If you are on holiday in the cities or central tourist regions in Thailand, getting around on a motorbike, taxi or tuk-tuk is standard. However, when you want to get away from Bangkok for a more peaceful and pleasurable experience, then Bang Kachao is for you. It is the green lung of Bangkok, a perfect place to discover by a rented bicycle.
What and Where is Bang Kachao?
Ban Kachao located in Bangkok city is an artificial island that was formed by bends in the local Chao Phraya River. 16km 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 also those who like to rent a bicycle and explore the surroundings love the Bang Kachao peninsula.
If you are looking to get away from the city for a day, visiting Bang Kachao and exploring the area by cycle is the ultimate experience.
The area was initially populated by the Burmese Mon people when they first settled in Thailand, but times have changed. One thing that is great about Bang Kachao is that it remains undeveloped and protected today to preserve nature in the district.
Rent a Bike at Bang Kachao
You can take a boat over to Bang Kachao, and you will be dropped off at a wooden pier. Here you will be able to get a motorbike taxi to take you to wherever you want, but we would recommend you explore the island by a bicycle.
You can either 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 bike for 50 THB per hour.
Bang Kachao is very bicycle friendly, and you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the island dreamily. Beautiful trees line either side of the road, and although you might occasionally see a motorbike or car, it is very tranquil when compared to the city.
Approximately 1km from the pier, you will arrive at the Sri Nakhon Khuan Khan Park, which covers almost half of the island. It is a truly untouched part of Bang Kachao and filled to the brim with native trees.
If you are a fan or bird watching and wildlife, 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 to Bang Kachao. A bike ride around Bang Kachao will realign your senses and bring you back to life.
Map & More
Bang Kachao GPS Location: 13.697698, 100.561301