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Experience breathtaking Bangkok by bike and boat
Pedal and paddle your way through the best of Bangkok on the Canal Boat & Bike Tour. By the end of this family-friendly day tour you will have gained an insight into the cultural and spiritual rituals of life in Bangkok and glimpsed the daily preoccupations of river traders, artists, and royalty that call this city home.
Your bike tour begins with a ride along the Chao Phraya River with a stop in Santa Cruz before cycling on to stops in Chinatown, Wat Kalayanamit, Wat Hong Rattanaram, and Wat Kuhasawan. You’ll stop for a Thai lunch, included in the price of this tour, and a traditional puppet show, before cruising back to where the tour began in a long tail canal boat.
Begin your bike tour with a ride through the local communities that live along the Chao Phraya River, where the city of Bangkok first began. You'll dismount to visit the community of Santa Cruz, home to the descendants of Portuguese traders, and one of the few Christian communities in the heart of the city. You may even get a chance to sample a traditional Portuguese custard tart, baked to the same recipe that has been passed down for over five generations.
Cycle onwards to the next stop on this city tour, through Bangkok's first Chinatown towards the temple of Wat Kalayanamit. You'll stop at this temple to admire the 15-meter-tall Buddha statue, one of the largest seated Buddha statues in Thailand. Wander around the temple and soak up the tranquil atmosphere as your guide provides an insight into the rich spiritual history of Bangkok.
Onwards to the next stop on this bicycle tour: Wat Hong Rattanaram. This temple is considered one of the most beautiful in all of Thailand, and you'll quickly appreciate why. Walk through the temple's ornate ordination hall, known as Ubosot in Thai, that features traditional Thai architecture with intricate details and colorful embellishments. Outside the hall, the splendors continue - the whole temple is adorned in elaborate gold details, showcasing the unparalleled intricacy and skill of Thai craftspeople.
Continue your guided tour along back lanes and tree-lined canals until you arrive at Wat Kuhasawan. Historically, trading communities formed along the canals on the outskirts of Bangkok to do business with foreign traders and sell produce from outlying farms and orchards. The former wealth of these trading communities can be seen in the elegant architecture of this wooden temple with its splendid carvings and wall paintings.
Take a break from cycling on this day tour with a traditional Thai lunch eaten in the tranquil grounds of the temple, before hopping back on your bike for the afternoon ride. Pedal up to a small, wooden house on the banks of Khlong Bang Luang where an unexpected treat awaits. Take your seats to marvel at a traditional Thai puppet show, accompanied by a Khon dance performed by the Hoon Lek puppeteers. After the show, you'll have a chance to wander among the ancient huts where artists and craftspeople sell their wares.
Pedal your way to a traditional long tail canal boat for the final part of your day tour. Once aboard, you'll cruise along ancient canals to the Chao Phraya River. Sail up the River of Kings and keep your eyes peeled as you pass the Grand Palace, residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. You'll end this bicycle tour feeling a little princely yourself, having savored the magisterial artistic, religious, and culinary offerings of brilliant Bangkok.
Days Start Finish Daily 9:30 am ~3:30 pm
Please arrive for the tour 15 minutes before departure time.
Rate USD Adult $82 Child $66 Child $62
Chao Phraya River, Santa Cruz, Chinatown, Wat Kalayanamit, Wat Hong Rattanaram, Wat Kuhasawan, Lunch, Traditional puppet show, Grand Palace, Cruise on a long tail canal boat
- Bike and helmet rental
- English-speaking guide
- Lunch and snacks
Meeting place & directions
Discova Bangkok Bike Shop
Near MRT Sam Yot Station: 719 Mahachai Road, Wang Burapha Phirom, Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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