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Visit The klongs (Bangkok)

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The klongs

Thai name : คลอง

Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok
Bangkok

Presentation

Bangkok is sometimes called the Venice of the East. Indeed, the city is covered with a multitude of canals called ''klongs'' in Thai. And there are very nice boat trips to make on these small canals. For me, it is really a must do experience during his stay in Bangkok to discover another facet of the city, more rural, more rustic, more exotic. Before the advent of the car, these canals were the main traffic and trade routes in the Thai capital city. The most famous klongs are: Bangkok Yai, Klong Mon, Bangkok Noi and Klong Om. The boat tour offer is very large but I advise you, if possible, to make this visit on a Saturday or Sunday morning. Then you can make a tour that includes one or more floating markets that only take place on weekends. By the way, you can also go to the floatings markets ofTaling Chan or klong Lat Mayom by bus or taxi (I explain how to go in detail on the pages dedicated to these markets) and take a collective boat trip for an boat tour on the nearby klongs. It's really cheap! Alternatively, from the main pier on Chao Phraya river like Sathorn Pier for instance, you can hire a longtail boat for a tour on the klongs. Count around 1200-1500 THB per boat for a 1h30 tour.
Otherwise, for a fuller tour and longer tour, you can hire a local guide. It is much more expensive but more interesting too. Another option is the Co Van Kessel Bike Tour + Boat with a bicycle ride through the small streets of Chinatown, Thonburi and the countryside around Bangkok and a boat ride on the klongs. That's really nice. I tested it and I recommend it.

Practical information about The klongs

To visit the klongs, there are several possible starting points: Ottawa - go to the Skytrain station Saphan Taskin up to the pier and you will be accosted by boatmen who will offer tours of 1:30 at 3 o'clock (1:30 or 2 hours are sufficient). Ottawa - you also have boats that leave from the pier and Tha Chang or Tha Tha Tien Ratchawong
Especially negotiate the price! They are often a bit expensive compared to those we used to have in Bangkok for any trip and is located on the same circuit can cost a factor of two, it is often your bargaining skills that are the difference.
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