What is included in a Co van Kessel tour?
All Co van Kessel tours include the following (when appropriate):
- 30 years of topographical research
- a bicycle
- ferry fees for river crossings
- plenty of refreshing drinks en route
- experienced local guides
- small group sizes for a personalized experience
- a welcome drink during the tour briefing
Do you provide pick-up service from our hotel?
No, we request that our customers arrive at the departure point at least 15-30 minutes before tour departure time. Bangkok traffic is typically light for morning departures (07:00) and quite heavy and unpredictable for afternoon departures, so please account for this in your planning.
Can children join the bicycle tours?
Yes, Co van Kessel tours are a family friendly activity and we welcome children of all ages. On our bicycle tours, we provide the following assistance for our young friends
- infant seat on the back for children 0-3 years old
- child seat on the back for children 4-6 years old
- small bikes for children 7-12 years old
Is there a discount for children?
Yes, children under the age of 12 years get 25% off regular prices. Small children who can ride with their parents in a child or baby seat can join for free.
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 slight 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. With no hills to climb, our relaxing cruises never take on the character of a strenuous activity. Mixed in with plenty of refreshing drinks and rest stops along the way, feel assured that your body and mind will be worry free as you enjoy the many fascinating sights of the REAL Bangkok.
What should I wear on the tour?
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. Women should bring a cover-up (eg. sarong) for their shoulders and legs during temple visits.
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 20 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 can offer a refreshing break from the tropical heat.
Do you have a place to store bags and luggage during the tour?
Yes, If you are on your way to the airport or train station after the tour, feel free to leave any bags with us in the office for safe keeping.
Do you offer private tours?
During non-peak periods (March-June, Sep.-Oct.) we are happy to provide private tours to interested customers with the exemption of small group sizes. Please send your enquiries to [email protected]. Additional charges may apply depending on the number of participants booked.
Do you cater to corporate events?
Yes, we are happy to work with you in planning teambuilding or other corporate events based on our tours. In the past, we have organized such events for a variety of corporate clients locally and abroad (Red Hat, Air France-KLM, Accor Group, Elsevier Health Sciences, etc.).
What kind of bikes do you have?
Do I need to wear a helmet?
On our bicycle tours you don’t have to wear a helmet. However, if you feel like wearing a helmet just ask your guide who will provide you with one.