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Bang Kra Jao: Explore the “Green Lung” of Bangkok

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Visit Bang Kra Jao, famously known as Bangkok’s green oasis. Explore the preserved nature of this green island in a bike tour. Uncover some beautiful hidden spots in this lush paradise, from incredible temples to archeological treasure and floating markets.

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    HIGHLIGHTS

    • Bang Krachao green tour.
    • Bicycle experience in one of the greenest “lung” of Bangkok, the bicycle lanes are far away from all local traffic, cars and motorbikes.
    • City break: Escape from city hustles and Bustles.
    • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off

    Explore the “Green Lung” of Bangkok in a half-day tour at Bang Kra Jao.

    Early in the morning, your driver will meet you at the hotel to reach the meeting point at the entry of Bang Kra Jao, Bangkok’s green lung.
    At 7:30 a.m, meet your English-speaking guide and adjust your bicycle to hit the road and start your little journey.
    The green excursion can finally begin!
    Located just across the Chao Phraya River and a short distance from busy Bangkok lies the natural park of Bang Kra Jao. This incredible green enclave in the heart of Bangkok is more easily accessible by boat and has been amazingly left untouched by developers.
    Explore the lush wilderness of Bang Kra Jao, a biking paradise with its endless bike paths winding through fertile mangrove forests, small farms, quiet villages, and peaceful Buddhist temples.

    The moment you’ll cross the river feels like a welcomed leap in time. You’ll sink in a peaceful place with lush vegetation, a maze of waterways, small villages, temples, and a true tropical jungle. If it weren’t for the Bangkok skyline, you wouldn’t believe you’re so close to the city. You will be far away from the “hustle and bustle” city life, entirely immersed in nature.
    You’ll ride through local communities, past villages, schools, and more than 30 temples. You’ll even get to come across an original floating market (only open on weekends).
    On our journey, we will introduce you to the various flowers and fruits that grow along the way and we’ll stop for refreshments by the river.

    Then, you’ll pursue this wildlife tour with a historical stop. Visit a century-old fascinating temple built in the Ayutthaya period and admire its singular architecture.

    At the end of your 20 km journey, your driver will meet you at the morning meeting point and drive you back to your hotel.

    Useful Information
    One day tour 08:00 – 13:00
    English Speaking Guide
    Local lunch included
    Hotel pickup and drop-off is provided.
    Bike tour, easy and suitable for all levels and ages.
    Approximate duration of the tour: 4 hours
    The ride is a total of 20 kilometers.
    Appropriate clothing is required for visits to sacred sites, temples and pagodas. Cyclists should wear or bring clothing that covers shoulders and knees. Sunscreen is strongly recommended.
    Tour includes: water bottle/person/hike, bike and helmet, local guide, Ssnacks and drinks., ferries/boats during the tour.

    Q&A

    Official Language: Thaï
    Political System: Constitutional monarchy
    Capital: Bangkok
    Surface: 514 000 Km2
    Population: 69 800 000 (June 2021)
    Currency: Bath (TBH)
    Telephone code: +66

    Thai Bath is the national currency. But the US Dollar is also accepted throughout the country and prices are generally displayed in dollars. In the case of a payment in Dollar, the currency will be returned to you in Bath. The Euro and other foreign currencies are easily changeable at airports and markets. Credit cards are now widely used in tourist cities and you can withdraw Dollars. 

    Cash withdrawals are possible in major cities, with a credit card (Visa or American Express). Payments are also possible, in some hotels, luxury shops, or in restaurants. But the cost of the levies (variables) remains quite important (commission of 3%). We advise you to have with you cash allowing you to face your personal expenses during all the duration of the trip.

    Thailand’s economy is, according to the IMF, an emerging market economy, highly dependent on its exports, which represent more than half of the GDP, which in 2015 was $654 billion. To date, Thailand is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia, after Indonesia but ahead of Malaysia. Thailand’s recovery since the Asian economic crisis of 1997 is reflected in particular in specialization in certain export sectors such as car manufacturing, the agri-food industry, electronics or which allow large quantities of foreign currency to enter the country, such as tourism. Thailand’s GDP growth since the beginning of the 21st century has been between -2% and 8%.
    Thai cuisine is very famous: fragrant because it uses a multitude of herbs and roots. Due to its proximity to the sea, the country is rich in seafood, fish, but also farm produce, vegetables, herbs, spices and fruits. The basis of Thai cuisine dishes remains rice, but the most important thing is the balance of flavors between sour, sweet, sweet, sweet, bitter and spicy.

    Thailand covers an area of 513,000 km2 with a distance of 2,000 km from north to south. It borders Laos (East and North-East), Cambodia (South-East), Malaysia (South), and Myanmar (North-West and West).

    Thailand is deeply influenced by Buddhism theravāda, an official religion practiced by almost the entire population (4% Muslims and less than 1% Christians). There is also a great durability of animist beliefs. They are manifested in the belief in magic amulets and in the domestic worship of “spirits of the place” (chao thi), to which are dedicated the houses of spirits, small kiosks in front of houses or shops (when possible) and which Thais thank or pray every day if they can by offerings (necklaces of flowers and food). Most of the country’s festivals are celebrated on the same dates each year, some festivals like the New Year Thai, follow the lunar calendar and move a few days before or after each year.

    No vaccination is required. However, it is recommended to protect yourself against hepatitis A and B (ask your doctor for advice). We advise you to bring your own:

    of a broad-spectrum antibiotic;
    of your usual medications if you are undergoing treatment;
    an anti-diarrheal and an intestinal antiseptic (Intetrix, Immodium…);
    a protective cream against mosquitoes;
    moisturizing sunscreen, lip stick;
    a healing ointment and a local antiseptic.

    Water is not drinkable in Southeast Asia. Avoid tap water, require bottled water. It is harmless and safe to brush your teeth, but do not drink it.
    The kingdom of Siam became a constitutional monarchy in 1932, six years before it became Thailand. Since then, the balance between the royal power, the army and the democratic camp has remained precarious, and no fewer than 20 coups d’état have been attempted or succeeded by the armed forces. Bhumibol Adulyadej crowned in 1950 under the dynastic name of Rama IX, was king of Thailand from 1946 to 2016. A constitutional sovereign, he is the head of state and protector of the religions of Thailand. Upon his death in October 2016, his son Rama X became the new king of Thailand.

    Originally, Thais would have come from southern China (Yunnan province) from the 16th century. However, the Thai language is not related to Chinese. It belongs to the Tai group of the so-called Kam-tai branch of the Tai-kadai language family. While the official language spoken by at least 85% of the population is Thai, linguists count more than 60 languages in Thailand. Thai or Thai is close to the two Lao dialects spoken in Laos (the most important of which is Lao Soung before Lao Soum), The second mother tongue is Chinese, a language present in two dialects (between 1 and 2 million speakers), including Hakka, with about 70,000 speakers. English is the second administrative and commercial language, and is spoken in the second language by 3,500,000 actual or partial speakers.

    MINI GLOSSARY

    Hello woman (kaa) and man (krab): Sawat dee kaa / krab
    Thank you for women (aka man krab): Korp koon kaa / krab
    How much: Thao Rai?
    Expensive: Pearng
    Cheap: Thuuk
    My name is : Di / Phom (Women / Men) Chan

    The mobile telephone network now covers a very large part of the country. You can therefore use your mobile phone in Thailand. In addition, the Internet has made its entry into daily life. Most tourist sites are equipped, hotels and restaurants have Wi-Fi.
    The land of smiles offers a wide choice of artisan products that can be found on the markets, in the shops or directly at workshops. It is mainly handicrafts, silk and jewelry.
    Tipping is not mandatory but is commonly practiced (between 10 and 15% of the price). As an indication we recommend 5$ per day and per person for the guide and 3$ per day and per person for the drivers for small groups of less than 10 people. For groups of more than 10 people we recommend $3 per day per person for the guide and $2 per day per person for the driver.

    No special rights to pay for photographing or filming in Thailand. In some places, photos are prohibited … thank you to carefully follow the instructions on this subject, to avoid any inconvenience.

    Concerning drones: To date, it is prohibited to import a drone into the country itself for recreational use without prior authorization subject to costs.

    220V with several possible socket types: two flat plugs, two round plugs or three plugs. Plan to bring a universal adapter. Power cuts occur, but most hotels have their own generators.

    On your way, you will often have the opportunity to meet local people. Wherever you are, be discreet and humble. The multiplicity of cultures and traditions means that certain attitudes are perceived differently in different countries. To avoid being disrespectful, take the time to understand the people you meet, take the time to make connections. There too, listen to the advice of your guide! 

    He knows better than anyone the behaviors to avoid or adopt. For example, if you want to take a picture of someone, always ask them for permission. The best way for acceptance is to have established a prior contact. Similarly, do not distribute gifts at all … This often encourages children to beg, to avoid this kind of drift, it is better to refer to the local structures competent (donate to school, hospital, village chief etc.). Finally, be careful not to wear too light clothing (short shorts, cleavage …) and avoid exuberant behavior