In this blog article we have 10 questions for the owner and founder of the company, André Breuer!
1. Who is André Breuer and how did you end up in Bangkok?
I am born on 1 September 1960 in The Hague, The Netherlands. I have 1 older & 2 younger brothers and 1 sister. A big family, which was, quite normal that time. As a child I always played outside, climbing in trees and looking for adventure. Looking for adventure stayed with me up until today. Not afraid of making not the easiest choices and welcome new opportunities and challenges. Which finally resulted in moving to Bangkok, the capital of Thailand.
2. When and why did you start with bicycle tours?
It was May 2003 when I quit my job as sales manager at a Thai ready-to-wear textile manufacturer and took a sabbatical that lasted about a year. Mainly to answer the question what would be my next move. This was the time I started cycling around in my neighborhood. This was sooooo amazing and the spark that ignited the idea to show this amazing other view of Bangkok to visitors. In April 2004 I officially registered Recreational Bangkok Biking Co., Ltd.
3. Why should people book a bicycle tour in Bangkok?
In the past 13 years I’ve showed so many different kind of people parts of Bangkok. Different nationalities, families with babies and children, single travelers, but they all have one thing in common. They would like to learn and see, touch, and smell a part of Bangkok that is still untouched by modern life-style.
4. Cycling in the busy Thai capital with all its chaotic traffic sounds like madness. Is it?
I fully agree, because that’s the “picture” people have in mind when thinking of Bangkok. All our tours will avoid traffic by using back-door roads, cycling through hidden local communities, alleys and pathways where regular traffic can’t enter. It’s not even mapped out and Bangkok has thousands of kilometers of those pathways. It’s amazing if you’re cycling through that world (and an eye-opener).
5. Of course you like all the tours you set out in Bangkok, but if you have to choose just one tour, which one is your favorite and why?
Indeed I love all the tours I developed throughout the years. Not only in Bangkok but in Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Pattaya too. My favorite one is still the very first tour I developed, Colors of Bangkok. This tour takes just a little longer than 4 hours (not continuous cycling) and gives the participants many different impressions of Bangkok and its inhabitants.
6. What is the funniest or nicest thing which ever happened during one of your bicycle tours?
There are of course many unforgettable moments I collected during cycling in Bangkok. But one of the warmest gestures one of my guests made was giving me Euro 5,000.- yearly for 5 years to help us sponsoring the Yennagart kindergarten. The Yennagart kindergarten is a pre-school in one of the slums we cycle through. When I started operating tours, I wanted to give something back to the community, which resulted in sponsoring/helping the Yennagart School, and its children. Up until today we still visit and help this school and foundation. During our Colors of Bangkok tour our guests can make a donation to this school/foundation directly.
7. What do you like most about living in Thailand?
That’s an easy one……. Value for money. If anybody questions this, just check the room rate of a 5-star hotel in the center of a European city and compare it to the rate of a 5-star hotel in Bangkok. The same applies for food/restaurants, although this difference is getting smaller.
8. What do you miss most from The Netherlands? If guests can bring something for you, what would it be?
After 21 years in the tropics, I sometimes miss the seasons & cold. I like a cold bedroom and snuggle deep under the blankets. In Bangkok I compensate this by putting the airco on 16 degrees. Being from the Netherlands, I’m always happy when people bring “drop” (liquorice), young cheese, “rookworst” (Dutch sausage), “stroopwafels” (Dutch syrup waffles) or Dutch mayonnaise.
9. What is your ‘golden tip’ for all Thailand travelers?
If your budget allows you, don’t save on hotels and indulge yourself with a more than comfortable stay and enjoy one of the many fine-dining restaurants Bangkok has. I enjoy diner outside on a regular base. If you’re in need of a tip, just ask me when you’re at our place and I will provide you with the latest tip 😉
10. Is there anything else you want to share with future guests?
Well you made it to our page already and I hope you enjoyed our blog. You also have interest in doing a bicycle tour. Since you’re here, don’t wait any longer and fill out the contact-form with the tour of your liking. I’m sure you won’t regret it. Give us a half-day (or longer) and we will give you memories filled with smiles and unforgettable sights that will stay with you a life-time.