Delve into the morning commotion of Chinatown to explore the local eateries and traditional shops that bring this area to life. Pass over the Chao Phraya River into the Thonburi district to visit its temples and wet markets and stop at the Princess Mother Memorial Park and the Temple of Dawn.
Begin this half-day, 9-mile (15 km) cycling tour at a boisterous Chinatown street market and take a peek at the neighborhood's bustling retail shops and tempting eateries. Make your way through winding back alleys and then cross over the Chao Phraya River into Thonburi, passing by traditional markets and ornate Buddhist temples. Stop for a breather in the Princess Mother Memorial park, built in remembrance of the king's mother, Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Pedal on to Santa Cruz Catholic Church—built in the 18th century, this church on the banks of the river is a prime example of the architectural influence of the Portuguese colonial era. Snap a few photos and refuel with a sweet Portuguese dessert, then continue on to Wat Kalayanamit, the Temple of Good Friends. This temple houses Thailand's second largest Buddha sculpture and the biggest bronze bell in Thailand.
Finally, hop off your bike at Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn. Admire the temple's architecture and its 5 towering spires as your guide shares the fascinating history of this area, which dates back to the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Your tour concludes with a loop back to where you began.