Half day bike tour in old Bangkok, Thailand
Cycle tour the unseen Thonburi side of Bangkok and explore neighborhoods few visitors to the city have the opportunity to see.
Bike Historic Bangkok reveals the true heart of old Bangkok. Cycle tour your way through back-alleys, over bridges, through busy markets and past ornate temples. Exploring the city by bike you quickly see that there is a lot more to Bangkok than busy traffic and high-rise buildings.
Pedaling the small alleys and lanes you will discover ancient temples and life by the Chao Phraya River and in the tiny lanes that make up much of the city. Many people ask us how we found our way through the maze of streets that we take you through - the answer is simple: we bike every little lane we can find and it has literally taken years to develop this tour. No-one knows historic Bangkok like us, and our Bike Historic Bangkok bike tour is the best way to explore this spectacular old quarter! We promise to take you places on a bike that you would never be able to find on your own.
0.5 day duration
15 km distance
50% of the tour price
Tour Features & Inclusions
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This bike tour is all about exploring a very different side of Bangkok. We won't be cycling to anywhere famous, instead get ready to take in the real Bangkok, where normal people live in the jumble of lane ways that few people ever explore.
This tour is all about cycling quiet and sometimes very narrow back streets. Where there are busy roads to cross this is done as a group.
Top quality, well maintained Merida mountain bikes with 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.
Local snacks are provided during the tour, and clean water is always available to keep you well hydrated.
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 Bike Historic Bangkok tour
Gather at the Grasshopper Shop
Meet at the Grasshopper Adventures Shop near Khaosan Rd at 8:30 am. The tour will depart at 9 am sharp. After a quick bike fitting and briefing we head out. Cycling through the heart of the backpacker area, Khaosan Road, you will soon be biking off the roads this bike tour winds through small laneways, past ancient temples and canals to see the heart and soul of Bangkok.
Get out and cycle
There are no particularly famous sights that you will see on this bike tour. It is all about exploring the city by bike away from the tourists and big roads, to see the real Bangkok where people live, work and play. We cycle along the Chao Phraya River and then pedal cross the river on the Rama 8 Bridge. From here we visit ancient temples and urban street life.
Bangkok Noi is the name given to a large canal of the Chao Phraya River. Bike along the canal through tiny alleyways home to a Muslim community. After cycling over a bridge you bike the canal back the other way, this time passing Buddhist temples and one of Bangkok’s first train depots. If open you are in luck to visit a bronze bowl foundry and the old steam engines at the Thonburi train depot - such is the diversity of the city when you get in close.
Ferry back over the Chao Phraya
After a local ferry to cross back over the river, our bike tour passes the Grand Palace where we take a walk through a public park that was once exclusively used by the royal family. After cycling more twisting alleyways, pedaling through a food market, you bike past rows of Buddhas and other sacred images. The area around the Giant Swing isis where Buddha images are made and sold. The Giant Swing is one of the landmarks of the city and was once used for an important Hindu ceremony. From the Swing it is only a short bike ride back to the Grasshopper Shop.THe bike tour finishes around 1 pm.
The bike tour usually takes 3-4 hours but this is variable by group. After the ride relax in our shop and enjoy a complimentary drink from our fridge. A nice end to a unique bike tour through old Bangkok.
What's the Riding Like?
This is a generally easy ride on quiet back streets and alleyways. There are some very narrow sections where good bike control is required but you can always walk these sections 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.
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 Bike Historic Bangkok day tour 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.
Bookings made after 6pm local time will not guarantee you a place on the tour the following morning. If there is a space on the tour you will be most welcome to join, however, if the tour is full or not running you will have the option of joining another tour or a refund of any deposit paid.
This tour operates 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 12:00pm or if there is torrential flooding, you can choose to cancel with full refund or change your tour to another day.
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This tour operates everyday at 9am. If you have a group of 4 or more we can also run this trip in the afternoon (subject to availability).
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: 08:30am
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.
> Find out more about the Canal Boat Service
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.
> Find out more about the River Boat Service
What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of our great Trip Advisor reviews!
We rode through inner city neighborhoods we would have never seen - the locals greeted us warmly which says a lot about the professionalism of Grasshopper and Tammy! Our temple visit included information we hadn't received from two previous temple tours. I was impressed with the historical and cultural details included for a bike ride! I would highly recommend doing this on your arrival in Bangkok it is a great way to feel a part of the flow of this big city life
We have used Grasshopper tours before in Vietnam and in Thailand - all tours have been great and this one was no exception.
Given the degree of personalization, helpfulness and kindness of the guides, and willingness to adapt, I highly recommend Grasshopper.
It was way more exciting than I expected! Jimmy was the best guide who led us to all hidden places in Bangkok. I couldn't have found this places myself without this tour (especially during such a short time).
I can only highly recommend any trips with Grasshopper Adventures :)
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