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 upon request for a fee.
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 1,150||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||Ages 5-11 = THB 920|
Guaranteed departures at 08:30 and at 13:00 everyday.
Child Prices: Ages 5-11 = THB 920
This was the second Bangkok Jungle tour I have been on and have enjoyed them both. It is amazing that there is such an oasis in a very busy city. The guides were brilliant both helpful and informative. The bicycles were easy to ride and comfortable. I would recommend Spice Roads to anyone visiting Bangkok who would like to do something a little different.
Jan Clarke - February 2014
I loved the 1/2 day Bangkok jungle tour. Guides were excellent. I went on Thursday, February 6 in the afternoon. Our two guides did a great job of attending to the 8 people in the group.
Bikes were in excellent condition - best out of any Asian day biking trip I've done.
Based on professionalism of guides and organization of tour, I'd consider Spice Roads for a longer trip.
Jill Ruzevick - February 2014
We had an absolutely wonderful day. We loved it and the guide, Bett, was a lovely guy. We really enjoyed his company and he was lovely to chat to.
He had interesting things to say and we would definitely recommend this to our friends travelling to Bangkok. Thank you so much to Bett for a wonderful day. We did our tour on Saturday 11th Jan.
Samantha Caalsen - January 2014
In truth, our ride was amazing and totally exceeded all expectations! Bet was fun, courteous, attentive to safety needs, knowledgeable and willing to share about culture.
The number of breaks, pace, sights, and ease were honestly perfect and we left feeling 100% satisfied with the day and overall experience! Bet is a great, great guide and we would (and have) recommend him and the ride to anyone!
Jennifer Wilson - January 2014
I really enjoyed the ride. Bankachao was really beautiful and interesting.
Holly Padove - December 2013
The ride through the slums was fantastic. We loved everything.
CIndy Spinks - June 2013
This was my second week in a row going on the jungle tour. This time I brought 5 friends with me, some living in BKK some visiting, but all from USA. They really enjoyed the tour.
This half day tour is beautiful and relaxing. I look forward to joining a longer (full day, or overnight Saturday), more challenging tour with SpiceRoads.
Clark - July 2013
The experience was wonderful.
Ryan R. Samia - May 2013