Khlongs - Canals, Bangkok
Bangkok have a lot of canals. Its a cheap way to get around Bangkok.
First Photo: Canal in Bangkok
Second photo: Canal in Thonburi side, Bangkok
Third photo: Boat trip in the Bangkok's canals
Forth photo: Canal in Bangkok
Fifth photo: Canal in Bangkok
Favorite thing: This isn't really a favourite thing, but I suppose that "general tips" is the only category into which this tip fits. Make sense? Anyways, a European Queen (I think I remember which one, but at the risk of being offensive or very obviously ignorant, I will withold my suspicions on this topic) gave water hyacinths as a gift to the king of Thailand. These are viny floating plants with lush, elegant blooms. However, the Bangkok climate is so ideal for this foreign plant that it just spread and spread like a beautiful green tumour. Now it clogs the canal, drowns swimmers and clogs boats. Thanks, European Queen! It's the gift that keeps on giving!
Favorite thing: We were told there is a law in Bangkok that bans fishing in the klongs up to 50 metres from any Wat, and because of this the fish congregate around the Wats. I believe that really it's due to the bread that tour guides sell to tourists to throw in the water at a Wat which attracts the fish.
I just want to underlining a 'theory' when I got history lesson in the elementary school. Many of big ancient kingdoms starting their golden era by the river. They start to build their power by the riverbanks. As happened in my own country; the Majapahit Empire. Angkor Wat in Cambodia and of course Kingdom of Thailand. I remember that when I go to the klong and find so many wat (vihara, chedi, stupa) which situated nearby the river.
Fondest memory: Wat Arun, Wat Po, Wat Prakaew, Klong Bangkok Yai, Klong Mon and .... the backyard of Jim Thompson House
Favorite thing: The trip to the floating market included a ride in a longtail boat. The boats picked up the tourists at a parking lot, and made a number of return tips. The canals were not very wide, and the empty boats returning to the parking lot tried to swamp the out going boats with the tourists. Made for a good picture, although soggy.
Favorite thing: Take a trip down Bangkok's canal system, negotiate for a boat and try to share with other tourists to bring the price down. Then unwind and watch the river scenery take over.
Favorite thing: The housing alongside the klongs can vary from what looks like a wooden shack about to fall down to some very smart properties.