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Country in the City

February 29, 2016
Bang Krachao
Bangkok is probably best known for its buzzy street life and bumper-to-bumper traffic; lesser known, however, is its luscious ‘Green Lung’, secreted just six miles away from the bustle of downtown’s Silom business district.

A mere two-minute boat ride across the Chao Phraya River from Klong Toey Port will land you in Bang Krachao, a delightful park where you’ll find bike-friendly elevated walkways winding through the wilderness, pretty papaya groves, cute coconuts and tranquil Buddhist temples.

Laid-back, languid and lush, this tropical oasis can only be reached by boat, as no bridges span this part of the river, so car-obsessed locals tend to give it a miss. It’s actually an artificial island, with a canal on one side, home to dreamy tree-lined streets, myriad paths leading off into the jungle, a maze of waterways and sleepy villages.

Hire a bike and make your own way, or join cycle tours company SpiceRoads, which offers a half-day Bangkok Jungle jaunt, including city bikes and helmets (children’s bikes are available too).

Book in advance for morning or afternoon tours, which depart from Sukhumvit Road at around 8.15am and 12.45pm respectively, taking in 25 kilometres of greeny goodness. Tours weave through local communities, temples and schools, with stops at a snap-worthy floating market (weekends only), and for snacks on a pier and fish-feeding. Go green!
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Photo © James Antrobus