spice Roads cycle tour will be on the top of our agenda - next time we intend to look a couple of days tour. Thanks very much.
John & Suzanne Hicks - November 2012