From hectic urban areas to leafy tucked-away parks, Bangkok has more than its fair share of cycling routes, with plenty of great family-friendly trails. Here are six routes that we recommended.
This sprawling Buddhist park is located around 22 km outside of Bangkok and offers a wonderfully serene location for a bike ride with the kids. A huge 15.87-metre tall Buddha statue stands at the center of the park, surrounded by manicured gardens, fish-filled ponds and tree-lined walking and biking trails – including a huge 7.6 km track around the perimeter. Brings bikes and a picnic lunch — hire a mat and choose from many shady spots when you’re ready to refuel.
Situated in the heart of the city, Benjakitti Park remains an ever-popular spot for Bangkok’s resident morning and evening runners. This urban oasis also has a dedicated cycling lane around its artificial lake, so you can cycle freely without having to dodge other pedestrians – ideal if you’ve got little ones still unsteady in the saddle. Bikes of all sizes are available to hire for around THB50 per hour, and there’s also a range of family-friendly facilities including playgrounds and pedal-powered swan boats.
Nong Bon Water Sports Center
Nong Bon Water Sports Center is located right beside Rama IX Park, with a bike route that loops around its lake. Opened in 2015, the 4 km trail attracts a range of cyclists, including competitive bikers on the weekends. With both a fast and a slow lane available, kids can enjoy peddling at their own pace. Also, a straight, tree-lined stretch off the main loop, jutting into the reservoir, is ideal for beginner bikers. Nong Bon is dog-friendly, so please watch the little ones around dogs.
Bangkok’s Green Lung
The Bang Krachao green space (better known as “the Green Lung”) offers arguably the most tranquil place for a bike ride anywhere in Bangkok. Located on the outskirts of the Phra Pradaeng district, this jungle-like world offers quiet paths and elevated bike trails that wind through a landscape of dense vegetation, traditional villages and sleepy temples. It’s ideal for more confident young riders. To reach the Green Lung, catch a boat across the river from Klong Toey Port (around THB10 fare each). You can also rent bikes on the opposite side for between THB80 to 100 per day; some bikes have baby seats.
Suan Rot Fai
Open daily from 5am, Suan Rot Fai is the perfect place for an early morning bike ride before the sun gets up. This 150-acre park is situated just north of Chatuchak Market and has a shady three-kilometer trail that weaves its way through a luscious green space. There is also a small road safety track, with mini road signs and traffic lights, for children to practice biking. You can hire bikes for between THB20 to 30 at the northern end, and there are also volleyball, basketball and tennis courts along with a kid’s playground. Once energy levels are spent, grab a bite to eat at the on-site cafe or sprawl out with a picnic beside the park lake.
Rama IX Park
Suan Luang Rama IX Park is the largest green space in Bangkok, featuring lush landscaping and a variety of beautiful gardens, conservation areas for aquatic life, and a large reservoir. The trails are well-paved and wide – ideal for biking with the children. Bring your own bikes and explore the many zones on both shady paths, hilly terrain and flat, exposed trails. Children can further expend energy at the playground and hedge maze.