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.
Watch a video of the tour here
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 email@example.com 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 1,250||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 1,000|
Guaranteed departures at 08:30 and at 13:00 everyday.
Child Prices: Under 12 = THB 1,000
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Excellent guide who was very knowledgeable about the Bangkok jungle and took his time showing us the sites. Highly recommended for visitors to Bangkok.
Lee Harrison - October 2015
Amazing value for money - we saw a very real and very beautiful part of Bangkok. Eye opening and inspiring! We will be using Spice Roads again!
Marnie Norton - November 2015
Our guide was great! Super laid back, assessed the skills of the group and then took us on a great ride. Super fun!
Jolynn Mitchell - November 2015
This was a spontaneous booking while we were in Bangkok. Jik was a fantastic tour guide. We were so happy to experience a different side of Bangkok via bicycle and so appreciative to see the "jungle" and communities right outside of Bangkok! We were so lucky to happen upon a "floating market" along our bike route, and had a great time at the park feeding the fish. We absolutely had a blast and would recommend this to anyone looking for a different way to experience Bangkok, away from the frenzy.
Carol Kay Wong - November 2015
Ant is a fantastic guide. His smile is infectious. The "jungle" tour was a nice short respite from congested Bangkok, but if you have a full day, do the Countryside tour - it has a great combination of interesting terrain, culture and great food.
Michael Lieber - November 2015
Fantastic way of discovering other facets of Bangkok, unusual, different, not to be missed. Recommended to all even to people like me that do not do much sport. The bicycle ride was easy, smooth and very pleasant.
Valentini Paola - November 2015
Jik and Mai were excellent guides. One of the most memorable experiences of my time in Thailand.
Anthony Brooks - October 2015
A great trip to do with children - a great way to see a different side of Bangkok at a slower and more relaxed pace - would recommend
Nicholas Found - July 2015