Bangkok Exploration Full Day Cycling Tour (-/L/-)
Our friendly local guide will meet up with you at the hotel’s lobby at 08:00am. Then, he/she will brief you through the route you will take for cycling today. Remember to bring camera, sunglasses, sunscreen and comfortable cycling clothes. After the briefing is done, you will start with a ride out on the back alleys of Bangkok. Then get on a ferry to cross to the river to the Rattanakosin Island. Here along the banks of the Chao Phraya River is where Bangkok first began. Stop at the first Christian community of Santa Cruz to visit the descendants of the early Portuguese traders who have been making a Portuguese cupcake for over 5 generations. Then pedal to the neighboring Chinese Thai temple of Wat Kalayanamit and the site of Bangkok's first Chinatown. Wat Kalyanamit houses Bangkok's largest Buddhist image. Here you will stop briefly to see a shrine devoted to the first king of Bangkok, Taksin. The Chapel of Wat Hongrattanaram is the largest in Thonburi and according to some the most beautiful in Bangkok. Cycle back lanes and skirting along small tree lined canals you will arrive at an old wooden market with a historic community temple. Centuries ago trading communities formed along the canals on the outskirts of Bangkok to buy the goods coming to market from the outlying farms and orchards. The former wealth of these trading communities can be seen in the elegant architecture of the temples they left behind.
Enjoy a simple tasty Thai lunch in a local eatery by the canal in the grounds of the community temple. Then visit the local market and local artist’s house. A group of Artists have taken up residence in a 200 year old traditional wooden house a the bank of Bang Luang Canal. Inside the Artist's House is an art gallery and gift shop. But most interesting of all is the performance of snippets from ancient epics by Hoon Lek puppeteers. Combining traditional Khon dance makes for probably the most unique form of puppetry you may ever see. There is a performance almost every day, except when the puppet troupe is away. The modern inhabitants of the old wooden trading houses these days sell artwork and vintage crafts as well as fish food for your to feed the abundant fish in the canal. Stowing the bikes in the back of a long tail boat you and your guide wend your way down the ancient canals to Chao Phraya River. Sailing up the River of the Kings you will pass the Grand Palace before docking near Khaosan Rd. Disembarking from the boat with your bike for a short distance back to the hotel to finish the tour.
The bike tour usually takes 4 - 5 hours but this is variable by group. Tour ends with a farewell from our local guide and driver at the hotel or you can also book your next trip to visit Pattaya or Vietnam. Thank you for using our services. We look forward to serve you again.