The unknown side of Thailand

lifestyle June 14, 2017 16:00

By The Nation

3,956 Viewed

Travellers staying at Sala boutique properties in Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai can now join a new private half-day bike tour to explore the culture and local life.



In Bangkok, the Sala Rattanakosin Hotel introduces guests to the lesser-known historic Thonburi district, the heart of the ancient capital on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The ride offers a glimpse inside small communities near Wat Arun, and through a tri-cultural neighbourhood. A visit to a canal-side Artist’s House also allows guests to enjoy a traditional Thai puppet show and explore canal-side communities in a long-tail boat.

An hour upstream, the Sala Ayutthaya’ s tour commences with a river crossing by ferry to a local temple before visits to historical sites, including the most impressive monuments and royal monuments in the city’s Unesco World Heritage heart. The route continues to a traditional Thai-style house that was immortalised in a famous Thai literary work. 

The Sala Lanna Chiang Mai is also steeped in culture. Paddling around the local communities, guests can admire the glorious days of Lanna Kingdom through traditional temples and ancient ruins. The route also stops off at a former leper colony and a small pottery where visitors can watch how artisans work. A scenic ride along the Ping River takes in a local bakery and a market. 

All tours provide high quality mountain bikes and helmets, with professional English speaking guides, traditional Thai snacks and refreshments, and insurance. 

“We are excited to be rolling out a series of experiences in the coming months which allow our guests the chance to delve deeper into the destinations and become as fascinated by each city as we are,” says Nicolas Reschke, group director of business development, Sala Hospitality Group. 

Find out more details by dropping a line to info@salahospitality.com or visit www.SalaHospitality.com.