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I may be moving to Bangkok in the near future, and interested to know what it is like for cycling.

 

The traffic looks a bit wacky, but it also looks flat as last night's beer.

 

Can you find decent lengths of back soi that are not too busy? Shade?

 

I will probably be living and working along the MRT Blue Line

 

Any suggestions or comments welcomed

 

SC

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6 minutes ago, Ron jeremy said:

A certain death wish! Period! 

OK.   Just suggestions welcomed.

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I never had problems cycling in BKK.  If you don't like the roads, there are parks.  Lumpini is my favorite, followed by the park by QSNCC.  (I call it Queen Sirikit Park, but it has a formal Benja... something name)  Also, there's a lot of pretty much idle roadway around the back of QSNCC in the Tobacco Monopoly grounds.  Full disclosure, I left BKK about a year ago and there was lots of construction in the QSNCC area when I came back for a visit in October 2019.

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36 minutes ago, impulse said:

I never had problems cycling in BKK.  If you don't like the roads, there are parks.  Lumpini is my favorite, followed by the park by QSNCC.  (I call it Queen Sirikit Park, but it has a formal Benja... something name)  Also, there's a lot of pretty much idle roadway around the back of QSNCC in the Tobacco Monopoly grounds.  Full disclosure, I left BKK about a year ago and there was lots of construction in the QSNCC area when I came back for a visit in October 2019.

Is QSNCC near QS MRT station, south of Sukhumvit, towards the Port?

 

That would give a few km of wacky traffic, couple of laps round the park, there’s an industrial road out to Bangna that might be OK

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QSNCC is at the QS MRT station.  The convention center was torn down when I was there in October, but the park was still open.  I've heard that the park may now be closed, but I'm in Texas and cannot confirm whether that's true, and what's going to happen to the area.  (Rebuild the convention center or build condos, along with the fate of the pretty much deserted Tobacco Monopoly land??)  Lumpini is just an easy 10 or a brisk 5 minute bike ride from QSNCC on Rama 4 road.

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What do you reckon about Soi Cowboy home at 2 am after a skinful?  Maybe I should buy a tandem...

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There is the skylane at the airport, a 23km loop track. It's a very good facility. Plus there are a lot of cycle races now around nearby areas and some great mountain biking too.

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On 11/22/2019 at 8:32 PM, StreetCowboy said:

OK.   Just suggestions welcomed.

Surely a death wish. If you don't get mowed down by a car or truck, the PM2.5 pollution will certainly kill you. Hope you don't mind dying early.

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On 11/23/2019 at 2:00 AM, StreetCowboy said:

What do you reckon about Soi Cowboy home at 2 am after a skinful?  Maybe I should buy a tandem...

... tandem 'trike' more likely

 

ride a trike, and slow down to crawl at 2kmh, because 'I Can'

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3 minutes ago, Letseng said:

Cycling track round the airport, 23 kms. How do you get there?

I used to cycle there. Either down Bang Na Trat or Onnut Road. 

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On 11/22/2019 at 9:38 PM, impulse said:

I'd add that a very nice ride is to go to Khlong Toei pier, pay 20 baht to have you and your bicycle taken on a small longtail boat over to the island (Elephant's ear, Bangkok Lung) and ride to your heart's content.  The traffic on the island is pretty sparse, and there are enough roads and things to see to make quite a few day long rides.

 

Edit:  I put off riding on the island until my last year or so in BKK, and regret that I didn't do it much sooner and a lot more often.  Great ride!

 

Bangkrajao. I used to go very often to the level that I knew it like the back of my hand. But not been in a few years now. Great place for cycling with lots of shade and interesting views/sights.

 

Another way to get there is to take the BTS to Bang Na station, cycle back to Bang Na crossroads and take a left down Sanphawut Road and catch the ferry across at Wat Bang Na Nok. The ferry crosses over to Wat Bangnampeun Nok, which is quite close to the weekend market. Bicycles and motorbikes are allowed on the ferry.  

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