A heart pounding boat ride and a wild jungle trek is not what I had in mind when I agreed to a chill Bike Tour of Bangkok. But there I go again getting ahead of myself. Let me start from the beginning.
When travel bae said we were going on a bike tour of Bangkok I thought, well this will be relaxing.
Oh LAWD was I wrong.
Biking in Bangkok is no easy task. It’s just as dangerous as it looks and sounds. You are not granted the luxury of a bike lane. Bobbing and weaving to avoid cars, trucks, scooters, and tut-tut’s without a helmet(sorry mom); all makes for a great heart pounding experience, that I was in no way ready for.
Travel bae and I were the only two people on our bike tour, which meant our small team of three was able to go places our guide wouldn’t normally take a bike tour.
Our first stop was at a beautiful temple right in the heart of Bangkok. Upon entering into the temple, that was once an actor’s home, the sounds of the city fell away. You wouldn’t have guessed you were right in the middle of a massive city with an affinity for horn usage.
The quiet chill tour stopped here.
Our next stop was much further, we rode through back alleys and bumped noses with the homeless. All of this to get to a sketchy makeshift dock to cross the Chao Phraya River. Our skiff (yeah I said skiff, sorry again mom) was there waiting on us. Looking at that precarious boat I thought, are we all going to fit or worse go for a swim? Much to my surprise and delight, our tour guide squeezed us, our three bicycles, himself, and the driver (in that order) on the skiff. We crossed the river into the neighboring province of Samut Prakan.
We unloaded our bikes and our ride went from avoiding tut-tut’s to dodging branches of a thick jungle. Bangkok you continue to amaze me.
We arrived at Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park, a Botanical Garden located in the heart of the city. We rode around the garden enjoying the beautiful scenery, stopped to feed fish, and then for a bite to eat at a local street cart. The guy who served us had never seen anyone of our pigment before and couldn’t resist asking for a photo, we happily obliged.
I’ll admit as sketchy as the ride was at times it was absolutely amazing and let’s face it,
no one ever got any good stories doing something chill and relaxing.
What made this tour so amazing was realizing why Thailand is called The Land of the Smiles. Every person we saw, whether they were poor or in a nice business suit had a huge smile on their face every time they saw us. They are truly some of the kindest people I’ve ever been in the presence of.
Name of Bike Tour: Follow Me Bike Tour
Photos courtesy of Follow Me Bike Tour