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Bangkok Explorer

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Bangkok discovery

Enjoy an extra 2-nights and days exploring Bangkok, before you set out on a two wheeled adventure of rural Thailand and SE Asia. Take a true peek behind the highlights and touristic side of Bangkok to find a fascinating, complex city, just brimming with creativity and popular culture, but with a firm grasp on its heritage. 

Bangkok, more so than any other city in the world, is a diverse, often baffling mix of the super wealthy, the wealthy, the middle classes and those who are eeking out a living in the only way they know how. All of these people intermingle in the tangle of modern buildings and world class urban transport, which provides an intriguing contrast to the backdrop of heritage architecture, temples and maddening traffic. For many, two days will not be enough, but for most of us, this two day introduction to Bangkok gives you a taste of the city that you would need to live here for years to find for yourself.

Whether it leaves you wanting more is hard to say, but we can say that you’ll have a great couple of days.

Activities

Ride / Walk / Boat

Difficulty

Easy

Duration

2 Days / 2 Nights

Price From

US$590

Day to Day itinerary

Day 1

Meals: D
Distance: 13km riding

Bangkok by night

On arrival at Bangkok Airport, you need only wander over to the transfer counter and present your Grasshopper Bangkok Pass as you exit to be assigned a car for the journey into the city.

At mid-afternoon your host for the evening and any fellow travelers will convene in the hotel lobby. From there it is a short metro ride to the riverboat to visit Wat Arun and Wat Pho. These are two of the most important and well-recognized temples in the city and are a must visit for all. Your guide will take you on a brief walk through the grounds of each to provide an overview of the temple’s purpose and its history, followed by some time to wander and enjoy the late afternoon ambiance.

We will farewell the daylight with sunset drinks at a casual riverside bar. Then once the city lights up, we’ll jump into tuk tuks for the short trip to an emerging evening area. This is on the edge of Chinatown, so it’s home to some interesting heritage buildings and experimental businesses that make the area vibrant. We’ll work our way through a few different venues where we can sample signature cocktails and craft beer, paired with some truly unique bites, along with a few of the delicacies on offer from the street-side vendors.

Sufficiently imbibed, we will move via local transport to the swankier end of town, where we have a table at one of Bangkok’s most authentic, yet refined restaurants. Here we’ll enjoy very traditional cuisine, presented beautifully and with commentary from the chef. The food here includes some Isaan influenced dishes that borrow from Laotian cuisine. This means lots of light, tangy flavors, combined with complex spices and refreshing herbs and greenery.

For those who wish to continue on, we’ll make a stop at our final late-night venue where the lights are dimmed down and the cocktails come in the full color and strength spectrum. Your host will part ways with you here or back at the hotel if you prefer to turn in.

Day 2

Meals: BL
Distance: 14km riding

Canal Bike Tour

Bangkok originally functioned around water transport, the Chao Phraya River was the arterial with dozens of main canals leading off it, connecting to a radiating network of circular canals. As the city grew many were filled, but there is still plenty intact, and a journey down these offers an insight into old Bangkok and how those living along the canals existed since the city’s founding in 1768.

We combine bikes and boats today, starting on two wheels, riding the canal paths and weaving through small communities where cottage industries that can trace their history to the beginning of the city are still intact. Then we’ll switch to what is known locally as a “longtail boat”, this will have us humming through the canals, out to where the greenery is more prolific and there is a community organization centered around the arts. If we are lucky, there may be a performance happening, although this is not a daily event. It’s back on the boat form some more canal cruising before returning to the city and your hotel. You can expect to be back by 1pm following lunch along the way.

Once you have rested, we can point you in the direction of an excellent day spa where a relaxing massage might help you prepare for the next step (or pedal) of your adventure.

Day 3

Meal: B

Start your tour

Breakfast is included today so you can start your bike tour sufficiently fueled up for a great adventure. Our Tour Coordinator will confirm the hotel pickup time for your tour.

Tour inclusions

What’s Included

  • Airport transfer, boat transport
  • Entry fees to temples and where applicable
  • Bike, helmet & water bottle
  • Accommodation of choice (4 or 5 Star options)
  • All meals stated in Itinerary
  • Shared snacks & nibbles
  • First drink at each bar 
  • Host & Guide

What’s not

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of personal nature 
  • Tips
  • Extra meals & drinks
  • Spa treatment
  • Early hotel check-in or late check-out

Package options

We have 2 options for you to choose from:

4-Star Package – US$590
For Solo Traveler – US$888

Mode Sathorn Hotel

5-Star Package – US$770
For Solo Traveler – US$1,147

Eastin Grand Sathorn Hotel

How to book an extension?

This package is available as an extra when booking one of our applicable tours in Thailand. When completing your booking details please select “Add more details” to see all the available options: 4-star package or 5-star package.

Please note: If you are traveling solo, you must also select the “Single Supplement” applicable to your chosen package.

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