Go behind the scene of urban Bangkok, and make the most of your days in the city of angels. Go by long tail boat into the small canals where houses are built on stilts above the water, and the local communities thriving. Explore the backstreets by bicycle and feel the contrasts between high rise buildings and narrow alley ways; from concrete jungle to Bangkok's green lunges. When you arrive in the airport, tired after a long flight, there will be someone to pick you up, and take you straight to New Road Guest House – your comfort zone in a new city. Here the Go Beyond Asia travel advisors will be waiting for you, and to empty their backpack of knowledge into yours. The Bangkok Urban Exploration is your gateway to explore Bangkok beyond the ordinary.
Included: Meals: 3 breakfast & 1 Lunch
Accommodation: 3 nights at New Road Guest House according to your choice of “Dorm” or “Private” (see “Rates” and “Type of Accommodation”)
Transport: Transfer from airport to guest house
Activities and tours: Backwaters of Bangkok Tour and Bike Tour Not included: · Travel insurance (Compulsory)
· Transport to/from starting point of bike tour. Please see the itinerary for details of meeting point.
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
· Soft landing in Bangkok with airport pickup and urban explorations
· Experience the wooden houses on stilts and local life in the Klongs
· Explore the two hidden gems: The Artist’s House and Wat Khun Chan Temple
· Feed the hundreds of catfish and see the river come to life
· Get insider knowledge when visiting an Orchid and Fruit Farm
· Bicycle through local fresh markets & working-class neighbourhoods
· Get backstage where only few tourist ventures out
· Literally get to experience the green lungs of Bangko
Day 1: Arrival package at New Road Guest House
After a long journey you can look forward to a comfortable start and laid-back stay in the hectic city of Bangkok. Upon arrival in Bangkok you will be met by our representative, and taken straight to New Road Guest House – Your comfort zone in the middle of the unknown. After you have checked in, the day will be free for you to familiarise yourself with the city. If you need inspiration or information, just pop by our Travel Center, where the friendly Travel Advisors are ready to point you in the right directions, and answer all the questions you have at heart.
Day 2: Backwaters of Bangkok
The tour starts at New Road Guest House at 9.00 hrs, where you will meet up with your guide, who takes you to the nearby pier to board our long tail boat. From here you'll move down the Chao Phraya the main river in Bangkok, with amazing backdrop views of the Bangkok skyline, before making a turn to enter the klongs.
You will pass a range of local wooden stilt houses with clothes hanging to be dried in the sun, a local "7 eleven", klong style. Feel the atmosphere of having entered the klongs.
You will hear Thai music being played from the houses, you will see birds looking at the trespassing boats, if you are lucky you will spot one of the sunbathing lizards.
The first stop is at the temple Wat Khun Chan where you will be inspired by the postmodern temples on one side of the klongs and the feeling of old days on the other with the beauty of the river crossing through the landscape. From there it's onwards to the artist place, with old wooden walkways with artists, an old barber shop, an old grocery, vintage posters, colors of freedom, and a small stupa licking the sunlight. Feel the quietness surrounding this place.
You will continue to the orchid farm where your guide will share his thorough knowledge about the orchids and how to make a lunch pack with materials found in the nature – a quite amazing place. A stop will be made where you can feed holy Catfish. It's a remarkable sight when hundreds of fish come to the surface seemingly out of nowhere!
Upon leaving the klongs you will see several houses on stilts and how locals live in small houses on the river. Then we leave the quietness and get back to noisy, Chao Phraya river and the majestic grand palace. The tour ends at the Chao Phraya River, Pier 9 around 12.30. From here the rest of the day is free for you to do as you please. You can visit the temples on your own, continue to the shopping malls or take the public ferry and sail back to New Road Guest House. Your guide can point you in the right direction.
Accommodation: New Road Guest House in Dorm/Backpackit AirCon
Please note that the Backwaters of Bangkok half day tour needs a minimum of 3 persons to operate. If the minimum is not, we will either rearrange the days and/or substitute with another experience, or refund this part of the itinerary. Should this be needed, we will always do this in co-ordination and agreement with you.
Day 3: Bike tour in Bangkok
Start you day with a hearty breakfast, and either doze around or explore the city in the morning.
You bike tour begins at 13:00 from Sukhumvit Road, Soi 26. You will need to arrange your own transportation to/from the starting point – just ask the Travel Advisors at New Road for information on the best way to get there.
Once ready, you will cycle through the lively Klong Toey market, far away from Bangkok's congested roads. Here you'll find a year–round, colorful mixture of Thai and Chinese goods for sale. The route will also take you through a working–class neighborhood, where you can experience yet another side of the metropolis. You'll also pass through "Little Chinatown" where children enthusiastically wave and yell "hello" at the unusual sight of foreigners on bicycles. When you cross the river, you will enter the jungle area, cycling on the narrow concrete pathways and enjoying the natural environment and cozy atmosphere among the local people.
Accommodation: New Road Guest House in Dorm/Backpackit AirCon
Day 4: Check out
Check out from New Road Guest House at 12 noon. Drop by at the Travel Center, where the Travel Advisors will be happy to help you get to your next destination.
New Road Guest House, Klong Tour, Bike Trip,
Child age: 2 to 11. Infants below 2 years.
Child Price: See “Rates”. Infants are free of charge.
This tour is not recommended for: Children below 6 years
Please be aware of:
Bike Tour: Baby/children-chairs are available for children up to 5 years (depending on the length/weight of the child). For children who are taller children-seats at the back with footrests are provided.
Children bicycles of 24 and 22 inch are available. If the guide thinks that the child cannot do the tour the guide will always advise and therefore refuse the child to participate in the tour due to safety precautions. The child can then sit at the children-seat of one of the parents.
Dorm room- with shared bathroom and aircon at New Road Guest House
Private Room- Backpackit Air Con Room with private bathroom at New Road Guest House
Car or Minivan, Long Tail Boat, Walking & Cycling
Visit Beyond operates trips in Thailand throughout the year-including the rainy season-and changes may result from inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances. We reserve the right to change the itinerary according to such circumstances as we see fit to ensure the best experience for our customers.
Bangkok’s backstreets and green areas, Local market, Asiatique shopping mall