Bangkok Canal Tour by Boat and Bike

53 Ratings
  • Live Guide
  • Group Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 5 hr

Explore Bangkok from two perspectives, by boat and bike, for a unique sightseeing experience. Start with exploring the Portuguese community and indulging traditional dry cake with freshly brewed coffee.Cruise down the Chao Phraya River and get lost in the tangle of canals; golden temples and historic landmarks dot your route. Fuel up with a tasty Thai lunch for your bike tour through the city, riding down atmospheric alleyways and discovering off-the-radar Buddhist temples such as Wat Kalyanamit. Make stops along the way to learn the history of the sights and experience local culture. Numbers are limited to 10 on this small-group tour.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Grasshopper Active - Thailand Day Tours

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At:

Gather at the Grasshopper Shop - Meet at the Grasshopper Adventures Shop across MRT Sam Yod station next block to Miramar hotel at 9:30 am. The tour will depart at 10 am sharp. Make sure you allow plenty of time to get here, taking into account the heavy Bangkok traffic. After a quick bike fitting and briefing we are off on the bikes. Cycling off the main roads we use small lanes, alleyways and canal boats to immerse you into the soul of Bangkok.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Santa Cruz Church

Go along the banks of the Chao Phraya River is where Bangkok first began. Stopping at the first Christian community of Santa Cruz to visit the descendants of the early Portuguese traders who have been making a Portuguese cupcake for over 5 generations.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Wat Kalayanamit Varamahavihara

Pedal to Chinese Thai temple of Wat Kalayanamit and the site of Bangkok's first Chinatown. Wat Kalyanamit houses Bangkok's largest sitting Buddhist image. Next stop will be at the Chapel of Wat Hongrattanaram. We will briefly see a shrine devoted to the first king of Bangkok, Taksin. This temple is the largest in Thonburi and according to some the most beautiful in Bangkok.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Khlong Bang Luang Artist House

Cycling back lanes and pedaling along small tree-lined canals you will arrive at an old wooden market with a historic community temple. Centuries ago trading communities formed along the canals on the outskirts of Bangkok to buy the goods coming to market from the outlying farms and orchards. The former wealth of these trading communities can be seen in the elegant architecture of the temples they left behind. A local Thai lunch by Bang Luang Canal Enjoy a simple tasty Thai lunch in a local eatery by the canal in the grounds of the community temple. Traditional Thai Puppet Show A group of Artists have taken up residence in a 200 year old traditional wooden house on the banks of Khlong Bang Luang. Inside the Artist's House is an art gallery and gift shop. But most interesting of all is the performance the Hoon Lek puppeteers. Combining traditional Khon dance makes for probably the most unique form of puppetry you may ever see. There is a performance most days, except when the puppet troupe is away. The modern inhabitants of the old wooden trading houses these days sell artwork and vintage crafts as well as fish food for your to feed the abundant fish in the canal.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By:

Back on canal and bike to the shop. Stowing the bikes in the back of a long tail boat you and your guide wend your way down the ancient canals to Chao Phraya River. Sailing up the River of the Kings you will pass the Grand Palace before docking near Khaosan Rd. Return to the Grasshopper Shop Disembarking from the boat with your bike pedal a short distance back to the Grasshopper shop to finish the tour around 3:30 pm. The bike tour usually takes 4 - 5 hours but this is variable by group. Lunch is included in the bike tour.
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