Great Escapes: Day Tours in and around Bangkok with Guaranteed Wow Factor

Bangkok is full of all sorts of hidden gems and treasures, many of which you'd never expect. Not only are there cultural sights, temples and museums, but there are plenty of adrenaline thrills and outdoor excitement just a short ways from town. For those who find the temple tours too tame, how about ziplining through the forest with the jungle canopy adventures offered by Flight of the Gibbon? If exercise is your thing, there are some fantastic operators running off the beaten path bicycling tours around town. Both Spice RoadsGrasshopper Adventures and Amazing Bangkok Cyclist offer excellent day explorations of the city's different neighborhoods and attractions. For the more sedate, several river cruise companies will take you on leisurely day trips up to the ancient historical capital of Ayutthaya, as well as out for romantic dinner buffet cruises on the Chao Phraya River at night. Perhaps best of all are the outstanding national park getaways; Khao Yai is Thailand's oldest national park, home to herds of wild elephants, while Khao Sam Roi Yod offers both beaches, superb birding, and a mysterious sinkhole cave to explore. Despite all the urban chaos, it is easy to escape Bangkok and enjoy some peace and quiet away from the city.

Outside the city

While many might think of Bangkok and nature in the same sentence as being an oxymoron, they probably have never heard of Bang Krachao. Bang Krachao, also known as "the lungs" of Bangkok is a vast area of green space just across the Chao Phraya...  Read More

Grasshopper Adventures
Photo courtesy of courtesy of Grasshopper Adventures

Grasshopper Adventures is a small company specializing in bicycle, photography, and unicycle tours (talk about unique!). They have adventures throughout all of SE Asia, but here in Bangkok, they specialize in local jaunts featuring trips such as...  Read More

Ko Kret is an island in the Chao Phraya River at the northern end of Bangkok. Originally settled by Mons, it is famed for its earthenware ceramics and for the traditional Thai sweet, khao cher, rice served with fragrant water and side dishes...  Read More

This is one of the most photographic and enjoyable tours one can do from Bangkok, and really a must on any visitor's wish list. Ayutthaya is the splendid ancient capital of Thailand, and full of architectural treasures, dozens of temples that...  Read More

Amazing Bangkok Cyclist
Photo courtesy of courtesy of Amazing Bangkok Cyclist

This is probably the most realistic and insightful look at Bangkok you will get on any tour. Amazing Bangkok Cyclists have been around for 20 years and know the city inside out. They offer bicycle and walking tours of the green areas, klongs,...  Read More

Flight of the Gibbon, which had its first operation become wildly popular amongst travelers in Laos, now has expanded to include a spot in the jungles of Chonburi, an hour's drive from Bangkok. Billed as Thailand's premiere zipline canopy tour,...  Read More

Outside the city
Saraburi Sunflowers
Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis

Looking for an easy escape from Bangkok and to see one of the most colorful spectacles in the kingdom? The sunflower fields of Saraburi are just a short hop away from the capital, yet are a miles away escape, with the huge sunflower fields...  Read More

Spice Roads is a leading bicycle touring company that takes riders of all abilities and shows them the best of Thailand, both cultural and physical, from the vantage point of two wheels. Their trips combine exercise with cultural endeavours,...  Read More

Khao Sam Roi Yod is one of the better day trips a family can make from Bangkok. The National Park has something for everyone, from some nice beaches to excellent hiking, sea views, and a magical royal throne located inside of a mountainside...  Read More

Outside the city

While it really merits a longer stay, Khao Yai National Park, Thailand's first national park and model for all its other parks, can be done as a long day trip as well. You'll need a rental car to do it justice, as it takes almost three hours to...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in Berkeley, California, Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 40,000-kilometer bicycle...  More About Dave

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