After living in Bangkok for 16 years this is one of my favourite things to do and so different from the rest of this cosmopolitan city! This area is called Bangkrachao or the “Green Lung of Bangkok” nestled along the Chao Phraya river. It is famous for green vegetation where no skyscrapers exist. Instead you see mangrove swamps, village shops and local markets.
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A couple of the tour companies do Day trips here such as Grasshopper Adventures (I did one of their tours in Myanmar – read here) and Spice Roads. These tours are fantastic and take all the need for planning, however if you are looking to explore more, or have little time or budget you can do it all by yourself too, read below how:
How to get there:
You need to take a few transport modes for the most economical way to reach the Green Lung of Bangkok!
- Get the sky train to Bang Na station (approx 40 baht per person depending where in Bangkok you are coming from)
- Grab a taxi, lots come by on the main roads, to Bang Na pier (approx 50 baht per taxi)
- At the pier there are boats that cross the river to the lung of Bangkok. The boat is great for people watching as bicycles, motorbikes and pedestrians alike use this boat. It is also the more affordable form of transport at 8 baht per person!
Total price one way is less than 100 baht – thats US$2 what a bargain!
If you are feeling brave on the way back, after the boat ride there are these red open back trucks with seatings (called Song Taews) which cost 10 baht and will take you back to Bang Na sky train.
What to do:
Bicycle rental // On arrival there will be bicycles for rent at 50 baht for the day (£1!) which is such a great deal. You just need to provide your Id and off you go!
Cycling // the company provides a map and the whole area has clearly marked bicycle lane making it super fun to wander around! It is an eco-tourism area with lots of different green areas to see and do.
Bicycle Cafe // feeling peckish and need some air conditioning from the humidity do check out bicycle cafe. It’s on the main route towards the floating market so you can’t miss it! I had a caramel frappe which was super tasty. We also used this as a toilet pit stop and also plan the rest of the day using the map.
Floating market // this place is one of the main sights of the lung of Bangkok. It is a wonderful site with lots of street sellers with all sorts of different food from around Thailand. They also have some bands performing and sit down eateries all along the river. This place feels very local and great spot if looking for a traditional side of Bangkok!
I had so much fun at this place and hope you do too!