Bangkok: Boat – khlongs

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Bangkok: Boat – khlongs

Bangkok, its boats, its khlongs, its canals, are in a way the essential networks for Bangkok life and the main way to discover the heart of the City.


The Intriguing Khlongs of Bangkok

Unveiling Bangkok’s Khlongs: Discover the enchanting network of canals that weaves tales of tradition, trade, and daily life in the heart of the city.

Key Figures about Bangkok’s Khlongs:

  • Over 1,500 km of interconnected canals, known as “khlongs,” weave through Bangkok.
  • These canals were once vital routes for transportation and trade.

Key dates in the history of khlongs

  • 19th Century: Emergence of khlongs as vital trade routes in Bangkok.
  • 1851: Construction of “Khlong Saen Saep” begins under King Rama IV.
  • 1950s-1970s: Urbanization leads to covering and narrowing of khlongs.
  • 1990s: Renewed efforts to conserve and restore remaining khlongs.
  • Today: Preserved khlongs offer insights into traditional Bangkok life.

Exploring the khlongs

The majestic Chao Phraya River

The Chao Phraya is Thailand’s main river, spanning 372 km. It connects the north to the south of the country, passing through the capital city, Bangkok. Historically vital for trade and exchanges, it continues to play a key role in transportation, tourism, and Thai culture.

The Chao Phraya River:

  • Length: Approximately 372 kilometers
  • Flows through: Northern Thailand to the Gulf of Thailand
  • Major cities: Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Sawan
  • Economic importance: Historic trade route and key transportation corridor

Exploring Chao Phraya’s Highlights !

Along the Chao Phraya River, you’ll find a wealth of attractions:

  • Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew: Iconic royal residence and temple
  • Wat Arun: Stunning riverside temple with a distinctive spire
  • Wat Pho: Home to the famous Reclining Buddha statue
  • Asiatique The Riverfront: Entertainment complex with shopping and dining
  • ICONSIAM: Luxury shopping mall and entertainment complex
  • Chinatown (Yaowarat): Vibrant neighborhood with bustling markets
  • Thonburi: Historical area with traditional communities and temples
  • Royal Barges National Museum: Houses ornate royal ceremonial boats

These are just a few highlights; the Chao Phraya River offers a rich tapestry of history, culture, and modernity to explore.