Co Van Kessel Bangkok Bicycle Tour

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Co van Kessel Bangkok Tour

Co van Kessel, an innovative and adventurous Dutchman, pioneered bicycle tours in Bangkok more than 30 years ago. As a longtime resident and self-professed lover of Bangkok, he understood very well the picture of accelerated urban development (gridlocked traffic, concrete towers, and choking pollution) that has plagued the recent image of the city. He also had a hunch that this was not what Bangkok or Thailand was all about.

Making it his goal to re-discover Bangkok, Co spent thousands of hours on his mountain bike exploring the vast network of local streets, alleyways, footpaths and canals between the main urban thoroughfares. What he found, lurking behind the facade of modernization, were hidden worlds of peace and tranquility, a picture of 'real' Thai life that has remained unchanged for countless decades; an identity of a city that is true to the Thai people, yet largely unknown to outsiders.

Whether it's the colorful sights and smells of the local markets, the fascinating life of locals along the canals, or the surprising existence of bountiful green belts, Co discovered the essence of what makes Bangkok one of Asia's most captivating cities. Since then, it has been his mission to share these discoveries with the rest of the world.

Sadly, with his passing in July, 2012, Co is no longer with us to see his vision through. However, armed with not only his inspiration, but also his bountiful knowledge, the CVK team will now carry on the torch of bicycle-based discovery in Bangkok… just the way Co would have wanted it!

Price Includes

  • For package 1 and 2: Ferry River Crossing and refreshing drinks + snack en route.
  • For package 3: Refreshing drinks + snack en route.
  • For package 4 and 5: Ferry River Crossing, Long trail boat rides, local style light meal and refreshing drinks en route.
  • For package 6: Refreshing drinks + snack en route, Thai style meal, train ticket and long tail boat rides.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Mountain Bike or standard city bike.
  • Child/adult helmets (if desired).
  • Accident insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Transfer from/to hotel.
  • Personal expenses such as tips, alcoholic beverage, etc.
  • Other services not mentioned on this programme.


  • Package 1 and 2: Distance covered: 12 Km.
  • Package 3: Distance covered: 14 Km.
  • Package 4 and 5: Distance covered: 15 Km.
  • Package 6: Distance covered: 25 Km.
  • Suitable for children older than 12 years and comfortable riding a bike.
  • What you need to bring : Camera, sun-block, sunglasses, cap/hat, appropriate attire for the weather.
  • Free of charge for a child riding with a parent. Bike safety seat is subject to availability, on request only.
  • In any case of your booking isn't matched with reality when you show upfront (such as child's age, child's height, the quantity of people and etc), you are responsible to pay the additional charge upfront the show/tour. reserves the right to non-refund if the booking is mistaken reserved by guest.
  • Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

Meeting Point

  • River City Pier (Co Van Kessel Bangkok Tour Office) Charoen Krung Rd., Soi 24 Bangkok 10100
  • Co Van Kessel Bangkok tours is now operating all tours from our exciting new office at the River City Shopping Center. Situated directly on the Chao Phraya River a few kilometers from our previous Chinatown base, our new location will give us even greater access to the unique, behind-the-scenes cultural exploration that our tours are known for. Our office is located on the ground floor (outside entrance), to the right of the main mall entrance past the McDonald's and the Family Mart, next to the exit ramp of the parking garage.

How to get there

  • By Bus: Bus No. 36,45,93,187Fares: Single journey: 6 - 30 THB varies by destination.
  • By Boat: Public Boat (Yellow, Orange, and Green Flag) stops at Si Phraya PierChaophraya Tourist Boat (Blue Flag) Stop at River City Bangkok Pier.
  • By BTS: Stop at Saphan Taksin Station, Exist 1,2 to Sathorn Pier to River City Bangkok with RCB Shuttle boat (free of charge) at every an hourBTS Fares: Single journey: 15 - 42 THB, varies by destination.
  • By MRT: Stop at Hua Lamphong Station, Exit 1 to take Taxi or Tuk-Tuk (about maximum 50 THB) or Bus No 1, 75, 35MRT Fares: Single Journey: 16 - 42 THB varies by destination.

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