To first-timers, the idea of negotiating the heat, congestion, and frequently homicidal motorists of Bangkok by bike may seem foolhardy. However, the city’s pancake-flat topography and multitude of quiet, traffic-free sois (side streets) make exploration by pedal-power one of the most rewarding ways to experience the Thai capital. Numerous bicycle tour agencies can guide you through the back routes of urban Bangkok. However, if you’d rather go it alone the best place to make for is Bang Kachao. Accessible by a boat across the Chao Phraya River from a little terminal next to Wat Klong Toey temple, this vast green lung is veined with raised cement pathways through the jungle. Bikes are available for hire at the boat jetty.