Exploring Bangkok's Best: 10 Must-Visit Spots for Cycling Enthusiasts

Exploring Bangkok's Best: 10 Must-Visit Spots for Cycling Enthusiasts

By VERSO Communications Team / July 02, 2024 / Leisure, Living in Bangkok

Bangkok is not the first location that comes to mind when thinking of riding. Yet, despite its reputation for bustling streets and vibrant culture, bicycle enthusiasts will find plenty of undiscovered treasures in the city and surrounding areas. From lush parks to stunning riverbank walks, there are a number of hidden treasures.

At VERSO International School, we understand that extracurricular activities are a core part of a comprehensive education for our students. Therefore we encourage and promote all types of activities and exercise. This post identifies our top ten sights that parents and children in Bangkok on two wheels really must see.

1. Benjakitti Park


Benjakitti Park is somewhat of a cycling nirvana found right in the heart of Bangkok.  A dedicated cycling path in the park circles its peaceful lake and provides wonderful scenery for riders of all skill levels. Popular with both locals and visitors are the smooth, well-kept promenade and the amazing views of the city skyline. Lower-temperature mornings and late afternoons are particularly beautiful times to visit the park.


Accessed from: Tourism Thailand website


2. Lumpini Park


Downtown Bangkok's lush Lumpini Park offers a tranquil haven from the busy metropolis. About 2.5 kilometers long, the bike path in the park winds around a large lake and through lovely woodland. Views and sounds of nature may be enjoyed by cyclists on a leisurely ride. With plenty of spaces for picnics and outdoor activities, Lumpini Park is particularly appealing for families.


Accessed from: Tourism Thailand website


3. Bangkrachao


Every cyclist should make time to visit Bang Krachao, commonly referred to as the "Green Lung of Bangkok." The urban surroundings of Bangkok are very different from this leafy island in the Chao Phraya River. Trails in the area wind past orchards, mangroves, and small villages. Renting a bike and seeing Bang Krachao offers riders a special chance to fully experience the local way of life and environment. A must-see for everyone visiting the island is Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park.


Accessed from: New York Times website


4. Suan Rot Fai (Vachirabenjatas Park)


Cyclers love Suan Rot Fai, sometimes referred to as the Railway Park, because of its broad, tree-lined pathways. Nestled next to the Chatuchak Weekend Market, this park offers a 3-kilometer bike loop perfect for a leisurely ride. Discovering the park on two wheels is made easy by its abundance of fauna and flora as well as its butterfly and flower beds.


Accessed from: Bicycle Thailand website


5. Phutthamonthon Park


Situated around 25 km west of Bangkok, Phutthamonthon Park is well worth the visit for its expansive grounds and tranquil setting. A large Buddha statue, peaceful lakes, and beautiful landscapes are among the attractions of the more than 400 acre park. The vast system of paths in the park offers cyclists numerous opportunities to discover and take in the surrounding beauty.


Accessed from Google Maps. 


6. Chatuchak Park


Chatuchak Park, adjacent to Suan Rot Fai, is another great place to go cycling in Bangkok. Chatuchak Park, while smaller than its neighbor, has a pleasant ambiance and well-maintained walkways, making it an excellent choice for a leisurely ride. The park is especially lively on weekends when the adjoining Chatuchak Market is in full swing, allowing you to combine riding with some shopping and sampling local cuisine.


Accessed from Google Maps 


7. Green Lane (Happy Healthy Bike Lane)


Green Lane at Suvarnabhumi Airport (known on Google Maps as Happy & Healthy Bike Lane) is a great alternative for those seeking a more challenging trip. Experienced cyclists only should ride this 23.5-kilometer circuit around the airport. Jets take off and land in the background of the well-paved track, which offers a special riding experience. Accessible around-the-clock, The Green Lane offers a good standard of facilities including restrooms, beverage stations, and rental shops.


Accessed from: Google Maps


8. Chao Phraya River


Cycling near the Chao Phraya River combines urban and picturesque experiences. The riverbanks are bordered with a mix of contemporary buildings, historical temples, and thriving marketplaces. Cyclists may explore various sections of the city by following riverbank routes and taking in the dynamic vistas. The region around the Asiatique Riverfront is very popular, with its combination of bike trails, retail, and food options.


Accessed from: Bangkok Post website


9. Rama IX Park (Suan Luang)


One of the most extensive and most picturesque parks in Bangkok is called Rama IX Park, named after King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Covering 200 acres, the park is situated in the eastern part of the city and features many themed gardens, a large lake, and botanical gardens. 


Accessed from: Google Maps

The park offers a leisurely and enjoyable ride through these breathtaking scenery on its bike paths. A great family destination, Rama IX Park offers lots of open space and leisure activities.

10. Benchasiri Park


Benchasiri Park, albeit tiny in size, provides a convenient and excellent riding experience in the Sukhumvit neighborhood. The park's well-maintained walkways and shady spaces make it an ideal location for a brief ride. Its central position, near to Phrom Phong BTS station, makes it conveniently accessible to anyone living or visiting the city center. Benchasiri Park also offers sculptures and art works, which provide cultural value to your riding experience.


Accessed from: Google Maps


Tips For Cycling in Bangkok

While these locations offer excellent chances for riding, it is critical to be prepared for the specific obstacles of bicycling in Bangkok. Here are some guidelines for a safe and pleasurable experience:

  • Stay hydrated: Bangkok's environment may be hot and humid, so keep water on hand at all times.
  • Wear the right gear: Lightweight, breathable gear and a helmet are required for safety and comfort.
  • Be aware of traffic: While many parks have designated bike lanes, you may have to cross busy streets to get there. Always be attentive and obey driving laws.
  • Use sun protection: Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Plan your route: Before you go, familiarize yourself with the itinerary and structure of the park. This can help you avoid getting lost and guarantee a more comfortable trip.
  • Check park regulations: Some parks may have special rules for cyclists, such as dedicated cycling hours or restricted access. Follow these principles to guarantee that everyone has a nice experience.

Enjoying Cycling in Bangkok

Though the city’s clogged streets and urban sprawl are well-known, Bangkok also offers an unexpected number of bike-friendly locations that are appealing to both novice and experienced riders. There is something for everyone from the tranquil paths of Benjakitti and Lumpini parks to the exhilarating trails of Bang Krachao and the Green Lane. Discovering these bike paths offers not only a great approach to stay fit but also a distinctive viewpoint on the rich culture and diverse scenery of the city.