Half Day Cycling Tour through Chinatown

Chinatown from
a Bicycle Saddle

Touring through Bangkok’s Chinatown is an experience on its own, yet doing this on a bicycle
adds even more flavor to this amazing myriad of street and alleys. Explore forgotten
temples, exotic markets and a true look into the Bangkok of old.

WHY THIS TOUR?

An overload of colours and smells; a culturally thriving community that has treated this part of Bangkok as their home soil; a kaleidoscope of activity from early morning until after midnight before the same beehive of commerce starts the following day. Bangkok’s Chinatown never seizes to amaze.

Right off Yaowarat Road, Chinatown’s main access, a myriad of narrow alleys with almost everything available under the Thai/ Chinese sun is on display. It is these areas of red highlights, commercially driven family enterprises and little-known temples where we bike through on this morning-only excursion.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Chinatown from a Bicycle Saddle

08:00 - 12:30

Your driver will wait for you at your hotel lobby in the morning in the early morning and transfer you to the starting point where your bicycles will be checked and measured in accordance to your height. From here, we head into Chinatown on our bikes. Here, alleys disappear into forgotten temples, exotic markets spill onto the streets, and striking architecture spirals skyward. This tour exhibits Bangkok’s authentic dichotomy where, within mere street blocks, the lively bustle of Chinatown melts into the soothing embrace of country back roads. This two-wheeled adventure allows guests to cover a lot of ground and gain a fascinating insight into the ‘Bangkok of Old’.

After Chinatown, the Princess Mother Memorial Park and Museum is our next stop of the morning. The park contains gardens and a reproduction of the royal mother’s childhood home, as well as two exhibition halls showing memorabilia of the princess and the royal family.

The route ventures off the beaten path to see some lesser known sites that are not on the recognized tourist trail making this an interesting insight few visitors experience. A journey across the Chao Phraya River to the old capital of Thonburi includes visits to less known temples on the quiet back roads of this area, with stops at the occasional market as the group heads to the Santa Cruz Catholic Church, a remembrance of the times, the Portuguese called Thailand their base for trading and the nearby Temple of Good Friends.

Before crossing back to the Bangkok side, we cannot skip one of city’s landmarks that have stood the test of time, The Temple of Dawn. This magnificent shrine is decorated with ceramic pieces from top to bottom and has a pagoda, which soars 79 meters into the sky.

Our guide will leisurely cycle back to the starting point, where your driver awaits you already to bring you back to your hotel in downtown Bangkok.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by car / mini-van / coach with professional driver from and to the meeting point
  • Use of a well-maintained bicycle during the tour, complete with helmet
  • One bottle of drinking water and refreshing towels during the day
  • Ferry tickets across the Chao Phraya River
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • 3rd party accident insurance

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • For joint / Seat-in-Coach tours: return transfers from / to your booked accommodation from / to the indicated meeting point.
  • This tour is operated both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis. Joint tours are operated with an English-speaking guide only.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area.
  • Customers booking this this leisurely bicycle tour may expect some light hills, unequal terrain and/or some bike carrying along the way. A minimal degree of fitness may be needed to enjoy this excursion to the fullest.
  • Royal temples and palaces uphold a very strict dress code: it is essential that you dress appropriately during this excursion by wearing clothes that cover shoulders and fall below the knees. Customers wearing shirts with obscene and disrespectful prints and pictures and brightly-coloured clothing may be refused entrance.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package (private tours only).
  • This tour is not suitable for families with younger children; a limited amount of children bicycles are available and are on request.
  • This bicycle tour is a recreational one and covers approximately 13 kilometres of cycling with various stops made en route.

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