Back in the olden days, Bangkok was comprised of hundreds of small canals or “klong” in Thai and many locals mainly travelled by water. It’s faster, more convenient and efficient than via land. Nowadays most canals in Bangkok have been converted into streets, but on the other side of Chao Phraya river, Thonburi area, the river still retains many of its klongs.
I got the chance to go on a klong tour with Green Wood Travel, a Dutch tour operator based in Bangkok. This is not a touristic boat ride, no it’s a real experience on the water landscape of Bangkok.
In the morning you will be taken to the boat pier. The first thing you’ll notice is the huge amount of bread the vendors are selling and soon you’ll see the large amount of fish in the water, ready to be fed by you. The long boat ride takes you to the last pier, Nonthaburi. Here we stroll around the market where the people were amazed by the amount of fruit, vegetables and meat is being sold.
Back to the pier we switched to long tail boats. From this point on you will feel like going back in time where we leave chaotic Bangkok city behind us and cruise via small klongs to experience the old Bangkok. Everything looks greener and the air quality is so much different.
After visiting some temples we get back to the pier where a smaller boat is waiting for us. This boat fits two people only, maybe three if you’re small enough. With the smaller boats you can reach smaller klongs and these small boats are going fast! Scary at first, but later on it was a lot of fun. Expect to get a little bit wet when the boat is making a turn and your boat is a bit filled with water.
With the small boats we reach a restaurant where our lunch is being served. pretty cool as the restaurant has their own small dock for boats. After a delicious lunch we head back to the main klong where we hop into the long tail boats again for our ride back to the main pier where the minivans are waiting for us to bring us back to the hotel.
A canal tour is a “must do” for people who like to see the traditional Thai ways of living and get a special feeling of Bangkok which can only be obtained by taking a canal tour in Bangkok. Book yours now!
DISCLAIMER: Neng Neng got free tour via Green Wood Travel. I’m not getting paid to write a post. I just want to pass along the amazing tour and share my view with my readers.