Along with the island of Koh Kret further north, the Bang Kachao peninsula on the Chao Phraya River is one of two greenest zones of Bangkok. Accessible by subway or taxi, this village of roughly ten square kilometres offers a striking contrast to the urban scenery of the city. The rural landscapes and dense jungle are perfect for a bike ride (renters and guides abound).
They present a vision of what Bangkok might have been 50 years ago, and the roads and trails along the canals provide great sightseeing opportunities: stilt houses, grandmothers cultivating their sacred basil, monstrous lizards and adorable squirrels, and of course the kings of Bang Kachao: the birds that fill the forest with their song and are also found in large numbers in the beautiful botanical garden. In addition to its 15 temples, the village has lovely cafés and a hotel, the Bangkok Tree House, where you can sleep among the trees, in bamboo nests surrounded by mangroves.