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Last updated: 10 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Chris Schalkx

A bike ride might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you first step foot into Bangkok’s cacophonous Chinatown. But venture away from the rip-roaring tuk-tuks and jam-packed side streets, and you’ll soon discover that this colourful district perfectly lends itself for exploration on two wheels.

During guided tours, you’ll pedal past incense-swirled spirit houses and hidden wet markets in Chinatown’s back alleys, then continue via longtail boat to palm groves and stilted villages in the city’s rural suburbs.

Small groups and frequent informative stops make for a fascinating peek into the daily lives of the city’s residents, and to discover the Big Mango from an unexpected angle.

Price from: £20
Minimum age: 3
Age suitable: 13+
When: All year around
Duration: 3-5 hours

Getting there & doing it

Tours usually last 3-5 hours or more. While 5 hours on a bicycle might sound daunting given Bangkok’s blistering heat, frequent breaks and boat trips make it easier than it sounds.

Don’t rush for the cancel button when the sky is looking grey on the day of your tour. Drizzles rarely last for more than thirty minutes, and the colder air makes a ride all the more refreshing.

Some operators have children’s bikes and adult bikes with baby seats. There’s no reason not to bring your kids along.

When to do it

Tours run all year round, though the cooler months between November and February are offer the most pleasant cycling weather.

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Loy La Long

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[0.3 miles]

A disarmingly eclectic boutique hotel with river views like no other, and rooms with balconies over the water. One of Bangkok’s best budget stays.

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Ariyasom Villas

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[0.3 miles]

Beautiful, intimate boutique hotel in a 1940s villa surrounded by tranquil, lush gardens with a relaxing spa. Excellent location for sightseeing nd shopping.

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ASAI Bangkok Chinatown

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[0.5 miles]

A hyper-smart design hotel on the fringe of Chinatown, within walking distance of legendary street eats and kaleidoscopic temples, but out of earshot from roaring tuk-tuks and rowdy market vendors.

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Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[1.5 miles]

Landmark luxury at Bangkok’s most famous hotel, on the banks of the Chao Phraya River.

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