Khlongs - Canals, Bangkok
like what i've said, this will be my pictures and tip on the Damnoen Sadauk Klongs as compared to Bangkok Klongs. Although waking up early and leaving at 7:00 am for the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market tour is a hassle for late risers, going to the floating market and riding the long tail boat to see the various klongs around Damnoen Saduak Town going to the Floating Market is a more authentic experience than the Bangkok Klongs Tour. So it is better to book the damnoen saduak floating market tour and combine it with the rose garden and elephant shows, rather than take the bangkok klongs tour.
If you book a bangkok klongs and wat arun tour, you will be mesmerized by the beauty of Wat Arun and will be disappointed with the Bangkok Klongs, as the klongs here in bangkok are not as colorful and not as authentic as the klongs lining the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market. I will add a comparison picture and tip of the bangkok klongs here and the Damnoen Saduak Klongs and you can see for yourself the disappointing nature of Bangkok's Klongs as compared to Danmoen Saduak Klongs in Ratchaburi Province. It is better for you to book the Damnoen Saduak Tour to experience the real klongs of thailand.
while doing a Bangkok Canal and Klong Tour, you will start at the River City Pier in front of River City Mall near Sapang Taksin BTS Skytrain Station and among the activities you will do is visit one of the mini floating markets in Bangkok and the Klongs around Bangkok City and Chonburi Province and you can do catfish feeding at the Chinese Buddhist Temple there fronting the Klong as The Thais don't catch the fish living near temples and also in front of the Wat Arun Temple (see my videos) as your friendly tour guide will sell you 1 plastic full of day old bread (at 20 baht per bag) to feed the catfish and these catfish are large!
The Canals or Klongs as the are called, meander through the older part of the city. It was here that the city of Bangkok was originally founded in the late 18th century. Once called the Venice of the East, the klongs can best be explored by hiring one of the many longboats the ply the river and its waterways. Along the klongs, you will see stilt houses, children playing in the water and even some wildlife like I did. These boats can be hired at one of many stops along the Chao Phraya River.
I love this market! We catch the ferry at Ratchawongse and travel to Tha Thewes pier - walk through really pretty flower/plant markets, and along to this khlong market. Most amazing sights - smells - sounds etc. Just great!
These giant bowls of chilli always get me in - when we pay so much for something much less fresh and appealing at home! What a great way to live - go to the market and buy FRESH all the ingredients for your daily meals! Thai curry every day for us!!
The khlongs we travelled along were very peaceful, we only saw about 4 or 5 other tourist boats during the whole trip. Even when you are going past the houses and people are down in the water it still seems a whole world away from the bustle on the street.
However I was somewhat concerned about the wave created by the boat as it seemed to hit the banks of the khlong and the houses over the water quite strongly
It is difficult to describe properly how Bangkok is: oh, yes, it is a very modern city, with beautiful skyscrapers; and it is also a monumental place, so marvellous wats; and it is also a shopping paradise, where you get the impression that you can buy anything at any hour. But when you are close to a khlong (a small canal in the middle of the city), you could easily think that you are more in a village. Houses at the banksides of the khongs seem sometimes to be hanged over it. They are usually very modest houses, which make a shocking contrast with the malls or the buildings that you can see just beside them. You can do a boat tour of the khongs. We did not, but you can look to life there from many places in Bangkok. These pics are taken at the khlong near Jim Thompsons. It was our first morning in Bangkok and we were quite impressed.
Es dificil describir bien como es Bangkok: oh, si, es una ciudad muy moderna, con hermosos rascacielos; y tambien es un lugar monumental, son tan maravillosos sus templos!; y tambien es un paraiso de las compras, donde te parece que puedes comprar de todo a cualquier hora. Pero cuando te acercas a un khlong (un canal), podrias pensar facilmente que mas bien estas en un pueblo. Las casas de las orillas parecen estar colgadas encima del khlong. Normalmente son casas muy modestas, lo cual hace contrasta de un modo chocante con los centros comerciales o edificios que ves justo al lado. Puedes hacer un tour en barco por los khlongs. Nosotros no lo hicimos, pero puedes ver la vida alli desde muchos lugares en Bangkok. Las fotos de este consejo estan sacadas en el khlong que hay al lado de la casa de Jim Thompson. Fue nuestra primera manhana en Bangkok y nos quedamos bastante impresionados
Far away from the noisy polluted streets of the city are the famous Khlongs...canals of all widths winding between lush countryside , tiny brightly painted shanty houses and beautiful modern villas with amazing gardens full or orchids.. Take a trip on a longboat, a sort of very big canoe with low benchlike seats, that can shoot off at tremendous speed weaving its way thru the banks of the khlongs or meander at a leisurely pace so that you can take in the sights. .....and what sights! Other longboats piled high with steaming pots and pans actually cooking delicious noodles etc and selling them to families perched on the end of wooden piers at the bottom of their land..a Thai take-away service? Children jumping in and out of the water whilst Mum washed the clothes on the bank, a group of old men selling buckets of bread lowered into the boat by block and tackle, which we bought, to feed the huge catfish that jumped up and surrounded our boat. Great fun for 20baht. Other longboats approached us full of smiling Thai ladies selling little silk purses and other trinkets, and lots of families laughing and joking on a floating picnic area.
The Klongs are more than just water filled channels.
For Bangkok they are means of Transport: better than the roads that are so stuck up in rush hour. They are like the roads. All the houses at the rims have their own access to the water. You wash yourself there, you maybe trade what you have there.
If you want to explore the Khlongs, make a tour, or maybe better: just rent one of the long tail boats you find at the jettys (like in front of Wat Arun). Don't forget to bargain. Maybe you ask others to join you, because you will pay per boat, not per person.
We paid 600 Baht for a trip from Wat Arun to the Banglampoo Pier that took us through the Klongs way back from the main river. Time was a little more than an hour.
I liked how our boat driver made a detour to bring something he bought home to his house at the water.
The water does not look very clean, but it must have a lot of fish in it. People were fishing, we even saw a kingfisher bird.
It is a very special way to see a part of Bangkok that is a little more relaxed than what you experience elsewhere.
Passing through the canals, we observed daily life in areas unencumbered by tourist destinations. Life went on despite long boats carrying loads of tourists with cameras intruding on residential communities. There were a surprising number of occupied houseboats in addition to the many houses on land or stilts. There was no acknowledgement of our presence except for the vendors - we were just a part of life on the canals (not necessarily welcome).
Many shops open directly onto the khlongs for those who come by boat, while other shops come to you. These are often food vendors with fruit, candy,soft drinks, and sometimes more elaborate offerings.
This may not sound so exciting but it realy gives you perspective on the daily life in Bangkok. It's very hard to explain but if you are in Bangkok you should definitly go.
In Bangkok poverty and welth seems to go hand in hand in some wierd way, on one side of the canal you can see this metal shed with kids playing in the water while the neighbor on the other side has this extremely luxurious house with an amazing garden.
A must see if you're in Bangkok.
Bangkok has been called "the Venice of the East" due to the many canals, known locally as "klongs", that criss-cross the old city. Most klongs are found west of the city across the Chao Phraya River in Thonburi and to the north in Nonthaburi and Pak Kret. In the old days of Bangkok these canals served as the main routes of transporation in the city. Even today, homes along the klongs each have a small dock on the water. This is also where the famous floating markets sprang up, although then they actually served locals and not just tourists.
To take a private tour of the klongs, simply hire one of the longtail speed boats found at many of the Chao Phraya piers. They will take you thru many small klongs where you feel as though you have gone back in time. There are still many locals who live along the klongs and depend on them daily to reach markets or temples.
During the tour, you can also ask your driver to stop at the Royal Barge National Museum, which is housed in a large shed along one of the main klongs.
To escape the hustle of busy streets and crowded places, a boat tour through the klongs of Bangkok is a good alternative. The relative quietness of the klongs compared to the traffic noise and only interrupted by a passing boat or swimming kids, is relaxing.
From simple wooden huts to palace like secondary residences of rich businessmen, both exist next to each other. Life is at a much slower pace and people are friendly.
By the way, I was told that the murkish brown colour of the water has nothing to with pollution but comes from the sediments of the riverbed.
I went to visit Jim Thompson's house. On the way back, I found the most amazing canal system - they are quite extensive in Bangkok. This is a side of Bangkok you don't normally see!!