Bangkok bike tour with family

Bangkok bike tour is our best activity. That is the statement from the kids!

As we were researching for something authentic, and less touristy, cycling came across. There are many vendors in Bangkok, we took the 4 hour package from Bangkok Bike Tours (GPS 13.720658, 100.515340) (Read more about Klook promotion here).

If you are not taking a cab, the nearest BTS station is Saphan Taksin (followed by a 5 min walk).

We had purposely arrived early to explore nearby street food (read our street food blog) .

All yummy. Mr Jo Crispy Pork, Kimpo Fish Porridge and the best wanton noodle experience (photo).

Now, it might not be straightforward to find the shop. It is in a wet market!
(Interestingly, Bangkok Bike Tours also conduct cooking classes for Tourists)

A wall mural depicts the route around Bangkok. You can choose from 2 to 6 hours trip. The trip anticipation feels a bit like embarking on a treasure hunt.

Before you start, you need to go through a safety video. Helmets are available but not mandatory in Thailand. On hindsight, I would recommend helmets.

Road and pavement can be uneven, and I would feel safer on the road segments. The tuk tuks can overtake quite near to us!

奶奶 was supposed to join us, but she failed her “balancing” test :p
This was a blessing in disguise, as she would have struggled to catchup.

 

The video will show some of the narrow corridors, sharp 90 degrees bend and human jams at Chinatown!

The Mrs had a fall when she lost her balance at a sharp road bump. She brought some bruises souvenir home Ouch.

Our guide will share stories with us at scenic and historical spots. We learnt that there is always a school next to a temple in Bangkok 🙂

You will be cycling around old neighbourhoods, under a lot of shade and in the back alleys. Many of these tracks are marked as bicycle lanes.

The old Bangkok Custom House.

We are never far from the busy Chao Phraya River.

Mosque and temples are near to each other, religious harmony.

This area is some sort of warehouse, and now a boutique art exhibition. (please correct me if I am wrong)

Some Graffiti, I meant art murals (rough GPS 13.733056, 100.512778)

Bangkok bike tour
Bangkok bike tour

200 years old Old Temple (Chao Zhou Shi Kong GPS 13.734444, 100.511667)

Do take note some of our Bangkok Bike Tour segments are on the road. Keep left and watch out for tuk tuk and buses.

 

We visited a 7×24 Flower market (Pak Khlong Market Flower Market,
GPS 13.741389, 100.496667). Many hawkers were busy packing the chrysanthemums, maybe for offerings?

Bangkok bike tour along the river, pretty authentic and unusual for most of us. It was not too hot, temperature hovering around 33 degrees.

Our Bangkok Bike Tour route has two ferry crossings. Ferry crossing is 6 baht per pax and 15 baht for bike (and pax).

River crossing with our bike, this is a novelty 🙂

Adults would need to help the kids with the loading and unloading of bikes, we do not want bikes or kids to fall into the river.

Bangkok cycling tour

Wat Kan is just across the river, but I do not know how to pronounce the
long name.(Wat Kalayanamit Woramahawihan GPS 13.740278, 100.491389)

We heard this temple is Half Thai and Half Chinese, you can see Thai and Chinese elements in the design.  Solemn and dignified Buddha statue.

Bottom right photo, you can see the tall Stupa from nearby Wat Arun Ratchawararam. This is one of the most prominent temples in Bangkok.

Next stop, turtle feeding!

At 20 baht per child/feed, kids had 20 minutes to fatten the turtles.

There is a huge pagoda too  (Wat Prayunwongsawat , GPS 13.737222, 100.496111 ). Maybe kids should not wander around on their own, this area also serves as a funeral parlour.

Serene surrounding.

After feeding the turtle, we fed the humans at another pit stop. The pit stops are really fun and refreshing, we always learn and see something new.

These pit stops also give tired legs a breather. Recharge with yummy street food, grilled chicken and pork.

Next stop, whisky!

Thais will brew herbs with whisky, toast to good health 🙂
We gave the whisky a skip as we did not want to wobble back heh heh.

But if you are game, this shot might be an energy boost.

We are near to the end of our 4 hour trip. This is the rough map (credit Google Map) for our Bangkok bike tour.

Final jetty for our trip, just opposite River City Bangkok. (Khlong San pier, GPS 13.736667, 100.503333 ) 

Sunset to welcome us. It also means we have to speed up a bit, as we do not have lights on our bikes.

Everyone arrived back safe and sound, with memories of another side of Bangkok 🙂

Video (YouTube link): Fun cycling around Bangkok

This is our friendly guide “Black”. Always patient and helpful, we learnt that he is keeping his hair long for charity. It will be donated for chemo patients, KUDOS!

Additional Tips:

Bangkok Bike Tours
+66843354078
-Our vendor does not provide photos, some others does .

-More cycling options and routes for your research, try here and here.

-I would prefer vendor to provide a sweeper.  There was only one guide with us, those who are less confident might risk getting lost. Some sections zig-zag as is easy to lose track of each other.

*If you are comfortable with balancing, you are good to go. You need not worry about stamina as it was a leisurely pace. Just bring an adventurous spirit along.
-Look out for each other and be alert, especially at junctions.
-More photos from our Bangkok Bike Tour can be found on Facebook here

-Do follow our local and overseas cycling adventures here Cycling blog.

We will be sharing more about our Bangkok Family Itinerary. Meanwhile, you can read our Thailand adventures here:

-Instagram #skbThailand

–Khao Kho Itinerary
–Sea of Clouds at Tanrak Talaymok Resort
(Khao Kho Photos are here and here)

–Bangkok “Itinerary” with Klook
–Bangkok Street food we like (and food GPS)
–Little Zoo Cafe (Facebook photos)
–Bangkok Bike Tour (Facebook photos)
Maeklong Railway and Amphawa floating markets (Facebook Photos)

..ps..
Our Bangkok bike tour is sponsored by Klook

Bangkok street food and cafe

Love Bangkok, then you will love Bangkok Street Food and Massage options. Massage is 1/3 the price of Singapore!

We know Singaporeans love massage too, as we constantly hear Singlish around Bangkok streets haha.

There are of course more food and shopping options at Bangkok’s night markets (Talad Neon, Talad Rot Fai etc). But we will leave that for another blog post.

Bangkok Street food galore! I had prepared many food GPS (all >3.5* Goggle reviews) but unfortunately family did not like pork leg or burgers too much. Hope you chaps will find the food GPS at my Google sheet useful :p

The venue distance and orientation in Column E (eg South, NE,NW  etc) are with respect to Phloen Chit BTS, near to our homestay residence.

One more tip we can share is using Google Map’s Location services to discover the most popular (and reliable) eateries nearby. Read Google Map Hack post.

Shall we start with Burgers.

1)Daniel Thaiger Burger (Rated 3.5/5, GPS 13.744869, 100.556875)
There are many popular burger joints in Bangkok.

Tavern and industrial feel, this cafe should be popular with those looking for happy hours.

Most burgers are paired with craft beers. Burger smells heavenly and meat prepared according to my request,  medium rare. Maybe we have tasted better Burgers in SG before, so this burger is only so-so for me.

2)Brainwake cafe (Rated 4/5, GPS 13.737706, 100.567864)

Love the interior decoration, there is a small library. Grab a poetry and enjoy your cuppa 🙂 The cafe seems to shield us from the outside heat and bustling.

As it was near to Christmas, our sugar roll came with a Santa.

Very popular with Japanese expats. There are many food options, and taste nice.

3)Rung Reung Pork Noodle (Rated 4.5/5, GPS 13.728284, 100.570485) needs no advertisement. You will see the queue before the noodles.

Although queue is long, we need not wait long for a table or serving.

This noodle stall has limited choices menu, but all are good! Yummy Fish crackers for appetiser.

Tender meat pieces, delicious gravy, all infused into the noodle strands. We had to order more servings to share 🙂

Bangkok street food
Bangkok street food

Do not be intimidated by the crowd or the humble setting, you will not regret this eatery.

Rung Reung is famous, but the next one is a hidden gem. We found it by mistake!

4)The stall does not have an English name, so you cannot Google it. We were actually targeting the opposite stall (ป้าวิไล บะหมี่แสงจันทร์) but went into the wrong stall by mistake.

We arrived at 1040, shop just open but queues were already forming! Prepare to wait 20 30 minutes, both stalls have limited seating space (less than 20).

So how do you know which one is which?
The one we visited has a super-friendly Auntie, the opposite stall has a blue frame gate, manned by 2 young chaps.

Both stalls are relatively popular, but ours had non-stop locals patronising. (Both pedestrians and motorbikes)

Sometimes, I wonder whether tabao (takeaway) is faster than dine-in :p
We waited 30 minute for our food (!)

The Char Siew, The Wonton the noodles are all so good!

One bowl only 40 50 baht! Total THB 250 for 5 bowls. Long wait but super-worth it.

5)Drool!

You might have heard of Bangkok Roasted meat (pork) before, and Mr Jo consistently ranks top.

You will feel a bit guilty, but this snack with the crunchy skin is simply irresistible! So crunchy I went back order second pack.

Mr Jo (Rated 4.5/5, GPS 13.709114, 100.514215). There are 2 or 3 roasted meat stalls nearby to Mr Jo too)

Mr Jo is just 400m from our “unknown” Noodle shop (from point 4). While waiting for the noodles, I went Mr Jo to tabao first.

One package is THB 120 (about SGD6, not really cheap)

Surprising, the locals are not queuing for roast pork, but for pork innard soup (photo here). Just walk in to the glass shelf and point at the packs of roast meat.

Hint:Do not microwave the leftover roasted meat for supper, the oil cannot be unseen :p

6)Google told us about delicious Mango sticky rice from Mango Tango too. However the branch near Siam Square might not be family friendly, they require everyone to place an order before we can get a table.

Not everyone wants a dessert or drink, so why should we need to waste money or food for the kids. We boycott the cafe.

But out cravings for Mango brought us to the Mango Tango branch at Central World. Finally got to taste our sticky rice (Rated 3.5/5 for Sticky Mango Rice)

7)McDonald (Rated 3.5/5, but my kids will rate fast food 4.5/5)

I mentioned before that I have cravings for Pork Burgers whenever I travel overseas. Well, I hope kids will share my taste 🙂

McDonald (Opposite central World) in Bangkok sells t-shirts too! We also noticed the menu has a lot of fried chicken options #ConfirmWeNotAtKFC

The Fried Chicken is nice and popular with many diners!

Actually, point 7 and 8 are not really Bangkok street food 🙂

Hunting for Bangkok Street food, means there is a bit of walking. Unless you are on Grab or Taxi. Sometimes, walking is faster than the jams.

 

8)After more shopping and walking, Japanese dinner for us at Ramen Kio (rated 3.25/5).

Coconut or bubble tea, street food or cafe, there is always something to quench our thirst. Coconut are mostly fresh and only THB 30. Perfect for the sweltering heat.

Do share more Bangkok Street food with us 🙂

Below G-Sheet list the Food GPS around Bangkok (Google Sheet link)

We will be sharing more about our Bangkok Family Itinerary. Meanwhile, you can read our Thailand adventures here:

-Instagram #skbThailand

–Khao Kho Itinerary
–Sea of Clouds at Tanrak Talaymok Resort
(Khao Kho Photos are here and here)

–Bangkok “Itinerary” with Klook
–Bangkok Street food we like (and food GPS)
–Little Zoo Cafe (Facebook photos)
–Bangkok Bike Tour (Facebook photos)
Maeklong Railway and Amphawa floating markets (Facebook Photos)

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