Bangkok hanging out, Khlong Ong Ang and Walking Street

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Bangkok hanging out, Khlong Ong Ang and Walking Street

The restoration of the Ong Ang khlong began in 2018. Since then, one can discover along a walking-street both Chinatown and the Indian district of Bangkok. Perfect for a night out.

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Rehabilitation of the Khlong Ong Ang

Until a few years ago, the Ong Ang khlong was a small canal wedged between houses, smelling of rotting water and sewage. Only rats and monitor lizards seemed to take pleasure in this most repulsive of spaces. Dirt, darkness, humidity, vermin, etc. the place was not very attractive and dissuaded many visitors.

Since 2018, everything has changed: the canal has been completely cleaned, drained and the banks completely rebuilt. The houses or sheds overlooking the khlong have been razed. On each side, there is now a walking street.

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Ong Ang, walking-street and street-art

The stifling atmosphere and the emanations of the stagnant khlong are now a bad memory. The air now penetrates as well as the light. This new opening makes it possible to discover the khlong, but especially a whole set of old buildings.
The often faded walls are now covered with graphics. We discover scenes of daily life and characters totally fun. The best graffiti artists of the city have been invited and the mix of styles is quite nice.

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Ong Ang, Indian restaurants and street food

As you can see, this canal crosses two emblematic districts of Bangkok. On one side Chinatown, on the other Pahurat the Indian quarter. The Khlong marks a separation or a place of transition between two cultures and two atmospheres. The canal is at the heart of these two very dynamic districts of Bangkok, and above all very characteristic of the city’s multiculturalism. It’s also an asset for gourmets. Indeed, all along the canal are numerous Indian restaurants, to which are added on the weekend the street food stands.
The choice is vast, the flavours varied and the prices generally quite low. A place where everyone can find something to please themselves.

Things to know :
Along the khlong Ong Ang, you can find a few small Indian restaurants open every day. Excellent value for money. Ideal for fans of Indian food. Also, ideal for vegetarians.

Ong Ang Khlong and its markets

The place is magical for shopping lovers: on one side the Indian markets (fabrics, incense, etc.), on the other side the trinkets and other fancy stuff from Chinatown. Both markets have in common that they have a lot of shops one on top of the other and that they are constantly crowded. In short, markets that are fun to visit, but that quickly exhaust many visitors. As a result, the Ong Ang khlong is the ideal place to have a drink and relax.
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Not to be missed 1:
*The Ong Ang Khlong is becoming a popular place for many parties. It is the ideal place for Loy Krathong. You can put down the khratong and see it floating (unlike the Chao Phraya where the probability of the krathong being submerged by a wave is 99%). It’s also along the walking street that the Indian community gathers to celebrate the Navratri festival.

Not to be missed 2:

*On weekends, it is possible to go kayaking… especially for children. It is essentially an introduction to kayaking or canoeing.

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Practical information on the Khlong Ong Ang:

  • Khlong Ong Ang - Address: Suan Luang, Bangkok 10250
  • How to get there?
    • Get off at Sam Yot MRT station. Just walk for 5 minutes to find the khlong.
    • By boat, just get off at the Memorial Bridge pier. Then walk for 10 minutes.

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