Evening cycling food tour in Bangkok, Thailand
Come hungry and prepared to explore the backstreets of Bangkok on a bike food tour of the city's best local cuisine. We promise not to take you to any famous places or tourist spots. Only the discreet locations that ordinary Bangkokians hangout. One highlight of the food tour (apart from the delicious food of course) is cycling Bangkok's maze of backstreets and alleys to find these out of the way eateries. This Bangkok food tour is like no other in Bangkok and you are guaranteed a unique and enjoyable experience.
Cycling through Bangkok's deserted markets and back alleys, we will stop at several distinct locations to taste the different cuisines of the city's original settlers - Indian, Chinese and Thai. This culinary exploration of Bangkok starts after the market traders have closed up their stalls allowing for an easy pedal through the backstreets of the royal district of Rattanakosin Island, the alleys of India and China town then beyond to the other side of the river where we meander the lanes of Old Bangkok, otherwise known as Krung Thonburi.
We promise there will be something tasty for everyone and vegetarians are more than welcome to join. Come cycle with us to discover a different side of Bangkok's food culture on this unique cycling food tour.
0.5 day duration
14 km distance
Tour Features & Inclusions
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This is not just a food tour, it's also about seeing a very different side of Bangkok. We won't be taking you anywhere famous, instead get ready to take in the real Bangkok, where normal people live in the jumble of lane ways that few think to explore.
All the delicious food on this bike tour is included and is in fact the key feature of trip, so make sure to come with a healthy appetite! You'll enjoy a wide range of Bangkok specialties influenced by the original ethnic settlers, in this way you'll also learn how Thai foods help to tell the history of the Bangkok.
This tour is all about cycling quiet and sometimes narrow back streets away from Bangkok's traffic. There are some busy roads to cross but this is done as a group and the drivers are very courteous.
This bike tour includes top quality, well maintained Merida mountain bikes with a water bottle and helmet 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.
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
2 to 6
Traveling as a couple? This tour is guaranteed to depart with just 2 participants and we limit group sizes to 6 so you'll never feel crowded out.
Meet at the Grasshopper Adventures Shop
Meet at the Grasshopper Adventures shop 5:45 pm near Khaosan Rd. (please see the map below). After a quick fitting the 'Bangkok Food Adventures by Bike' tour begins. The bike tour will depart at 6:15 pm sharp.
Salty & Sweet Indian treats come at the first food stop in Bangkok's little India. Park your bikes next to one of the original canals protecting Rattanakosin Island. Entering the Indian eatery you may feel that you have just stepped out of Bangkok and onto the streets of Calcutta. Rest assured this too is authentic Bangkok.
The narrow backstreet of Sampeng Lane is the birthplace of Bangkok's Chinatown. Once the home of brothels and opium dens today's modern Sampeng is a teeming wholesale market during the day, but after dark the long alleyway is deserted making it a great place to cycle while avoiding the congested streets of Chinatown. Reaching the end of Sampeng Lane, a small side lane becomes an outdoor eatery at night, featuring foods of Malay and Chinese origin. Putting the bicycles aside for a bit we will fill our tummies a little more.
Crossing the River of Kings
Disappearing into another twisting maze of back alleys, we'll pedal our way to the ferry crossing to Khlong San Market, once the terminus of one Bangkok's original railway lines. This busy ferry crossing runs late at night shuttling Bangkokian's from one side of the Chao Phraya River to the other. Fortunately cyclists and their bikes are more than welcome to cross the river here too.
Tha Din Daeng - The Old Traders Port
Now wending with our bikes through lanes of warehouses and shophouses of Old Bangkok, you will burst into the lively night market of Tha Din Deang. Tha Din Daeng was once a traders port for goods arriving by sea and going up the Chao Phraya. The original settlers were an ethnically diverse group of traders, but today the descendants of Chinese settlers dominate the area giving Tha Din Daeng the nickname of Bangkok's second Chinatown. It has less of the glitz of the original Chinatown but with a vibrant night market full of tasty food to discover this is a great next stop. Your guide will take you on a walk selecting a range of specialty foods before sitting you down at a street-side table to enjoy the final meal of the night.
Memorial Bridge and the Flower Market
Back on the bikes with all pangs of hunger banished, you will bike over the Memorial Bridge with its magnificent views of the Chao Phraya River then bike through the largest wholesale flower market in Thailand. (Sorry folks. We will not spend much time here, that is reserved for our 'Bangkok Night Ride.')
The Giant Swing and the Grasshopper Shop
Cycling from the Flower Market back the the Grasshopper Shop you will stop for one last photo op in front of one of Bangkok's iconic landmarks, the Giant Swing. The Giant Swing or Sao Ching Cha, is a relic of a Hindu ritual no longer performed today. From here pedal back to the Grasshopper Adventures shop and with tummy full, say farewell your guide for an evening of dreams biking Bangkok's backstreets and delicious local food. The 'Bangkok Food Adventures by Bike' food tour officially concludes around 10 pm.
What's the Riding Like?
This bike tour is generally an easy night ride over short distances through quiet back streets and alleyways. There are some narrow sections but you can always walk these if you are not comfortable. There are some main roads to cross but we do this as a group and the Bangkok drivers are very courteous when it comes to crossing the road.
As we cycle at night and in market areas, this tour is not suitable for children under 12 years old riding alone. Children in baby seats or riding a tag-along may join.
Making a Booking
Click on the 'Book this tour' button below or at the top of the page to reserve your place on this bike & food tour.
A 50% deposit is required to confirm your place. Please note that if you cancel the tour within 24 hours of the bike tour starting your deposit is not refunded.
If you change the date within 24 hours of the bike tour starting you will need to pay the deposit payment again as we consider this a cancellation.
The Bangkok Food adventures by Bike tour departs 6:15pm everyday (except Monday)
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 7:30 pm 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: 06:00pm
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 Trip Advisor reviews!
We had high expectations based on all the great reviews and our amazing night ride and food adventure with guide Tammy totally lived up to the high praise.
Tom chooses great small streets that we would never have visited otherwise and took us to very local places with great food, telling many interesting stories. We were so happy with Grasshopper, that we booked another tour
Our first night in Bangkok, we signed up for the night food tour. What fun it was to ride the back streets and taste delicious food. Guides were knowledgeable and super nice. The food stops were great
Golf and Fern were AB-SO-LUTE-LY amazing!!! Very knowledgeable and super sweet. The street food was awesome, I would recommend you take this tour.
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