What picture springs to mind when you think of Bangkok? Streets grid locked with traffic is possibly one of the most common images of Thailand’s capital city. It’s also likely to be one of the things most visitors would like to avoid. Getting around the city is actually easier than you think, with cycling featuring high on the list of options. In recent years, cycling has grown in popularity among residents of this city, with bike sales soaring, cycle tracks being upgraded and cycling events drawing huge crowds.
Bangkok may not be one of the world’s most bicycle-friendly cities, but things are getting better. Before you head out on two wheels the best way to get a feel for the city and find your way around is with a bike tour.
Bangkok Bike Tours – A Great Way to Explore
If you want a unique look at this bustling capital city taking to two wheels under the direction of a guide allows you to tick off many must-see attractions and get access to the tangle of backstreets and residential neighbourhoods. Venture away from the main traffic arteries and you get a whole new perspective of Bangkok. Whether you’re staying in luxury apartments in the Lancaster Bangkok, or any other type of accommodation, you’ll be transported to areas that include tree-lined canals, secret gardens and neighbourhoods with a village like atmosphere.
Staying Safe in Bangkok – Tips for Cyclists
After a tour guides introduction, if you still like the idea of exploring on two wheels, here are some tips to help you stay safe.
Tip 1 – try to wear bright colours whenever possible as this will make you more visible to Bangkok’s other road users.
Tip 2 – always wear a helmet. There are some excellent bicycle shops in the city if you didn’t have space in your luggage to pack your own.
Tip 3 – there are bike lanes in the city but unfortunately, there are often obstacles such as parked cars and food carts. The safer option, on many occasions is to ride with the traffic.
Tip 4 – signalling is vital if you’re turning.
Tip 5 – stay to the left as this is the driving side for Thailand.
Riding a bicycle in any busy city can be entertaining to say the least. You need to be aware of what is going on around you and indicate your intentions to other road users. Always wear the appropriate safety gear as it will protect you should the unthinkable happen.