Klongs

Klongs, Bangkok: Hours, Address, Klongs Reviews: 4/5

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These are the many small waterways or canals that snake through the city of Bangkok.
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada4,109 contributions
It was our last day in Bangkok and we wanted to have a chill day. Our guide recommended we take a private canal tour (not a floating market) on a traditional long boat. We headed over to the pier which was about a 5 min walk from our hotel by the river and away we went. The driver always flashed us friendly and inviting smiles but he did not speak a word of English. But really it is a canal tour we could figure it out for ourselves. We did have to wear lifejackets and the seats were low and made of wood. Not bad for an hour ride but could have been very comfortable if it was much longer.

Then we first started and on our way back to the pier we had to go threw a larger spot on the river to get to the canals. The water was very choppy and we got a little wet but it was only about 3min each way. Which was kind of nice how it was at least 30c. Once on the canals it was much calmer. Honestly the water is brown but it is in a canal where there are tons of boats. So it is not going to be baby blue.
The tour is about an hour long and you get to see the back yards of locals and houses on stilts over the water. There is a few temples you pass. We also saw lots of birds, lizards, the odd person fishing, ladies selling things & people go on about their day.
It was a really fun experience and if you have a space hour I would recommend it.
I do not remember how much we paid for the private tour but I know it wasn't very much.
Written June 5, 2020
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M_a_r_a_964
Zurich, Switzerland163 contributions
We did a 90 minute Klong tour organised by our hotel. Although I had done one of those tours many years before, it was a new experience for my husband and our 16 year old son. We all enjoyed it a lot and it gives an important back view of the other side of Bangkok. For me it was especially important to show my son how Bangkok looks like beyond the luxury hotels and malls. You also see a lot of animals like fish, monkeys and the big lizards as well as some beautiful trees, mangroves and palms.
Written August 1, 2022
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NawtyStupot
Brisbane, Australia575 contributions
Couples
I took a ride on the klongs, I got on the river taxi just up the street from Wat Saket ( Golden Mount ) I caught the river taxi at Phan Fa Leelat, beware of all the tuk tuk drivers hanging around the river taxi stop as they will tell you "NO BOAT TODAY" or " BOAT FINISH NOW" they just want you to go with them instead. You do have to be quick getting on as the taxi doesn't hang around waiting for you! I travelled all along the klongs down to Thong Lo, I think around 12 stops. I got off at Thong Lo, had some food there & then got back on the taxi boat going back the other way & then got off at Chit Lom. The klongs stink, there is simply no way of getting away from that & if visiting & riding on the klongs keep your hands out of the water it is very dirty & carries disease. I know people who have been very sick just by being splashed on the face / lips with the dirty water.
I think it's a must do experience for the Bangkok visitor though, it's very cheap & a very good way to see parts of Bangkok that otherwise would remain hidden from you. Go on give it a go, you'll love it!
Written May 13, 2013
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NorthLondonHousewife
London, UK50 contributions
Family
Gives a real feel for how people, rich and poor, live all pushed up against each other and against the water.
Recommend a private boat to get the most out of it all, ideally with a private guide to talk you through what you're seeing.
Written April 22, 2012
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William J
Bangkok, Thailand110 contributions
Solo
I love travelling by klong (the Thai word for "canal"). The best place to start your adventure is to take a taxi to the Mall Bangkapi, a nice mall filled with places to shop, eat, watch movies and swim in the small water park that is on the roof. (The pier or "tha" is just behind the Mall parking lot.)

Once you get to the pier, you will catch a boat that is heading to the right of the pier if you are standing on the pier with your back to the parking lot. Then literally jump on a boat that is heading towards the city center. If it is not rush hour, there should be seats. Try to sit up near the front of the boat to escape the smoky smell and noise of the large engine. A conductor will come by and take your money once you get on. You can either say "Wat Saket" (the end of the klong) or "Central World Plaza" (where you have to get off the larger boat and get onto a smaller boat--use the same ticket). You will have to say "Cen-tun Whor" for them to understand you. I suggest that you go all the way to the end if you have the time and you like boats. Yes, it will be smelly and dirty water may splash in your face if you are unlucky, but it is quite the adventure going under the bridges and around various obstacles. Be careful when you get on and off because the boats just slow down and then speed off. The Thais are very helpful and friendly, so just ask someone you are sitting near where you are or where your destination is if you are not getting off at the places I mentioned.
Written May 12, 2012
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TrevCollins
Brighton, UK23 contributions
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It's ridiculously cheap, noisy, smelly, dirty, and absolutely fun! How much more authentically Bangkok can you get?!

Give it a go if you're feeling brave, a really special way to see a side of Bangkok that most people (apart from the locals) will probably never see. Take the public transport option (as opposed to any private operators), as it only costs about 10-20 Baht!
Written June 1, 2013
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Don E
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam123 contributions
Family
I took the klong public taxi boat from Onuuch to Srinarkarind.. What a great way to spend 90 minutes - spend 20 baht. Go to Onnuch sBTS station.. walk back along the foot path towards Prakannong over the small footbridge over the klong take your directly to the jetty. Get in the waiting boat pay 10 baht - then 45 minute tour along some great scenery you never see. Temple s slums middle class house and mansions. the taxi terminates at Srinakarind Rsdd - turns around after 10 minutes and comes back - pay another 10 baht. to Onnuch. 5 minute walk to the BTS. My daughter used up an entire SD card taking photos. A great adventure and you absolutely cannot get lost or ripped off.
Written November 27, 2012
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Binu A
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates1,713 contributions
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We took a Canal Tour just after the Grand Palace from Tha Chang Pier for 900 Baht for one hour of touring for 4 people.

The Pier itself is very clean and a few nice restaurants are closeby.

The tour started on the Cho Praya River, and eventually turns into the canals.

This is a lovely way to see the canals and life on the canals. Though the river is muddy, the water was clean of debris and garbage and there was no smell at all.

On The Chao Praya River, we passed a few landmarks like Wat Arun, The Royal Navt Headquarters and the Place where the Royal Barges are kept.

Eventually we turned into the canals, and the canals itself were very clean. They are like streets albeit, the streets are replaced with bodies of water with boat traffic going both ways.

We saw an array of houses, belonging both to the rich and poor alike with numerous Wat's along the way.

The Canals are filled to the brim with giant catfish near the Wats, as people dont fish the waters near the Wat. We stopped of and bought bread and fed the fish, and it was amazing.

We even saw a few boats selling wares on the Canals similar to the floating market and even bought a few cold drinks.

The tour itself is very peaceful and very picturesque.

The long tail boat we were in was spotlessly clean and comfortable.

An interesting way to see Bangkoks river life.
Written October 11, 2011
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,096 contributions
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It is interesting to see how many people still live and earn a living on the canals and other waterways of Bangkok. Many live in shacks along the waterways, and others have wooden shops which are tied to the shore and go up and down with the tide. Some vendors sell their goods out of small, unique-styled boats powered by the vendor’s paddling. Touring the waterways of Venice by boat is romantic. Touring the Klongs and other waterways of Bangkok is an educational experience. There are floating markets. The air does not have a pleasant smell. During the day, many parts of the Klongs are fairly noisy. The water is polluted and brown in colour. Many of the shacks along the Klongs are stilted and dilapidated, with the people still living lives similar to their ancestors of past generations.
Written September 7, 2018
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stephen r
rochester170 contributions
Couples
We took one of these for 90min journeys around the waterways and found it really interesting and a great way to see a lot of the city we probably wouldn't have visited. We meet some Thai's earlier who advised us to go to the government pier rather than the Chinese pier?? Regardless we followed their instructions and got our own boat where it appeared everyone else was getting packed in 10's for the same price. And obviously we bartered hard and got a great afternoon on the riverways for about £20 on our own personal boat, being able to stop pretty much anywhere. Couldn't advise this attraction enough, great to see the city skyline from the waters perspective.
Written May 28, 2013
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