Visit Old Bangkok on a full-day, 19-mile (30-km) bike ride to glimpse the city as it was only a few decades ago. Pedal to the Bangkok Noi canal and the Thonburi train depot, watch artisans craft gold alms bowls, and explore centuries-old temples before a longboat ride at a floating market.
Hop on your bike at the Royal Plaza, a central square with views of Bangkok's fantastically gilded and ornate Grand Palace. Pedal serenely along the banks of the Chao Phraya River and cross over the Rama VIII cable bridge into peaceful Thonburi, where an ancient way of life can still be seen and the frenetic bustle of modern Bangkok feels miles away.
Admire the majestic, Khmer-style prang of the temple of Wat Arun, which is encrusted in mosaics of seashells and porcelain, and pass by Wat Rakhang, the Temple of the Bells. Ride by the historic Thonburi train station—this former depot now houses a museum—then stop to watch artisans crafting handmade alms bowls for monks.
Stop at a traditional Thai restaurant by the Bangkok Noi canal, where a delicious meal awaits. After lunch, hop back on your bike and cruise toward the Taling Chan floating market, where locals peddle sweets, produce, and seafood from boats. At the Lad Ma Yom market, cool down with a scoop of homemade ice cream, then trade your bikes for a traditional Thai longboat, ending your day with a relaxing cruise down the historic khlong canals for a look at waterfront life in Bangkok as it used to be.