Cycling was a passion of Co van Kessel throughout his life in Thailand. Sharing this passion with thousands of visitors every year through his famed bicycle tours was not only Co’s way of showing others the beauty of Thailand; it was also his way to connect with the Thai people. As a company, Co van Kessel Bangkok Tours looks to continue Co’s legacy of promoting cycling in Thailand while giving back to local and rural communities. Here are several ways and projects in which Co van Kessel supports the local and rural communities in Bangkok and beyond.
Lights from hundreds of candles twinkle on the water. Each one carries prayers and wishes sent off to float down the rivers and streams. In Thailand, the Loy Krathong festival is celebrated each year. This festival is celebrated by the locals to drive away their sins and misfortunes. Also, the Hindu goddess Ganga, the goddess of the water, is thanked for using her water and the locals excuse themselves for polluting the water.
Every year in April the Thai New Year is being celebrated. In Thai culture, Songkran initially was celebrated by dousing water over the shoulders which is considered a blessing. Nowadays Songkran is famous for it’s celebration and is just one big water party.
Along our bicycle routes and everywhere around Bangkok you can find spirit houses. You’ll see them in -and in front of- houses, in trees, next to offices, in front of shopping malls and along the roads. Most of the houses we see on the way have a spirit house. They look like small, colorful, beautifully decorated temples. Besides being beautiful to photograph, what are they for?
Taxi’s in Bangkok are everywhere and are mostly cheaper than in your homecountry. However, as a tourist new to Bangkok, it can be more of a hassle to pay the right price. In this article we would like to show you how to take a taxi in Bangkok.
Co van Kessel bike tours are a popular activity in Bangkok for families and suitable for children of all ages. Safety is not a primary concern because we do not cycle in traffic. We have children’s bikes as well as adult bikes with child- and baby seats on the back.
On our tours we often visit some of Bangkok’s local temples. We are always more than welcome to get a taste of Thai culture. However, there are some easy but important things to note before visiting any temple and particularly before entering the main hall (bot) where the main Buddha image is housed. These expressions show deep respect and gratitude for Thai culture. Of course our guides are happy to explain this unspoken etiquette to you and guide you through the temple visit. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when visiting a temple:
When looking for things to do in Bangkok a bike tour might not be the first thing that you will think of. However it’s a great activity to discover what we call the ‘Real Bangkok’. Here is what makes a bike tour the thing to do in Bangkok.
Bangkok has a lot to offer and there are there is always more to explore. However when you are new to the city and only have one day in Bangkok you are probably looking to get the most out of your day. Here is a one day plan to get the utmost out of your day:
Bangkok is a huge metropolis and it’s hard not to get intimidated by her size the first time you are visiting. Chances are you might feel limited in your freedom of moving by all the traffic to navigate around and explore Bangkok. This guide on transportation will help you to get around Bangkok efficiently.