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 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 1,350||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 1,080|
Guaranteed departures at 08:30 and at 13:00 everyday.
Child Prices: Under 12 = THB 1,080
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I want to thank you - 'SpiceRoads' - for a wonderful time & tour with Pakoin on the Bang Kra Jao island - Pakoin provides a fine historical perspective and knowledge about the story of this island, its temples and villages and farms - I could not have asked for a more interesting, informative and fun trip - even the challenge of navigating the virtual one way canal paths through the 'jungle' - especially when there was other traffic. I will strongly recommend this tour for other fellow-travelers. And again, a sincere appreciation and thanks to Pakoin.
Ash Hartwell - November 2016
Saw parts of Bangkok not available to the average traveler. The Bangkok Jungle Tour was a great way to find some green space so close to the city. The tour guides really made the bike ride informative and fun.
Jon Bowlby - September 2016
If you want to experience the city as a local, this will be a good start! Interesting for learning about the history of the city too.
Kati Varela - September 2016
We really enjoyed seeing the Bangkok Jungle. Somewhere we wouldn't have gone otherwise, and we got to see a lot of the culture of Thailand too.
Ibby Thompson - September 2016
A funny way to discover the green part of Bangkok, easy to be done with the whole family.
Eva Van Deun - July 2016
Cycled through the slums of bangkok, transported ourselves and the bicycles across the river to the island, cycled through bangkok's jungle, stopped for really really good snacks, ended the journey with the busy roads of bangkok. oh, and we had fantastic tour guides, artty and tony
Michelle Goh - July 2016
It was a really nice way to see local life outside the big city, and also good exercise. The guide was enthusiastic and it was great fun.
Elaine Kurtenbach - July 2016
Just wanted to send a note to say thank you. I really enjoyed my tour and the guide was very fun to spend time with. All in all it was worth the trouble with the booking. Please convey my thanks to Wew
Elaine Kurtenbach - August 2016