What will you see on the Bangkok Day Ride?
- We will meet at Bangkok Bed and Bike Hostel in Chinatown.
- From here, we will cycle to the biggest flower market in Thailand ‘Pak Khlong Talad’ – where you can buy someone in the group a flower!
- Next, we will visit the Bangkok City Pillar Shrine ‘Lak Meuang’ – a historical foundation pillar raised in 1782 by King Rama to declare Bangkok as the capital of Thailand.
- We will then cross the road to Sanamluang where we’ll get the best view of the Grand Palace and park our bicycles here.
- At the Grand Palace stop, we’ll make a merit to ‘The Emerald Buddha’ with a jasmine garland.
- Here we’ll spend two hours exploring the Grand Palace and the amazing Thai architecture. Don’t miss the wall mural telling the story of Thailand’s history.
- After visiting the Grand Palace, we’ll all meet up at Sanamluang where we parked the bikes.
- Time for lunch! We’ll have lunch at Maharaj Pier overlooking the famous Chao Phraya River.
- After lunch, we will head to The Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) and explore the grounds of this famous Temple as well as the 46 metre Buddha statue. Wat Pho, one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok and one that’s very famous as a centre for Thai massage. Wat Pho, one of the most beautiful temples in Bangkok is also very famous as a centre for Thai massage. (You can see the ancient wall paintings explaining the ancient art of Thai massage.)
- After Wat Pho, we will park our bikes at Tha Tien Pier and cross the river by boat to the west side of Bangkok (Thonburi) to visit the beautiful ‘Temple of the Dawn’ (Wat Arun).
- We will continue riding along the small pathways along the West bank of the river… You will just love cycling along the riverside, through the local communities that live alongside the Chaopraya River – you won’t believe that you are still in Bangkok!
- After that, we will head to ‘The Golden Mount’ (Wat Saket) which dates back to the Ayutthaya period (1350- 1767 AD).
- On the other side of Ratchadamnoen road, we will also check out some the architectural gems of the Rattanakosin Era, for example, Loha Prasat, ‘The Metal Palace’, Wat Ratchanadda.
- Here, we will also show you the location of the Rattanakosin Museum, where you can find our more about Thailand’s history and architecture. (You can book the ticket if you are interested to see the history and the contribution of each of the Thai Kings to our country during the Rattanakosin Era.)
- We will ride on to take some photos at ‘The Giant Swing’ – a religious structure in Phra Nakorn that dates back to 1784. The swing was used for an annual ‘swinging ceremony’ known as ‘Triyampavai Tripavai’, that was banned in 1935 for safety reasons.
- We now head back to Chinatown and taste another type of local Thai street food for dinner ‘Lad Nha’ (Fried noodle with pork) at the popular street food stall on Thanon Tanao Street.
- After our last stop, we will head back to the hostel.
- We end the day with pool games and cold beers in the hostel lobby. Sound like a good plan?
Want to ride during the evening when it’s cooler? Check out the Bangkok Night Ride!