When you first arrive in Bangkok you may not be able to imagine cycling through this seemingly chaotic city, but once you delve a little deeper, you’ll find there are some slices of calm and quiet in and around the city that are perfect for an afternoon stroll or cycle. While Bangkok did introduce the Pun Pun Bike sharing system around five years ago, it’s still not exactly recommended for tourists to simply grab a bike and go. Instead, read on to find out what we think are the best places to go cycling in Bangkok so you can safely get your cycling fix while exploring the city.
Benjakiti Queen’s Park
Benjakiti Queen’s Park is one of the better parks in the city for cycling as it offers both bike hire and cycle paths throughout. The main cycle route through Benjakti is 2km long and encircles Lake Rajada in the heart of the park. The pathway is generally shaded which is perfect for getting out of the hot Thai sunshine. It is important to note that the cycle path is only open between the hours of 06 AM – 09 AM and 4 PM – 7 PM, so it’s not ideal for an afternoon cycle.
Lumpini Park, on the other hand, is open from 10 AM to 3 PM. It’s actually connected to Benjakiti Queen’s Park via a pathway and cycle lane. You can therefore easily combine the two parks taking in the sights of both in one day. Lumpini is an excellent spot for people watching, especially on weekends, when locals gather for festivals, fairs, markets, and other interesting activities.
Lumpini is accessible by both the MRT and BTS transport systems and bike hire is available.
Ko Kret (Nonthaburi)
The island of Ko Kret (Nonthaburi) in the Chao Phraya River has long been inhabited by Mon refugees and is famous for Mon pottery traditions that they brought with them. The island is a peaceful place to explore, especially by bicycle. The small island has a circular cycle route with lush green surrounds and plenty of terracotta potted plants dotted along the pathways. Ko Kret is accessible by taxi from central Bangkok (around 200 Baht each way) and it is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Rattanakosin Island, also known simply as Old Town, is most famous for the huge Grand Palace and the reclining Buddha of Wat Pho. However, many people aren’t aware that this can also be a great place to cycle. Many of the streets of Rattanakhosin meander along the Chao Phraya River, allowing you to take in some top sights en route. The Rama VIII Bridge, the Santicha Prakan Park fortress and Sanam Luang park are all good places for a cycle or stroll. Rent a bike around the Phra Athit Road area and spend your day sight-seeing, people-watching and dining out on some traditional Thai dishes and desserts.
Just on the outskirts of the city (around six miles out), lies the green haven that is Bang Kachao. This peaceful retreat can be accessed for just $3/day (B100) and you will feel as though you are worlds away from the chaos and pollution of the city. Not many tourists know about this spot, as locals are mostly there on weekends, so if you choose to explore on a weekday you may well have the whole place to yourself!
Papaya groves and coconut trees line the sides of the cycle paths allowing you to breathe in fresh scents as you ride. – it’s not called ‘Bangkok’s Green Lung’ for nothing!
There you have it, the best places to cycle in Bangkok. If you have stumbled across any other top cycle routes in the city we’d love to hear about them, so drop us a comment below!