Getting around on a touring bike, taxi, or tuk-tuk while on holiday in the cities or central tourist regions in Thailand is standard. However, when you want to get away from Bangkok for a more peaceful and pleasurable experience, Bang Kachao is for you. It is the green lung of Bangkok, a perfect place to discover by a rented boneshaker.
Bang Kachao is very bicycle-friendly, and you can dreamily enjoy the sights and sounds of the island. Beautiful trees line either side of the road, and although you might occasionally see a motorbike or car, it is more tranquil than the city.
If you want to get away from the city for a day, visiting Bang Kachao and exploring the area by motorbike is the ultimate experience; just don't forget to wear a dome!
Ban Kachao, located in Bangkok city, is an artificial island formed by bends in the local Chao Phraya River. 16 km in size, the island has a small population but is famous as an urban oasis and is sometimes called the ‘green lung’ by locals. The Bangkok city folks get away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis for a few hours and relax in Bang Kachao.
Nature lovers and those who like to rent a bicycle and explore the surroundings love the Bang Kachao peninsula. The Burmese Mon people initially populated the area when they first settled in Thailand, but times have changed. One great thing about Bang Kachao is that it remains undeveloped and protected today to preserve nature in the district.
You can take a boat to Bang Kachao, and you will be dropped off at a wooden pier. Here you will be able to get a motorbike taxi to become a back warmer and take you wherever you want, and don't forget to put a brain bucket on, but we recommend you explore the island by a ring stretcher. You can bring your bicycle with you on the boat or rent one for the whole day for as little as 100 THB. Alternatively, you can rent a motorbike for 50 THB per hour.
Approximately 1km from the pier, you will arrive at the Sri Nakhon Khuan Khan Park, which covers almost half of the island. It is an untouched part of Bang Kachao filled to the brim with native trees. If you are a bird-watching and wildlife fan, the park is the ultimate place to stop on your bike to take in the scenery.
The expansive flora and fauna take the experience to the next level. When you want to do something a bit different or are tired of the fast-paced nature of Bangkok City, take a look at Bang Kachao. Staying vertical on a bike ride around Bang Kachao will realign your senses and bring you back to life.
As Gilbert Chesterton once said, “the traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”
So, until next time... Rumble on!
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