Grasshopper Adventures Bangkok Bike Tours – Night Biking The Big City

At La Aventura Project we focus on adventure, obviously!  So of course we had to check out the Grasshopper Adventures Bangkok Bike Tours! Grasshopper Adventures runs bicycle tours all over Asia, with expert local guides who show you an amazing time.  The Bangkok night biking tour starts at their headquarters near Democracy Monument where they give you instructions on the route and explain some city history.  Before you head out they give you a quick rundown of the bicycle then give each rider their own reusable water bottle.  We were big fans of the water bottles and wish more businesses would reduce plastic waste by using this type of eco-friendly practice!

Bangkok Night Biking Tour with Grasshopper AdventuresThe Bangkok Night Bike tour started off by taking us down some small allyes behind the infamous Khao San Road.  From there we biked a few more minutes to the Chao Phraya River where we stopped  just in time to take some beautiful sunset photos.  We were already impressed with the quality of the bikes and felt very safe riding around the city because the guides helped us safely cross streets and navigate the crazy traffic.

Bangkok Night Biking Tour with Grasshopper AdventuresStopping at the Flower Market was one of the highlights.  We tried some refreshing passion fruit juice and learned about the history of the market.  Then we learned how to fold the famous Buddhist lotus flowers into beautiful patterns, like a living origami.  There were also vendors cutting betel nuts into packets for chewing.  The local people used to chew the nuts to get high, or get energy, but the habit has faded out over time.People still buy the nuts as an offering to their ancestors who they still believe enjoy them.  We stopped to get some more street food outside of the market and were able to try many things which were included in the price of the tour.

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These “khanombuang” Portuguese/Thai filled crepes were delicious!
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The Lotus Flower, folded in many different ways. It is the most sacred flower in Buddhism.
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The betel nut being prepared.
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Beautiful flowers everywhere.
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Inside the Bangkok flower market.

The tour stopped at two of the most famous Thai temples as well; Wat Arun and Wat Pho.  The guides explained a lot of the history of the temples and taught us a lot about the connections between ancient Hinduism in Thailand and Buddhism.  We offered our lotus flowers which we had folded earlier to the lord Buddha at Wat Pho.  It was really special to view the temples at night, as they are illuminated with bright lights and lacked the hordes of tourists that swarm them in the daytime.

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Wat Arun
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Wat Pho

 

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Wat Pho is the original Thai Massage School.

On the way home we rode past the Grand Palace and several other temples.  We stuck to back alleys and less busy roads.  It was super cool to see these neighborhoods of Bangkok that we never would have found without the tour.  The Bangkok night biking tour with Grasshopper Adventures was better than we could have imagined.  We learned a lot of Thai history, ate incredible food, and made some new friends.  The traffic in Bangkok can be absolutely insane, but we felt very safe the entire experience and we have the guides to thank for that.  We really were very impressed with the experience and hope to do more trips with Grasshopper Adventures in other parts of Asia!

Address: 57 Ratchadamnoen Klang Rd, Khwaeng Wat Bowon Niwet, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand

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Exploring Bangkok with Tuk Tuk Hop

Tuk Tuk HopA great way to explore Bangkok’s temples! Bangkok is an enormous city and its public transportation systems aren’t the easiest to figure out for travelers. It seems every destination requires a different and sometimes confusing combination of Skytrain, bus, ferry boat, taxi, tuk tuk, Metro, etc. Some of the most historic and famous destinations in Bangkok aren’t anywhere close to the BTS Skytrain or Metro lines. What’s a budget-conscious traveler to do? Download the app and use code LAAVENT60 to get 15% off!

tuk tuk hopEnter Tuk Tuk Hop! Tuk Tuk Hop is a new mobile app which is kind of like Uber for tuk tuks in the historic old city area of Bangkok. Users pay a flat fee for unlimited tuk tuk rides from 8:30am-6pm. The service area includes 23 available drop-off/pick-up locations at points of interest. Basically, you get to create your own tour by picking and choosing where you want to go in what order and not having to walk the long, sweaty kilometers in between destinations! Just download the free app, pay, and enjoy personalized service by certified TukTukHop drivers! If you don’t have a Thai data plan on your phone, TukTuk Hop will even rent you a WiFi device for the day.

Here’s a short video explaining #TukTukHop! Don’t forget to use the code LAAVENT60 to get 15% off!

Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River
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Wat Arun

For our Tuk Tuk Hop tour, we started by getting ourselves to Wat Arun then Wat Pho using the BTS to Saphan Taksin then the Chao Phraya river-crossing ferry boat. Wat Pho is home to the world’s largest reclining Buddha! It was truly impressive.

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Temple guards outside Wat Pho
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Reclining Buddha!

From Wat Pho, we ordered our first tuk tuk ride to the Grand Palace! It was great not having to negotiate for an overpriced taxi. We just waited at the point marked on our app for our certified TukTuk Hop driver. He knew exactly how to go to avoid some of the traffic around the Grand Palace (“Sanam Luang”) and get us where we wanted to be. Around the palace, we got to witness the massive crowds of mourners there to honor the late King Rama IX. What a special time to be in Bangkok!

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Tuking around Bangkok!

After walking through two temples and around the Grand Palace we were starving so it was time to chow! We had heard that there were a lot of good restaurants around The Giant Swing, which was another Tuk Tuk Hop stop, so we ordered another ride and jumped in! Riding in tuk tuks and feeling the breeze as you dodge traffic is definitely the most fun way to get around the busy Bangkok streets! Don’t forget to use the code LAAVENT60 to get 15% off!

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Giant Swing

For those confused by the Giant Swing, we learned that it was formerly used in an old Hindu religious ceremony where men would have a swinging competition symbolizing “swinging their way into heaven.” The ceremony was stopped in 1935 after several people died! Now the huge swing structure serves as a landmark in Bangkok and there are many great Thai restaurants nearby. We found some vegetarian noodle soup from a small shophouse to satisfy our hunger and enjoyed seeing lots of shops selling golden Buddhas and Hindu relics for temples— so cool!

After our late lunch we didn’t have too much time left, so we decided to grab our tuk tuk and hit up one more temple — Wat Benchamabophit, “The Marble Temple.” This amazing place is made completely of Italian marble and it is stunning!

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Marble Temple

You can go to way more places than this using Tuk Tuk Hop if you start early enough! We recommend starting right at 8:30am so that you can use the service all day and really get your money’s worth. It’s such a fantastic way to experience all the most famous historic sites in Bangkok without spending all your time and energy walking! Tuk Tuk Hop is also offering 10% off their normal price AND free umbrella rental for the rest of 2017!

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Tuk Tuk Hop!

Don’t forget to use the code LAAVENT60 to get 15% off!

We weren’t compensated in any way to write this blog post.  We just really enjoyed the experience! 

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