Starting in the heart of Chinatown, our bike ride explores its frenetic market environment. Winding through narrow alleyways, our senses come alive with the sights, sounds, and smells of a community in motion. We’ll pass by Yaowarat Road and shophouses selling everything from Buddhist amulets to recycled truck engines. Locals worshiping at hidden temples, ritual paper burnings, and the omnipresent spirit house display evidence of a culture centuries in the making. Crossing the Chao Phraya River with majestic views of the city skyline behind us, we visit Thonburi, the historic third capital of Thailand. Contrasting chaotic Chinatown, peaceful elements of local Thai life abound as we cycle through diverse residential communities. Inquisitive smiles and friendly greetings reinforce the feeling we have truly left the “beaten path” and are now experiencing the REAL Bangkok.
As Co founder me, together with Audrey, Prem and Bobby continue the legacy of Co van Kessel, who sadly passed away in 2012. He was an innovative and adventurous man, pioneered bicycle tours in Bangkok more than 30 years ago. Making it his goal to re-discover Bangkok, Co spent thousands of hours on his mountain bike exploring the vast network of local streets, alleyways, footpaths and canals between the main urban thoroughfares. What he found, lurking behind the facade of modernisation, were hidden worlds of peace and tranquility, a picture of “real” Bangkok life that has remained unchanged for countless decades. His routing and philosophy transformed what was once an eccentric diversion into one of Bangkok’s most unique and inspirational travel experiences that we are proud to offer guests from all over the world.
My mission is to provide our guests with a singularly unique travel experience in Thailand. All our experiences use Co’s extensive topographical knowledge of the greater Bangkok area as well as his keen eye for the interesting to take you where nobody else can or will.
For women, knees and shoulders should be covered during temple visits. Dress modestly or bring a cover-up (such as a scarf or sarong). Moderate cycling skills and balance and control on a bicycle at a low pace is required to join.
The Co Classical Bangkok bicycle Tour