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 river plays a fundamental role in Bangkok's life, impossible to appreciate from the banks.
You have to move a while in the water, either joining a trip in the Chao river, or hiring a river taxi, if you know where to go.
The floating market is a good place that you can visit by boat, as we did.
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.
Longtail Boats are a fast, sometime exciting way of getting around the Chao Phraya river. You can hire one for your own ride through the khlongs, and get up close to the riverside housing off the main straight of the river. The small floating stores never miss an opportunity to get a few tourist Baht, and add to the interest of the ride. The juxtaposition of the variable housing - much of it very basic - and the opulent highrises alongside and behind them, makes it all the more interesting. There is also the reality that many of the locals actually bathe in this dirty river.
Canal (khlong) transport is the chosen method of getting to work and back home for some 60,000 thousand Thais. They don't take the boat for fun but do so because it is a very efficient, inexpensive and fast way to commute. But for tourists, taking a commuter canal boat can not only be a great way to get from A to B, it can also be great fun. Don't be put off by reviewers who say it is too dangerous. Sure, the water is filthy and the boats come into and leave the piers at quite a lick, so it's not suitable if you are carrying luggage or you are unsteady on your feet. But if you keep your wits about you it's safe enough, and well-worth the effort. You will see a side of Bangkok not possible by any other means of transport.
The main artery of the inner city commuter canal system is called Klong Saen Saap and runs from The Golden Mount (Poo Cow Tong) all the way to Bangkapi, a distance of some 18 kilometres. There are 23 stops on the route, many of them at road bridges. So if, for example you are staying in Cow Saan Rd, and you want to go to Jim Thomson's House get on the boat at Golden Mount and get off at Charoen Phon; if you want to do some shopping or catch a movie get off at Hua Chang (near Siam Bridge) and take a short stroll to some of the city's main shopping malls such as MBK, Paragon or Siam Centre. If you want to get to Sukhumvit Rd stay on the boat for another couple of stops; if you want to go to the Eastern Bus Station (Ekamai) ask the ticketman or a fellow passenger to tell you when you get to Prasan Mit, etc.
On your way you will sometimes see people swimming (believe it or not!), you will see into the shacks of the khlong people, some will wave to you, while others will go quietly about their chores, washing clothes, cooking, watching TV, feeding their children.
Be warned: The service starts quite early in the morning but shuts down at 8pm.
Take a trip in a longtail boat along the Klongs. Our trip covered some of the northern Khlongs so we did not see the floating market, but we did see the royal barge museum.
Here you get away from the hectic pace of the Bangkok raods and see another side of living here. The houses range from small huts on stilits where the residents use the khlong for bathing and washing, to large luxery canalside mansions
We set out from the Taksin bridge and paid 2000 baht for 4 of us in a boat. Got the impression that 2000 was the price you pay regardless of party size
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
A trip down the khlongs on a longtail boat is a great way to spend an hour or so.
You certainly see a different side of Bangkok. It makes you realise that the river and the khlongs are an essential part of these peoples lives.
You can do a Canal tour by a number of ways. One do one of the organised tours by a tour company which uses large boats and you do not see as much. Two hire a Longtail boat from the Bangkok Tourist Information Centre, or three go to Wha Chang Pier and the Longtail boats are there waiting to take you on a tour for a couple of hours. The tour is quite good as you get to see what is happening on the Chao Phraya River and then you travel into the canals and get to see life on the river. You can stop at Wat Arun, then you stop to feed some fish and other locations. You can also stop at the Royal Barge Musuem where the King keeps all the Royal Barges which are used on the River to mark special occassions.
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.
When you are in Bangkok try to not miss a tour on the canals by their small boats, it's amazing.
You can not just have a rour but use the canals to move around Bangkok, they are often faster than busses and taxis, canals do not know traffic jam yet!