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.

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
Little Zoo Cafe (photos)
Bangkok Bike Tour (photos)
-(Photos) Maeklong Railway and Amphawa floating markets

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

Bangkok Family Itinerary with Klook (and giveaway)

Everyone loves Bangkok, eating shopping and massage. Our Bangkok Family Itinerary will share some of the Fun activities we did with Klook.

We have been using Klook for the last few holidays. It is convenient, a lot of promotions and is hassle free. Order your tickets before you travel, just pickup at destination country and enjoy your holiday.

No need to queue for tickets, or trying to articulate in foreign language. Klook website always have more suggestions for your Bangkok Family Itinerary planning (and research). You may reference our Japan Klook itinerary too.

To encourage more friends to try Klook, key in code <SENGKANG5>, and first-time Klook users will enjoy $5 off their first booking (valid till 31 Dec 2019).

Thank to Klook, we have x 50 Vouchers to giveaway. Details at the end.

Our 2018 trip was to Khao Kho and Bangkok, read about our adventures here and here, or Instagram #skbThailand .

01. 4G Wifi

We will start with the No1 essential travel item, Roaming Wifi Plan :p
I would be clueless and helpless if I cannot Google! (unless I am enjoying my no-itinerary trip)

If you agree Wifi is critical, you may refer our Google Map Hack post (click link) on how to find the best “reviews” nearby.

Klook’s Roaming Man wifi router offers good connection for up to 6. We enjoyed good coverage and battery during our Thailand Holidays.

Collection (and return) of router was in Singapore, just show your Klook QR code and collect, no hassle.

In Thailand, just POWER on and Share hotspot, it is that simple.

Our roaming router is supposed to last up to 12 hours. Our unit was still going strong after 5 hours. Indispensable and affordable.

Be it attractions, cafes, or GPS orientation. Just go Online and Google.

Sea of Clouds from Khao Kho, Tanrak Talaymok Resort blog post.

Food hunting more efficiently in the street of Bangkok. We will share the GPS in another blog post about street food from our Bangkok Family Itinerary.

 

Google for popular Bangkok night market and more food recommendations.

Or cute cafes with animals?

Next up is the kids’ favourite activity in Bangkok, Cycling!

02. go Bangkok Bike Tour

4 hours through Chinatown, we covered the alleyways and cycled along Chao Phraya river. What a fascinating way to discover Bangkok!

Do take note list price is per pax.

Cycling packages starts from 2 hours and we went for Go Red 4 hours (Bangkok culture Tour). It is really easy pedaling and our trip distance was about 11 to 12km.

If Mommy Meng Choo can do it, you can do it too. Although she did complained the cycling tour was a bit torturing for a holiday haha. (read our 台中 Taichung cycling trip too)

Bangkok Bike Tours does not have electric bikes, but you can pre-book the escooters. You need to indicate your height when you are making a booking. Helmets are available but not compulsory for cycling in Thailand.


The weather was ok during our trip, and there are plenty of shades along the route.

The bulk of cycling was done on dedicated bike lanes, but there are some sections on the main road too. Exercise vigilance and do not let people rush you, look out for each other.

Cycling confidence is more important than stamina. The operator will stop you from participating if your riding skills fails.

Chinatown was challenging due to the crowds and narrow lanes, sometimes we had to push the bikes along.

Otherwise, we enjoyed the pit-stops at cultural, food and scenic spots. We cycled through Bangkok neighbourhoods, and even cross Chao Phraya River twice on ferries!

If you like something authentic and adventurous, go for a cycling tour to explore another side of Bangkok!

Bangkok Family Itinerary
Bangkok Family Itinerary

Local snacks and attractions.

Do take note photographer is not part of the cycling package 🙂

03.Amphawa Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market Fireflies Private Day Tour by AK

This is a whole day itinerary, and it is also the parents’ best activity. Value for money as our package was for up to 8 or 10 pax (per van).

If you are traveling by public transport, the markets are easily 1.5 hours away from Bangkok center. It makes sense to grab the Klook package and enjoy the bundled attractions.

Maeklong Railway Market is the most popular railway market in Thailand, where the train literally cuts through the market, with vendors folding their tents and daredevil tourists taking selfies!

Thai people called it crazy market, we can understand the euphoria haha.

As a bonus, we rode the train into the market! The reception at Maeklong Railway Station was unreal, as if the train is a VIP 🙂

Clapping and waving, photos snap non-stop haha. SO CROWDED!

Next stop, Wat Bang Kung.

Amazingly, the dignified Buddha sanctuary is wrapped by Banyan tree roots. Wat Bang Kung is popular with both worshipers and tourists.

If time permits, go feed the horses (behind the Muay Thai statues).

The third stop Amphawa Floating Market was the highlight for our trip. Super crowded, you will see both tourists and many Thais too, we can feel the lively buzz here.

There is something for everyone at Amphawa floating market. Folks can order their meals from the boats or walk along the market.

There are much souvenir and food to savour! The ‘street food’ is nice and cheap, grab the 烤鱼 (best!)

As you walk along the river, hold on to the smaller ones. You do not want them (or your Mobile Phones) to go swimming :p

The last activity was a boat ride to catch some fireflies. We were tired and some were dozing on the boat ride.

This package is value for money, and we would highly recommended to add to your Bangkok Family Itinerary.

04. Bangkok Sky train (BTS) Day Pass

BTS is the fastest and best way to commute in busy Bangkok. It might be the most economical way to beat notorious Bangkok gridlocks too, both in ฿ baht and time saved.

Each BTS card is valued at ฿140, 4 trips (inclusive to/fro) will recoup the investment. Plan your activities along BTS stations to maximise card. (Hint Chitlom, Siam for shopping and eating galore)

BTS map

Get the voucher at Klook counter (either airport or Siam Centre), then exchange them at BTS, on the day you take the ride.

Expect some easy walking from 10 to 15 minutes between BTS station and your destination. (Unless you are taking Grab)

If you have the BTS day pass, you can avoid the ticket queues.

05. HealthLand Spa Treatment

We clock 15000 to 25000 steps daily easily. We needed a massage to sooth away the strains and knots. What better way then to go for a soothing Thai massage.

In short, no Bangkok Family Itinerary is complete without at least one massage!

Thai massage is always affordable, consider ฿250 to ฿400 for 60 mins, this is only $12 to $20 SGD! If you go to those Massage found in Night Market, even cheaper haha 🙂

Healthland franchise is slightly more upmarket, we enjoyed a 2 hours Thai Massage.

Do take note that after collecting you Klook vouchers, you need to make an appointment with Healthland directly.

The Asoke branch looks like a mansion, their reception feels exactly like a hotel!

Massage was soothing, but maybe lack a bit of kick. This is my personal preference. I have experienced more “skillful” Thai massage in Singapore and Bangkok before 🙂

First timers would enjoy the exquisite experience.

If this is your first time using Klook voucher, grab my $5 discount (detail at end of blog post) and book your Healthland massage in Bangkok.

06.Downtown Van Airport Transfer

I would say SGD 28 for airport transfer is very affordable (package for up to 8 or 10pax). If I take the BTS, Grab or Taxis, the difference in Baht (for 7 pax)  would be negligible.

No need to rush and pull our luggage along. Driver will normally reach earlier and wait for you at your accommodation.

Reach airport in comfort, ready to checkout from Bangkok Thailand 🙂

Klook usage recommendations:

a.Download Klook App, so you can always get updated contacts and instructions for your bookings. To be really safe, print out hardcopy of your bookings.

b. Follow Klook Facebook for latest promotions. They have curated itineraries too (eg Bangkok in 72 hours). Klook website -> https://www.klook.com/en-SG

c.Take note of what is included in package. Some itineraries might not include meals (example).

d.Read the “very” detail Klook instructions. Take note of tickets pickup timing, location and venue. And transfer pickup location too.

For example, some vouchers (eg BTS) are collected at Airport, but you still need to exchange for tickets at BTS station

e.For activities which include car or van transfers, take note of contact details of vendor and driver. We were a bit worried when the driver did not Whatsapp us 24 hours beforehand. But all our drivers were on time.

f.Contact Klook Online or (MobileApp) “Ask Klook” if in doubt (instead of email). The team is very responsive and helpful.

g.Klook counters are not opened 24 hours. If you arrive at 6am, you might need to wait until Klook (or partner) counter is opened. Suvarnabhumi Airport is huge, and too little English instructions, it took us a while to find the Klook corner

Try to consolidate and get all your Klook tickets at Suvarnabhumi  Airport.
The Klook counter in Siam Centre is always packed, with many folks trying out their sim card.

h. For first time Klook users, and from now till 31 Dec 2019, simple key in code <SENGKANG5> to enjoy $5 your first booking

 

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Thanks to Klook, we have x3 $50 vouchers to Giveaway. This voucher can be used for any destination.

Contest is on our Fanpage
1. Fans must first LIKE Klook Singapore and  SengkangBabies Fanpage

2. Comment In Facebook and tell us an unusual activity which you might wish to attempt with your family (The activity need not be from our recommendation)

3. Tag 3 friends / Share the Facebook post (set as public)

4. Contest ends 22 Jan 10 pm, and three winners will be pick randomly

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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
Little Zoo Cafe (photos)
Bangkok Bike Tour (photos)

ps.. The Klook services featured in this Blog post were sponsored.