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“Klongs - Small canals found throughout the city”
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Half Day Tour of Bangkok's Klongs and Grand Palace
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Private Half-Day Visit to Thonburi Canals and Old City by Long Tail Boat
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Owner description: These are the many small waterways or canals that snake through the city of Bangkok.
Hong Kong, China
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“Klongs - Small canals found throughout the city”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Khlongs (river canals) are an interesting part of the city of Bangkok. They are not as regularly found nor is there an intricate network of canals like what you may have experienced in places like Venice, Amsterdam or Bruges. However, you are likely to encounter a few of them at some point during your visit.

Smaller canals seem to pop up on your a few times a day as you are walking in between main tourist attractions. They can be interesting to walk along as you are likely to encounter interesting concentrations of small eateries and other local everyday life activities.

There are larger khlongs as well, several flowing into the Chao Phraya, on the western side of the river. These can be large enough for tourist boats to travel down, taking visitors to interesting tourist attractions found down the khlongs.

We recently enjoyed standing on the bridge crossing Khlong Mon, watching the boats race by, next to old fishing houses still situated on the banks of the canals. You can make arrangements for boat hire and sightseeing up the khlongs quite easily through tour agencies and possibly your hotel.

In the end, the khlongs are an interesting part of most visits to Bangkok that might be worth trying to factor into your travel plans to the city.

Visited May 2014
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“A great experience in the Klongs of Bangkok”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

We hired a private long boat to take us into the Klongs and to stop off at one of the floating markets. It was fascinating to see a side of Bangkok that is somewhat hidden from the passing tourist.

We were accompanied by a local Thai lady who came along for a ride, (probably funded by us!) who had never taken the tour herself. What started out as apprehension as to who this intruder was, turn out to be such a brilliant experience! She was getting us to try all sorts of food at the floating markets and encouraging us to make Krathongs with the locals in preparation for Loi Krathong that evening!

On the home stretch down the Choa Praya River back to the pier, be prepare for a rather bumpy ride...! The river water tastes horrid! ;)

Overall, a trip not to be excluded from your travels in Bangkok.

Visited November 2013
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“Watch the morning rush hour”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

The Klongs are a network of canals which give Bangkok its nickname "Venice of the East".
You can choose to do expensive tourist Klong tours - or just hop on the Klong Saen Saep Express Boat - for a far cheaper and authentic experience. This is an amazing sight to watch even if you don't get on a boat - the morning rush hour is particularly crazy and something like you have never seen before. Boats running maybe just 5 minutes apart - zip into stations, unload and pick up passengers at top speed, a whistle blows and theyre off. Brief cases & all. What a fun way to go to work.
One trip costs 15baht, plastic around the edge of the boat stops you from getting wet. Nothing can prevent the horrible smell. There are 2 lines, one handy one runs from Central World Plaza (Pratnum Pier) to Golden Mount Temple.

Visited May 2013
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“Something to try once”
Reviewed 27 February 2014

Taking a long tail tour of the klongs gives you a view of Bangkok that you dont normally see - old stilted houses, families traveling to/from school in tiny plastic boats, children playing in the river, quieter river part of Bangkok. You can find a boat for hire at pretty much any pier. You can ask for prices and haggle a little if you want. Pretty standard seemed to be about 1500 baht for 90 minutes although they will start higher than that. Be aware that the river is dirty so you will probably want to wear sunglasses to keep the water out of your eyes and keep your mouth shut to prevent it from splashing in. Also please note that many of the boat drivers mention seeing the royal barges on your trip but that is a separate museum with its own entry fee so what they really mean is going past the museum on the river by its locked water gates - you get just the tiniest glimpse of bits of the barges. Something worth doing once but not repeatedly.

Visited February 2014
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“Always lovely”
Reviewed 21 February 2014

We love this activity and never visit Bangkok without going on a klong trip. You hire a long tailed boat, usually for an hour and a half and are taken through the maze of smaller canals to see the old wooden houses, orchids adorning them, plus pass by several temples and some newer homes.

Visited February 2014
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