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Bangkok is one of those cities that I’ve found myself in a few times over the past few years. It’s not only an awesome and iconic city in itself, but it’s also a gateway to exploring other destinations in Thailand. The thing is, as I’ve been to Bangkok before, I was searching for a new way to experience the city, which is when I found the Grasshopper Adventures Bangkok Night Tour. This bike tour looked awesome and promised to show the hidden side to Bangkok and I can honestly say after doing it, this is exactly what it did!
So, if you’re a lover of all things off the beaten tracks, beating crowds and seeing a city from a locals perspective, this is going to be right up your street! Keep reading to find out what it offers and why you need to add this alternative tour of Bangkok to your list of must-dos.
The guys at Grasshopper Adventures really know what they’re doing
The Grasshopper Adventure Bangkok Night Tour has been running for over 11 years, so you’re definitely in safe hands. I hadn’t spent a lot of time on a bike in the past, well, decade really, but the team were so nice and reassuring that it just wasn’t an issue. Our tour started with an introduction from our hilarious guide Woody as to what the route is like, where we will be going and the types of roads we would be cycling on. I was relieved to hear that most of the tour would be down laneways and backstreets rather than on the busy main roads.
At the time of booking, we all had to give our height so our bikes were ready and adjusted to suit us all comfortably. Now, I don’t know much about bikes but these ones were comfy and I could tell they are well maintained. We were shown how to use the gears if we wanted to, the lights on the front and back for safety and then we were off outside to do a quick test ride to make sure they were all ok.
The tour is eco-friendly and about travelling with a conscience
It’s a mission of mine to try and improve the way I travel to be more environmentally friendly, so a bike tour like this is a great way to do it. Whatsmore, Grasshopper designs their tours to truly be about the location and giving back to the local communities. During the Bangkok night tour with them, we learnt about the history which plays a huge impact on Bangkok today as well as eating snacks from local street vendors. Both helped me to understand more about Thai culture and what is important to the people here, as well as supporting independent businesses rather than big chains.
The guides are awesome!
I can honestly say that our guide Woody was one of the best tour guides I’ve ever had, as well as one of the happiest people I’ve ever met! Right from the start, I could tell that he wasn’t just there to guide us around and keep us all happy, but that he really loves Bangkok. He kept us laughing, made sure we were all doing ok on the bikes and had so much information to share with us. If like me, you’re not too used to being on a bike, I can honestly say you’ll be fine. Woody kept us up to date about when we were going down narrow lanes and when we were going to be cycling on the road so there were no unnerving surprises.
Your mind will be blown away by the history
Did you know that Bangkok is not actually Bangkok? Did you know that Wat Arun was not originally called Wat Arun? And did you know that Wat Pho isn’t exactly called Wat Pho and that is has standing buddhas inside its 4 largest towers? I certainly didn’t! Honestly, until this tour with Grasshopper Adventures, I knew very little about Bangkok. What’s even better is that everywhere is super quiet at night and I actually got the chance to properly see places without crowds swallowing me up.
Now, I’m not really much of a history buff but Woody did such an awesome job at making it fun and connecting each place up to the last that it was in no way a dry history lesson. The tour really opened my eyes up to a lot of things that I also probably wouldn’t have learnt about if I’d gone by myself.
Nighttime gives Bangkok a whole different feel
Aside from getting to see some of the most iconic attractions in Bangkok at night, what I loved most about the tour was checking out the hidden laneways and viewpoints that I would never have found. I couldn’t believe it when we rode just a couple of streets away from the Grasshopper Adventures shop, close to Khao San Road and found ourselves in a vibrant street lined with funky bars and restaurants. A little further on we stopped right by the river to watch the beautiful sunset before riding along the cycle path there to the ferry to cross to the west side. When we got there, we stopped at a beautiful view overlooking the Grand Palace lit up which is spectacular at night.
Our penultimate stop was at the night flower market which is an insane place! Thousands of flowers are brought here from all over Thailand every day and each night a whopping 80% are sold. This market is huge and not only fills a huge indoor market but the surrounding streets are included too. Despite its size, I knew nothing about it which is why this tour is the perfect way to explore things that tourists don’t usually see.
Tom and I have had many a conversation about how different cities feel at night compared to the day, and Bangkok is no different. Because the tour took us to quieter spots in the city though, it really gave me a whole different perspective of Bangkok. Visiting Wat Arun and Wat Pho and night was simply stunning and going across the river with our bikes was definitely a different experience. Nighttime is when Bangkok comes to life but this tour certainly showed me it’s not all just happening around the popular tourist areas.
So, would I recommend the Grasshopper Adventure Bangkok Bike Tour?
You betcha I would! This tour was hands down the best tour I’ve done during my time in Thailand and I got to see parts of Bangkok that there’s no way I would have found by myself. It’s an awesome way to get off the beaten track and see things from a locals perspective as well as learning from a local too. Visiting the temples at night was incredible and I always love finding ways to beat the crowds which is exactly what this tour offers.
I think doing a night bike tour of Bangkok is perfect for anyone who wants to see the city in a different way. If it’s your first time in Bangkok, it’s a great way to get familiar with the city, or if you’re like me and have visited a few times it’s a brilliant way to learn more. The tours are also kept to a small number making it perfect if you’re travelling by yourself or with a friend or 2 as well.
As well as having well thought out routes, awesome bikes and making sure we are all kept safe, Grasshopper Adventures prides themselves in creating tours that have a positive impact on the environment and local people around them which I think is great. It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid cyclist or not, their Bangkok Night Bike Tour is definitely something you have to do when visiting.
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A big thank you to Grasshopper Adventures for hosting Tom and I for this tour. As always all opinions are my own and based on my personal experience.