Often referred to as ‘Bangkok’s Green Lung’ is Bang Kachao, a green, almost island-like oasis. Bang Kachao received this nickname for two reasons: one being its unusual shape, the other being that ditching downtown Bangkok for a visit is a good way to escape the polluted, smog-ridden city.
Just six miles away from Bang Kachao is downtown Bangkok, but one would hardly notice the city’s close proximity due to Bang Kachao’s papaya groves and coconut trees growing on either sides of some of the best cycling paths in the city. Tourists are scarce, and the cycling paths weave you through small villages with wooden homes balancing on stilts. None of the paths have guardrails, but they are big enough to cycle on, depending on how comfortable you are on a bicycle. You can explore Bang Kachao in its entirety by bicycle for only ฿100 (about $3) a day.