Tranquil sacred temples, ornate ancient palaces, and bustling traditional markets await visitors to Bangkok. The city's cosmopolitan blend of Thai, Chinese, and Western influences create a unique blend of cultural experiences that bristle with bright colors, sensational flavors, and unerring hospitality.
Originally a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom, Bangkok gradually grew in importance and became the capital of Siam in 1768. Under the leadership of King Rama I, Bangkok was named Krung Thep, meaning 'City of Angels' in Thai, and temples were established throughout the city. Visit some of the most important and revered, including Wat Arun and Wat Pho on the Bangkok Evening Bike Tour to learn about the spiritual significance of these quiet temples of contemplation in the daily lives of the city's residents.
During the 19th century, Bangkok experienced modernization and development, and by the early 20th century, Thailand, formerly Siam, underwent political changes, transitioning from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy. Take the Canal Boat & Bike Tour Bangkok and cruise past the Grand Palace sitting splendidly on the banks of the Chao Phraya River to gain a glimpse into the power and influence of the richest monarch in the world.
Bangkok's skyline is now dominated by towering skyscrapers, and the city has become a global destination for tourism, business, and cultural exchange. Despite its rapid development, Bangkok has managed to preserve its rich cultural heritage, evident in its sacred temples, thronging markets, and spirited street life. Ride through Bangkok's backstreets on the Historic Bangkok Bike Tour to see how locals balance traditional rituals and the demands of modernization in one of the world's liveliest cities.
If you're traveling around Thailand and stopping in Chiang Mai, take the Historic Chiang Mai Bike Tour to appreciate the contrast between the capital's kaleidoscopic culture and the serene tranquility of Chiang Mai's old town.