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Co van Kessel Bicycle- and Boat tours Bangkok

What is included on a Co van Kessel tour?

All Co van Kessel tours include the following (when appropriate):

  • Experienced English speaking local guides
  • Safe, well-maintained bicycle (city or mountain bike)
  • Bicycle helmet (upon request)
  • Drinking water enroute
  • Boat & ferry rides where appropriate 
  • 24-hour emergency insurance

Does the tour visit popular Bangkok tourist sites?

We pride ourselves in being an alternative to the standard tourist experience by taking our customers “off the beaten path”  to show them the REAL Bangkok.  As such, our tours do not go to typical mass tourism attractions like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Jim Thompson House, etc.  We go behind the scenes into the local communities to places that are typically inaccessible to the average traveler.  Please do not be concerned about duplicating location visits on your own during the rest of your time in Bangkok.


Is it too hot to ride a bicycle in Thailand?

Joining one of our bicycle tours in Bangkok is a surprisingly refreshing adventure year round.  The activity of cycling (as opposed to walking), will always create a breeze to help cool you down. We are also aided by the fact that Bangkok terrain is inherently very flat and we cycle at a leisurely pace.  In addition, plenty of cold drinks and rest stops along the way will keep you refreshed for the journey.

What if it rains?

We will never cancel a tour due to rain!  The weather in Bangkok is unpredictable and rain can occur at any time, especially during the rainy season of July-September.  Rain is also a very localized phenomenon, happening in small pockets in places while being completely dry only a few kilometers away.  In our vast experience doing the tours, we know that heavy rains rarely last more than 30 minutes and our guides know very well where to take our customers for cover during the deluge.  In light rain, we provide ponchos to our customers and cycle on.  Often times, the rain will offer a refreshing break from the tropical heat.

What should I wear on the tour?

On our tours we are guests at local and more conservative communities, including temples.  Please allow us to ask you to dress more conservatively out of respect for the local community.  A top that covers the shoulders and a sarong for covering the legs in a temple is always appreciated in Thai culture.

We recommend you wear light, comfortable clothing with a hat to keep the sun off your head.  For footwear, we recommend closed shoes or sports sandals for maximum protection and control during your tour.  For your own safety, we discourage the use of ‘flip flops’ as they often compromise the ability of the rider to control his/her bicycle on the tour.  The liberal use of sunscreen is also highly encouraged. 

What language is spoken on the tours?

The vast majority of our guides are English speaking local Thais.  During certain peak times of the year (ie. July,