Full day bike tour in Bangkok, Thailand
Bike tour through historic Bangkok, exploring hidden sights off the tourist trail and away from traffic, then return by boat on Bangkok’s famous scenic canals. A great tour for children and families.
This bike tour runs in Bangkok.
Cycling from 'New Bangkok' you and your guide will bike through the back lanes and twisting alleys of Bangkok, through the historic Rattanakosin Island to cross the Chao Phraya River by ferry to the first settlements of “Old Bangkok”. Stopping at a historic Portuguese bakery to taste an ancient Portuguese cupcake before biking to some truly breathtaking temples.
Biking on through Old Bangkok’s back alleys and along small tree-lined canals or klongs until you arrive at an old market community. Leave your bicycles by the canal and enjoy a simple Thai food lunch on the canal banks before visiting the local market and Artist's House. At the Artist's House, on most days, you will be treated to a performance of a unique and authentic traditional Thai puppetry not to be seen elsewhere.
Saying goodbye to the puppets and the market, stepping into a long tail boat with the bicycles stowed in back you will enter a maze of canals. These are the khlongs that have earned Bangkok its nickname, ‘the Venice of the East.’ Journeying up the Chao Phraya River, the River of Kings, past the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, the boatmen will dock for you and your guide to unload the bikes and then pedal back to where the bike tour began.
With so many activities this makes a great family tour for a day's outing in Bangkok.
1 day duration
15 km distance
50% of the tour price
Tour Features & Inclusions
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Top quality Merida mountain bikes with lights, and a water bottle and helmet are provided.
We take to some really interesting and beautiful temples that few visitors ever get the chance to see. You will even get to see the largest Buddha image in Bangkok.
Travel by long boat along the Chao Phraya River then through a maze of canals.
A delicious Thai lunch is included in the tour. All dietary requirements catered for. Clean water and snacks are also provided throughout the day.
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.
1 to 10
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 1 traveller. And we limit the group size to only 10 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate 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
For Bangkok Canal Boat & Bike tour
Gather at the Grasshopper shop
Meet at the Grasshopper Adventures Bike Tours Shop near Khao San Rd at 9:30 am. The tour will depart at 10 am sharp. Make sure you allow plenty of time to get here, taking into account the heavy Bangkok traffic. After a quick bike fitting and briefing we are off on the bikes. Cycling off the main roads we use small lanes, alleyways and canal boats to immerse you into the soul of Bangkok.
Ferry and cycle to the communities of Santa Cruz Wat Kalyanamit
Here along the banks of the Chao Phraya River is where Bangkok first began. Stopping 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 neighbouring Chinese Thai temple of Wat Kalayanamit and the site of Bangkok's first Chinatown. Wat Kalyanamit houses Bangkok's largest sitting Buddhist image.
Cycle to Wat Hongrattanaram
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 Khlong Bang Luang and the Artist’s Village
Cycling back lanes and pedaling 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.
A local Thai lunch by Bang Luang Canal
Enjoy a simple tasty Thai lunch in a local eatery by the canal in the grounds of the community temple.
Traditional Thai Puppet Show
A group of Artists have taken up residence in a 200 year old traditional wooden house on the banks of Khlong Bang Luang. Inside the Artist's House is an art gallery and gift shop. But most interesting of all is the performance the Hoon Lek puppeteers. Combining traditional Khon dance makes for probably the most unique form of puppetry you may ever see. There is a performance most days, 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.
Ply the Canals and the Chao Phraya River
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.
Return to the Grasshopper Shop
Disembarking from the boat with your bike pedal a short distance back to the Grasshopper shop to finish the tour around 3:30 pm. The bike tour usually takes 4 - 5 hours but this is variable by group. Lunch is included in the bike tour.
What's the Riding Like?
Narrow back lanes
Riding in Bangkok is an adventure. Much of the riding is on narrow laneways and quiet backstreets. 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
Like what you see? Book Bangkok Canal Boat & Bike with Grasshopper Adventures.
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A 50% deposit is required to confirm your place on this tour. Please note that if you cancel the tour within 24 hours of the tour starting your deposit is not refunded. If you change the date of your tour within 24 hours of the tour starting you will need to pay the deposit payment again as we consider this a cancellation.
This tour Departs Daily.
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 11 am 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
Phone: +66 2280 0832
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: 9:30am
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...
Just a selection of our great reviews!
A great way to see the back streets of Bangkok. Max our guide was brilliant, and made it fun and safe! Would recommend it!
This tour does what it says, escape the craziness of Bangkok and see the backstreets/canals away from the tourist masses. Our guide Woody was well informed and looked after the whole group … We had kids in the group and they coped really well. Highly recommend this tour as something a bit different.
We are in our 70s and were a little worried about going on an all day tour in the Bangkok heat, but we should not have worried because the bike trip was fantastic.
The alleys and canal-ways we rode along were charming and shady - so unexpected in a city like Bangkok! … The bikes are good quality, well maintained, comfortable, and there are plenty to chose from (helmets, too). We joined three Grasshopper tours in Cambodia last Fall, all of them excellent.
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