Outdoor Activities in Bangkok

Information on the facilities in Bangkok for outdoor activities: walks, hikes and cycling activities in the area...

Like most cities, Bangkok is well built up with limited areas for outdoor activities. Outside of Bangkok there are a number of natural parks which can be used for walking, cycling and wildlife spotting.

Below is information on various sports and activities that can be done in and around Bangkok in the nearby national parks, which include mountain biking, climbing and fishing.

National Parks

Compared to other countries, Thailand has one of the greatest areas devoted to national parks. There are both marine and land national parks covering over ten percent of Thailand's territory. All national parks charge an entry fee (it varies from park to park).

To the north west of Bangkok on the border with Burma there are a number of national parks:

  • Erawan: famous for its waterfalls and caves
  • Sai Yok
  • Si Nakharin Dam
  • Khao Laem

To the south east of Bangkok there are two national parks:

  • Khao Wong (Khao Chamao)
  • Ko Samet: the most famous and also the busier of the two, although this large island still has areas where a visitor can escape the crowds

To the south west of Bangkok there is one national park:

  • Kaeng Krachan: the largest park in Thailand and one of the quietest. It has many hiking trails and a wide variety of animals including tigers

To the north east of Bangkok:

  • Khao Yai national park where elephants, gibbons and many types of birds may be spotted from the many walking trails

Cycling and Mountain Biking

Riding a bicycle in Bangkok - as in any big city - has its hazards; this is exaggerated by the huge number of motorbikes and the fact that there are not many cyclists on Bangkok's roads and no special cycle lanes. However most of the parks have special pathways for cyclists. At the Rot Fai Park (Northern End of Chatuchak Park) bikes can be rented cheaply for a cycle around the park.

There are specialist bicycle tour companies that offer trips to see the sights of Bangkok, travelling along the safer routes. There are also many companies offering cycling tours in areas outside of Bangkok.

At Sukhothai, the ancient Siamese capital, there are many cycle paths taking visitors around the temples, palaces and ruins. The easiest way to get round Ayutthaya is by bicycle (can be rented on site). Nakhon Nayak, situated north of Bangkok, has a number of mountain bike trails. In the Khao Yai national park there are 13 designated mountain bike trails.

  • Bangkok Hash House Bikers (BHHB) is a group of mountain bikers that meets once a month for a ride of between 40 and 50 kilometres

Climbing

Bangkok does not have many outdoor climbs but there are some in areas close by, such as Chon Buri.

  • For information on climbing areas in Bangkok: Click here

Fishing

Bangkok has many lakes and reservoirs for freshwater fishing, these include:

  • Buengsamran Lake
  • Bor Ngao Nam
  • Lung Lee Fishing Park
  • Buengsamran Fishing Park
  • Jamsai Fishing Park
  • Ruan Pae Fishing Park
  • The Thailand fishing portal has information on these fishing venues: Click here