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 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 1,200 (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)
I took the Bangkok Jungle tour with my 7 yo son and my husband last Sunday (1st Feb) and the Saturday before that (24th Jan) with my son only, we all had a great time. The guide was excellent. I would definitely recommend it and I will certainly do it again with friends coming to visit us.
Catherine Routault - February 2015
Great bike trip to the "Bangkok Jungle", well organised and enjoyable ride.
Andrea Chaplin - February 2015
Cycling in Bangkok was such a nice experience. Cycling, crossing the river, meeting so nice people, very good guides, all in all super-recommendable!
Claudio Montefusco - February 2015
Very enjoyable ride with excellent guide. Good distance and nice easy pace. We have just booked another Spice Roads tour in Cambodia and will recommend to our friends.
Terry Clemson - January 2015
We enjoyed our guide and the helpers. Felt very safe and well taken care of. We will look forward to another tour. I will be happy to recommend this company to others.
Pam Meer - January 2015
Had a terrific experience. We could have never seen bangkrajao the way we saw it with your tour.
Our 2 yr old son also had a great time which was a bonus. Guide was real good. Not over friendly yet caring, knowledgeable and concerned about our safety. Thank you!
Megha Jindal - December 2014
As advertised we visited a gem of a location within 5 miles of Bangkok center. Very enjoyable tour easily accessible from the center of town.
Perfect selection of an area to explore.
Dean Richards - December 2014
I would just like to say that me and my partner really enjoyed the Bangkok Jungle tour.
The guide (Boro) was amazing and his local knowledge made the day really exciting. He was very enthusiastic about making our day something to remember.
Boro gave us some local food to try which was very yum. The service was great and it couldn't have been a better day, Boro turned a good day into a great day. THANKS!!!
Stefan & Chelsie - October 2014