Unknown Bangkok and Thonburi Klongs

An Authentic Trail
through Bangkok

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.

TRAIL ITINERARY

An Authentic Trail through Bangkok

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.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
  • Transportation by long-tail boat
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis.
  • Joint tours are operated with English and German-speaking guide on specific days of the week only. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that we are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • To respect local customs and respecting the religious sites and temples on this tour, it is customary for guests to take off their shoes before allowed entrance. Your guide will inform you in advance for which of these sites this is applicable.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Natural elements of any kind have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It is the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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