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 1,250 (THB 1,350 Tour after 1 Nov 16)||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 (THB 1,080 Tour after 1 Nov 16)|
Guaranteed departures at 08:30 and at 13:00 everyday.
Child Prices: Under 12 = THB 1,000 (THB 1,080 Tour after 1 Nov 16)
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Very personal way to visit the sites, sounds, and places in and around Bangkok. I would highly recommend the Jungle Tour to anyone who wants to see an authentic temple experience (we saw a monk ceremony), the inside scoop on the places people live within the city, some fresh air, a rush from the raised sidewalks and a super cool off the grid market experience. Borro was a wonderful guide. Thank you for providing such an amazing experience!
Angela Wenninger - March 2016
Was an awesome experience. Very friendly guide. Will definitely do it again!
Divan de Wet - March 2016
Great tour guide with loads of information and great timing for breaks and making the whole experience memorable.
Jacki Bauman - March 2016
I took the Sunset Tour, Ayutthaya tour and Jungle tour. These local tours are an exceptional way to see some of the most interesting aspects of Bangkok
Ronald Bass - March 2016
Boditat was a wonderful guide who personalized our bike tour to fit our interests. We loved trying local snacks and the jungle bike tour was our favorite part of our visit to Bangkok. Highly recommended!!
Claudia Sbuttoni - January 2016
Art (Arty) was a great tour guide and I especially loved the stop and the market where he got us local food to try that we wouldn't have known how to eat!
The Jungle tour is great- we cycled through the slums before getting a boat across the river and getting into the national park (jungle). The local sights, sounds and smells and stories all brilliant.
I miss Thailand already.
Jennifer Robertson - March 2016
Great - and recommendable - experience of biking both in Bangkok (limited) and on Bang Krao Jao, which is so
different (rural!) from Bangkok city, just across the river. Guide: great and knowledgeable!
henning kragh-schwarz - February 2016
Lovely guide and a really interesting and different experience in Bangkok. With Don ahead of me, I felt quite safe and calm even in the worst of the traffic of Bangkok!!
Elizabeth A. Salmon - February 2016