Bike Tour in Bangkok, Thailand with LocalGuiding.com
In a previous post, I talked about my apprehension with taking a bike tour of Bangkok. Ii had to do with bicycle karma. (If you’re in the market to steal a bike kids, trust me – it’s not worth it.)
What is LocalGuiding.com?
LocalGuiding.com partners with local tour guides in popular and off-track places around the world. It’s sort of a one-stop shop if you want to book a tour that’s a little bit more unique than what you’d normally find in a guidebook. You’ll be working with local guides in the most foreign of places — and who would know the location better than a local.
This was the Bangkok Jungle tour in the area known as Phra Pradeang. There were promises of back alleys, river crossings, and green jungle goodness. Well it delivered all of the above – in spades.
My tour consisted of three Dutch bike-enthusiasts, and Tob — our Thai guide for the day. After a welcome water and coffee (or tea if you prefer), we choose our bikes, and ensured they were adjusted correctly.
I was expecting something like this bike we saw on the tour, but instead was pleased to be greeted with a fine selection of Trek and Nordic bicycles to choose from. After Tob gave us details about the route we would be taking, we were on our way.
Bangkok streets can be chaotic as…well, Bangkok streets – but after 15 minutes or so, we were out of the mayhem and into the narrow alleys. Since we used mostly back roads and alleyways, main thoroughfare time was kept minimal.
I’ve spent quite some time in Bangkok over the past few months, but this tour showed me I still have a lot to see. Like this “railroad graveyard” that Tob pointed out.
I also had no idea that there was literally a jungle just across the Chao Phraya river with a maze of elevated pathways.
We were even given the opportunity to feed some koi in a park that was completely empty devoid of the chaos Bangkok is known. At one point we were the only ones there.
After our break it was back on the road for the boat back across the Chao Phraya river.
En route to the Follow Me Bike clubhouse, we stopped in for a quick visit at the M.R. Kukrit house.
Not knowing who that was, I’m glad they gave out a brochure as we entered. He was the 13th Prime Minister of Thailand, and while it’s not officially a museum (their brochure says, “We like to keep it like he still lives here”), it was a worthwhile stop. It gave a pretty good glimpse into a traditional Thai home. At least the a traditional upper-crust Thai home.
And while the buildings (there were 5, built without nails), and the gardens (they wrote the book on Zen) were spectacular, it was the creepily cool pet cemetery that caught my eye.
I gather Mr. Kukrit had a thing for animals, as he honoured each family pet with an ornate headstone to mark their final resting place.
Let’s have a moment of silence now shall we for the years of devout service rendered by the Unknown Mice.
It was a short ride back to the clubhouse, but not short enough that we couldn’t have some photo fun along the way.
We ended the tour with a filling lunch, and a free fish spa (more to come on that later!)
After lunch, we were invited to sign the guest book, which in this case, is a guest wall.
Would I do it again? Heck yes! I saw sights I never knew existed in Bangkok, I got a great BBQ lunch, a free fish spa, and probably most importantly, I got my bicycle-mojo back.
Take that karma.
- The tour is suitable for any able-bodied person.
- Water and snacks along the way are included.
- Safety helmets are available if you prefer.
- Wear a hat or cap and sensible shoes. Sunscreen is provided just in case you forget.
- Don’t worry about photos. Tob takes lots along the way, and the owner Ray will email them to you, and post on Follow Me Bike Tours Facebook page.
- Have fun. You’re going to see a side of Bangkok that most tourists don’t.