Evening bike tour in Bangkok, Thailand
Immerse yourself into the history and everyday life of the original founding communities of Bangkok. Enjoy a home cooked Thai meal hosted by a Thai family. This trip runs in Bangkok.
This trip starts in the late afternoon finishing in the late evening.
As day slowly turns to dusk and then evening you will be exploring the original settlements from which Bangkok takes it name. Discover how diverse Bangkok was from its beginning. How a new capital welcomed Christians and Muslims to live alongside Buddhists and how the Chinese, Portuguese and Cham helped the Siamese build their nation. Pedaling through small lanes and alleys see how these communities still make up modern Bangkok.
Experience the present life of these communities with all of your senses; the smell of incense, the vibrant hues of stained glass windows, the muslim call to prayer, the touch of cool air as night falls and the flavours of Thai home cooked dinner. Sit around the dinner table with your Thai host in their home and enjoy a home cooked meal Thai style. This tour will also take you to see the evening lights of the Temple of the Dawn, the busy splash of colour at the Flower Market and the serene illumination of the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho.
0.5 day duration
15 km distance
50% of the tour price
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We take you to some of Bangkok's top must see attractions but without the throngs of tourists. Visit the symbol of Bangkok, the Temple of Dawn, the largest flower market in Southeast Asia, Pak Khlong Talad and Bangkok's most famous temple, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho.
Top quality Merida mountain bikes with lights, and a water bottle and helmet are provided.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country.
Dinner is included on this tour and is in fact, a key feature of the tour, so make sure that you come with an appetite! Sit down with a family, in their home, to taste traditional Thai foods that also help to tell the history of the Bangkok.
2 to 6
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. We limit the group size to only 6 travellers, due to the intimate nature of the dinner experience, and so that you get all the attention you want in a small group.
We have a range of kids sized bikes, tag-alongs and child seats so there's no reason to leave the kids at the hotel. And to help families we offer discounts to all children aged 15 years and below: Ages 0 to 4 years - 50% off / Ages 5 to 12 years - 30% off / Ages 13 to 15 years - 10% off
Gather at the Grasshopper Shop
Meet at the Grasshopper Adventures Shop near Khao San Rd at 3:30pm. The tour will depart at 4pm sharp. Please ensure that you have allowed adequate travel time to reach us given the unpredictable nature of Bangkok traffic. After a quick bike fitting and briefing we head out. Staying off the roads we wind our way through small lanes and alleyways, past ancient temples and canals to immerse ourselves into the soul of Bangkok.
Cycle & Ferry to Wat Kalayanamit
Riding through Rattanakosin Island past the Grand Palace, you will cross on a small Chao Phraya River ferry to a mixed Chinese Thai temple of Wat Kalayanamit which houses Bangkok's largest Buddhist image.
Cycle to Santa Cruz Church and the Kudijeen Community
Over 500 hundred years ago the Portuguese settled in Siam bringing Christianity with them. The community surrounding Santa Cruz Church are the descendants of these original Portuguese settlers. You will taste some of the ancient Portuguese desserts still made to this day.
Cycle to Masjid Bang Luang
Arriving close to sunset and the time of evening prayers, you will see this unusual mosque. It is the oldest Mosque in Bangkok and the only mosque built in the style of a Thai temple.
Cycle to Wat Hongrattanaram
Here you will stop briefly to see a shrine devoted to the first king of Bangkok, Taksin. Wat Hongrattanaram is the site of the original Thai community of Bangkok.
Cycle to Wat Arun
At night Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn, is spectacularly lit and free of the throngs of tourists who flock here daily. It was around this site where Bangkok truly began.
Home Cooked Dinner Hosted in a Local Thai Home
Here along the banks of the Chao Phraya River and the historic Bangkok Yai Canal, sit down to a home cooked meal with descendants of the first settlers in Bangkok. The flavours of specially selected Thai dishes will tell you more stories about the humble origins of this great city.
Visit the Flower Market
Crossing back over the Chao Phraya, this time by bridge, we stop at the flower market which is at its busiest at this time of night. The market is a riot of colour. After a walk through the largest flower market in Southeast Asia you will find out what an important role flowers play in the everyday life of Thais.
At our next stop experience the serenity of Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. The highlight here is the four illuminated chedis housing relics from the destroyed capital of Ayutthaya. As few people visit this temple in the late evening, you will feel like this is a private tour just for you.
Return to the Grasshopper Shop
Riding on past the Grand Palace we find ourselves in Sanam Luang which comes to life in the evening with an impromptu market. There's lots of junk and trinkets for sale all laid out on simple mats - a true flea market. From here we finish back at our shop in the Khao San Road area which around this time is just starting to build up for another big night out for the backpackers who stop over here.
The tour usually takes 5 - 6 hours but this is variable by group. Dinner is included in the tour.
What's the Riding Like?
Riding after dark in Bangkok is an adventure. Much of the riding is on narrow laneways and quiet back-streets. Of course there are main roads that we have to cross but this is done together in a organised manner (and Bangkok drivers are very polite!).
The tropical sun can be quite fierce, so we recommend you use some sun block or, if you prefer a natural option, sun sleeves for your arms and Buff headwear for your neck.
Men and Woman need to cover their shoulders to enter temples and mosques. Woman need to cover their knees as well, so If you like to wear shorts when riding, we recommend bringing a sarong to wear for entering a temple or mosque.
Making a Booking
Bookings can be made by clicking the 'Book this tour' button below or at the top of this page.
Full payment is required to confirm your place on this tour.
Bookings will be closed 24 hours in advance of departure as we need to book the dinner with the local host. Please note that if you cancel the tour within 24 hours of the tour starting your payment is not refunded.
Cancellation Policy & Rain
You still need to turn up for the tour if it is raining. It is quite common that it can be raining in one part of the city and not raining in another. So if it's raining at your hotel don't assume it is raining where you will be cycling. Also it is common that the rain falls heavily and for short durations so if it does rain we just wait and continue the tour once the rain stops. We also have plastic rain ponchos for everyone in the case that you do need to ride in the rain. If heavy rains continues until 5:30pm or if there is torrential flooding, you can choose to cancel with full refund or change your tour to another day.
Starting Time & Meeting Point
Grasshopper Adventures Shop
57 Ratchadamnoen Rd
Note: street numbers are not overly useful in Thailand as people work more off landmarks and intersections. The best landmark close to us is Kok Wua Intersection which is about 200m west of our shop. This is also the intersection close to Khao San Rd, which is very well known.
Meeting time: 03:30pm
It is worth printing the map on this page to show a taxi driver if you choose to come to the Grasshopper Shop by taxi. Bear in mind that you will be travelling during peak hour so if travelling from the downtown area you should allow at least one hour to get here.
The most efficient way from downtown to our area is on the Klong Saen Sap Boat. Take the Skytrain to Ratchatewi Station, go out of exit 1, then walk toward Siam Square/MBK along right hand side of road. As you go over a bridge you will see the canal (klong) beneath you. Go over the bridge and turn right down the steps and walk to the water. This boat stop is called Hua Chang. Take the boat heading to Phan Fa Lilat (just ask for Kao San road) which is the last stop. From there, again ask for Kao San Road. You can walk in 10 minutes or take a tuk tuk. We are 200 meters from the McDonalds at Democracy Monument. The boat service closes at 7pm so it cannot be used to get back to your hotel after the tour.
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It is possible to get reasonably close to us on the Chao Phraya Express Boat getting off at Pier N13 Phra Athit which is a 15 minute walk or short tuk tuk ride from Phra Athit Pier. The ferry takes about 1 hour from Central Pier at Sapan Taksin. The boat service closes at 7pm so it cannot be used to get back to your hotel after the tour.
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What our guests tell us...
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Good guide, beautiful places, good food, and good exercise
A fantastic experience! Highly recommended!
Best thing we did in Bangkok. Tick is a great tour guide. Totally turned our perception of Bangkok around.
My favourite part of our trip!!!
I was a little nervous at first because of how long the tour was and I don't live a very active lifestyle. However, I was pleasantly surprised as to how easy it was. This tour was truly unforgettable and one of my favorite memories of Bangkok. Tammy, our tour guide was fantastic. Thank you!
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