Unknown Bangkok and Thonburi Klongs
An Authentic Trail
Combining the Klongs with what lies along the Chao Phraya river banks gives a new meaning of
exploring the waterways of Bangkok. Trails of authenticity await explorers of the old
and the well-known along this wonderful venture through the City of Angels.
WHY THIS TOUR?
With Bangkok on one side and Thonburi on the other, the Chao Phraya River splits greater Bangkok into two, leaving two distinctively different sides of the capital. Numerous vessels, from speedy long-tail boats to huge barges, navigate its surface.
The riverside area contains abundant luxury hotels and glitzy shopping malls which almost effortlessly blend in with charming communities, local markets and getting a sense of Bangkok of old. Tailored to deliver exemplary examples of the authentic side of Thailand’s largest city, we will take roads on and over Bangkok’s aorta.
08:00 - 12:30
A guide and driver await you in the morning at your hotel lobby and we will head out towards Chinatown, one of the world’s largest communities outside of China with a deeply rooted connection to Chinese culture. The morning starts with walking into the Pak Klong Talaad, the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. The famous flower market is a sight to behold and one that will leave a deep impression. The sea of colours of abundant flowers will bring a new appreciation for nature and there isn’t a flower you can name that cannot be found at this site. The best time to visit is between 2 and 4 am when the day’s deliveries arrive and the market is in full bloom.
When in Bangkok, a Klong tour over the various waterways of the city and experience should be on your bucket list to understand why the city is called “Venice of the East”. There is much more to see and do in the Thai capital with us on this boat trip. Particularly on the Thonburi side, a myriad of canals are truly inviting to take a peek on how life has stayed the same. No Klong tour is complete without stopping at two highly regarded sites that have found a permanent place along the river.
The Royal Barge Museum is a huge boathouse that displays eight royal, richly-decorated barges, including The Suphannahongsa or Golden Swan, the personal barge of the King. The barges were once used to transfer royalty across the Chao Phraya and are still used for the famed Royal Barge Procession which has been taking place for 700 years. We end the morning at Wat Arun. Known as the ‘Temple of Dawn’, Wat Arun’s most prominent feature is a 70-metre high spire that is one of Thailand’s most famed icons, which even features on a ten baht coin. Built in the 18th century, the temple is dedicated to Aurna the Indian God of Dawn and it is built on the site of the palace of King Taksin.
Unfortunately, it is time to make our way back to shore for an air-conditioned transfer back to your Bangkok accommodation.
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