Bangkok is definitely worth visiting. Buuuuut….. the smells, the noises, and the crowds can send you into sensory OVERLOAD! My favorite way to decompress is to escape for the day in a smaller, quieter part of town. Also known as the “green lung,” Bang Krachao is an artificial island created by the Chao Phraya River and a small canal. The island is full of luscious, jungle greens with small paths for bike riding.
Getting there is simple. Just take a motorbike/taxi to Khlong Toei Pier. Once you are there, walk toward the water, down the ramp and they will know where to take you! Pae- Jaeb Pier. Here, you rent your bike for just 80B for the day! They will supply you with a map (I just use Maps on my iPhone) and a bottle of water.
Then, the day is yours!
I usually start to head to the furthest destination first, Bangkok Treehouse. Usually, about halfway, I get hot and thirsty so I stop here at Bike & Cafe.
The Butterfly Pea Tea is highly recommended. But DON’T eat lunch yet! You’ll want to save that for the market!
Once you make it to the Treehouse, you can sip on more tea or water, or beer. Whatever your little heart desires, while you sit in the treetops.
Once you’ve finished your photo ‘sesh, it’s off to the market for lunch! And a little shopping, if you please.
On the way to the park, I stop by the temple of Ganesh. If you don’t know what that is or what in the world to do, don’t’ worry, the people at the temple can explain everything and take you through it if you ask. And they appreciate you asking!
Last stop, the park!
Now, I haven’t mastered the jungle paths yet because my mom has a hard time on the narrow paths, and Joey gets annoyed by the heat and other riders. But, if you go and will explore with me, I’m all for it! *I plan on going by myself this December… just so I can do what I’d like without putting others at discomfort.