Gather at the Grasshopper Shop
Meet at the Grasshopper Adventures Shop near Khao San Rd at 5:30pm. The tour will depart at 6pm sharp. Make sure you allow plenty of time to get here, allowing for peak hour traffic. After a quick bike fitting and briefing we head out. Staying off the roads we wind our way through small lane ways, past ancient temples and canals to see the heart and soul of Bangkok.
Cycle and ferry to Wat Arun
After passing through Tammasat University, at around sunset, you'll be on a local ferry crossing the Chao Phraya River, Thailand's biggest river. Once across the river we ride quiet back roads to Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn. At night Wat Arun is spectacularly lit and free of the throngs of tourists who flock here daily. After enjoying the quiet ambiance of the temple we ride along a river side track passing a Chinese temple, Christian church, and another Buddhist temple.
Visit the Flower Market
Crossing back over the Chao Phraya, this time by bridge, we stop at the flower market which is at its busiest at this time of night. The market is a riot of colour and also a great place to snack on some of the local delights from the many street stalls.
Next stop is Wat Pho, another spectacularly lit temple. The highlight here are the four burial stupas of the first four kings of the Bangkok kingdom. The temple is peaceful and quiet, so different from coming during the day.
Return to the Grasshopper Shop
Riding on past the Grand Palace we find ourselves in Sanam Luang which comes to life in the evening with an impromptu market. There's lots of junk and trinkets for sale all laid out on simple mats - a true flee market. From here we finish back at our shop in the Khao San Road area which around this time is just starting to build up for another big night out for the backpackers who stop over here.
The tour usually takes 3-4 hours but this is variable by group. Dinner is not included in the tour but we do include some fun and tasty snacks when stopped at the flower market.
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