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.
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