I have been to Bangkok so many times over the past 6 years with Emirates, and it’s a destination I’m always happy to return to. Delicious Thai food, amazing cheap massages, and a short-ish flight makes it a popular destination for almost everyone!
However, as with every destination that you’ve been to more times than you can count, you end up getting into your routine there. (See above – Thai food and a great massage!). So when I was there recently and one of our crew suggested visiting a small island in the city for a day out, I jumped at the chance!
Bang Kachao, known as “Bangkok’s Green Lung” is the perfect escape from the busy city – a forested island with cycling trails, cafés and a nature park just waiting to be explored.
We took a taxi from our hotel to the river and jumped on a tiny boat to take us across to the island. The boat cost about 10 Baht each!
Once we arrived, we got out right at the bike hire place, and for 80 Baht found ourselves a bike each to hire for the day. The island isn’t completely car-free, but almost everyone gets around on bikes or little scooters.
We set off around the island, with a very basic map and no real plan of where we were heading!
There are lots of pretty places to stop at along the way, with plenty to see. It was a very hot day so we stopped off for a cool drink in the shade after a while, before continuing along the bike paths.
Some of the paths are pretty narrow, and you have to watch out for scooters.
Eventually we started to get hungry, and one of the crew knew of a hotel and restaurant on the island called Bangkok Tree House, so we cycled on towards it for some lunch.
It’s a calm oasis in the middle of the island, and although the food was delicious it was quite a bit more expensive than the cheap street food meals you get used to in Bangkok!
After lunch (and some much needed air-con!) we continued our cycle along the paths, eventually arriving at a lovely park.
After a while it was time to head back towards the bike hire to drop our bikes back off and take the boat back to the city.
Bang Kachao was such a fun day out, and while I have no idea how many kilometres we cycled, it was certainly enough to deserve a nice Pad Thai for dinner!