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Thailand: Bangkok Cycling tour

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Bangkok Cycling tour | Thailand | Asia

[Visited: June 2000]

For many people, Bangkok is synonym with exhaust fumes, enormous traffic jams, heat, people everywhere, tourist industry, fake clothes, watches, etc. etc., and the sex industry. And for many of the items on this list, they are actually right. The surprise is, that one can escape all these excesses by taking a bike and riding around unexpected parts of the city. It is possible to do so by a Westerner who took to the idea and has guided a lot of people around, and who knows the local traffic rules and all the streets perfectly well.

Picture of Bangkok Cycling tour (Thailand): Concrete bicycle path above a klong in Bangkok

At the beginning, you have to actually dive into the frantic Bangkok traffic, but although the city is overloaded by cars who all seem to be driving as fast as possible to their destination, they generally are extremely nice to cyclists. But very soon the big roads are left behind and a tour starts through very small backstreets, alleys, markets, temples, and even the small streets and houses below Bangkok highways. This gives a true picture of daily life for a lot of people in the city.

Picture of Bangkok Cycling tour (Thailand): Highway over houses and klong in Bangkok

After cycling through a maze of small streets, we finally reached a temple on the river, from where we took a boat to the other side. Here, no cars exist. No traffic jams, no hassle, no shopping malls, no air conditioning, no modern-day Bangkok life. As if it were a remote village, people live in small huts, living from the produce on their lands on this island in the river. There are no roads, so we were required to balance on the high concrete paths leading through this apparent jungle. When you return to the city on the other side of the river, you cannot believe that you have just come from paradise.

Picture of Bangkok Cycling tour (Thailand): Laundry at house above klong in Bangkok
Picture of Bangkok Cycling tour (Thailand): Laundry hanging on a balcony
Picture of Bangkok Cycling tour (Thailand): From the small boat that carried our bikes: river with houses on stilts and boats
Picture of Bangkok Cycling tour (Thailand): Local cemetery in Bangkok
Picture of Bangkok Cycling tour (Thailand): One of the many temples in Bangkok
Picture of Bangkok Cycling tour (Thailand): Tuk-tuk for fire-brigade in Bangkok
Picture of Bangkok Cycling tour (Thailand): Rambutan close-up, found on a local market in Bangkok

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