When you really think about it, “bicycle” and “Bangkok” are two words that do not seem to go very well together. You might be very surprised that they really can mix perfectly.

With more and more people coming to Thailand, the search for new and exciting ideas and trips has brought forth something that might be quite “bizarre” at first glance. Cycling in Bangkok is definitely a bit “stranger” than other stuff.

But of course, you are not riding down Sukhumvit Road or Patpong at rush hour.

Your experienced tour-leader will...well...lead!

You may start out in a slightly populated part of the city. Then you cross the Chao Phraya River and enter a part of Bangkok where few tourists would even know exist. You will be amazed by the calm and village-like atmosphere while you are riding through orchards and palm plantations along small waterways, passing temples and small communities that have not seen by many tourists.

That’s when Bangkok – the hot, congested, noisy metropolis – seems to be half a world away.

Believe it or not: this is Bangkok!

Cycling as a part of the holidays becomes an ever more popular idea. Ten years ago, there was probably one pioneer company, dreaming up a tour like “Cycling Chinatown”. Nowadays the number of cycling operators grows steadily.

You also have the opportunity in other places to see something and stay (or get) fit. In the Historical Parks of Sukhothai and Ayutthaya, bikes and maps are available. You can start the tour whenever you like, stop where you like, take as much time as you want at certain places and do some spectacular sightseeing at your own pace.

School classes are not the only ones enjoying Sukhothai by bike

This becomes even more attractive when you combine a trip to Ayutthaya on board the Mekhala with extensive cycling/ sightseeing in  Ayutthaya. First you cruise the majestic Chao Phraya river or the “River of Kings” at a slow pace and afterwards cycle the ancient capital of Siam. It is absolutely a great way to make the most out of this experience.

Cycling tour is becoming more and more popular in the north of Thailand as well. What started out as some hotels offering mountain bikes for rent has turned into a bigger part of the tourism industry over the years.

The roads between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai boast breathtaking scenes. There are a lot of things to see, from temples to waterfalls to ethnic hill tribes. The cycling tours range from easy and family friendly to challenging tours, through mountainous terrain.

And you can choose from a short half-a-day tour to a multi-day program between the cities. It seems there is a trend here.

So, be active, while at the same time, take it slow to see things from different points of views. Don’t just hop on and off a bus, take pictures and drive on. Do things slow and take in the experience.

I did it myself, so…excuse the unsteady camera work.

For sure an excellent way to explore the Land of Smiles!