After breakfast, embark on a captivating cycle ride in Bang Krachao, often referred to as Bangkok's green lung, and discover a side of the city that few travelers get to experience. Get ready to meet the families who call this area home and delve into the local culture.
Join your fellow riders for a briefing, select your bike, and let the thrilling bicycle adventure unfold. As you pedal along, you'll pass by new townhouses and have the opportunity to meet some of the neighborhood's residents. Take a fascinating glimpse into the local community by visiting a kindergarten sponsored by a trusted local partner. Make a stop at a sweatshop for a well-deserved treat and refreshment.
Hop on board a longtail boat for a short journey to Bang Krachao, where you'll continue your cycling adventure along paths that wind through lush vegetation, shaded by towering coconut palms and banana trees. Take your time to soak in the serene surroundings and appreciate the natural beauty of the area. Pause at a community Buddhist temple and gain a deeper understanding of Buddhism, an integral part of Thai culture.
As you continue cycling, you'll eventually reach the pier for a short boat ride back to the vibrant energy of Bangkok's hustle and bustle. The total ride covers approximately 30 kilometers, providing you with an immersive and rewarding experience.
Remark: If your traveling date falls on a weekend, this program operates as Colors of Bangkok by Bike (weekend), and the surcharge is charged automatically.
On the other side of the river lies the "Jungle" or "Green Lung" of Bangkok, known as the city's greenest area. Cycling through Bangkrachao takes place on elevated pathways amidst lush vegetation, shaded by coconut palms and banana trees.
After a while, the bicycles are parked, and the journey continues through the park on samlors, traditional Thai rickshaws, or "bicycle taxis." The samlors make a stop at an authentic Thai market held only during the weekends. Explore the market filled with handicrafts and indulge in local delicacies available for purchase. Stroll around and taste some snacks provided by the guide.
Midway through the Bangkok biking experience, there is a lunch break at a local restaurant, where a small Thai meal, such as Pad Thai (Thai noodles) or Khao Pad (fried rice), is served. Following lunch, a visit to an ancient, non-touristy Buddhist temple takes place. The guide shares insights about the temple and Buddhism in general.
Unfortunately, it is time to return to the pier for a short boat ride back to the bustling city of Bangkok. Before reaching the office/lounge, a final stop is made at an open-air Muay Thai school. Muay Thai, also known as Thai Boxing, is the national sport and cultural martial art of Thailand, with roots dating back several hundred years.