Attraction Khlong Saen Saeb, Bangkok, Thailand Published on: 17-06-2016
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Why Boat Trips on the River and Canals is special ?
The Khlong Saen Saep Express Boat service operates is a fast, inexpensive ferry service on the Khlong Saen Saeb in Bangkok through the city's traffic-congested commercial districts. The service has a checkered reputation due to the polluted water in the canal and the haphazard nature in which the service is operated.
The service runs between Pom Prap Sattru Phai and Bang Kapi districts in Bangkok. The Pratu Nam pier in Pathum Wan/Ratchathewi districts is an transfer station where passenger change between the western line, which terminates at Golden Mount, and the eastern line, which terminates at NIDA. Boats past Watthana and Huai Khwang districts, running parallel to Phet Buri Road.
What to explore at Boat Trips on the River and Canals?
You can see local life as it’s lived near the water take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin and hire a long boat from Tha Sathon pier.
There is lots to see as you zip along the canal. On the way back you can get off and explore any areas that caught your attention. While the sights might not be as grand as along the canals off the Chao Phraya River, it is an opportunity to see how regular people of Bangkok live and work.
Ride the boat to the last pier, Pan Faar pier (15THB). After that walk straight directly thru Democracy Monument. Then you will see Grand Palace on your left.
- Travel like a real Thai
- Authentic Thai experience
- Good Escape from Bangkok Noise
- A Cool Adventure
- A great way to beat the jam in Bangkok
Khlong Saen Saeb, Bangkok, Thailand
Tips for you
One of the quickest ways to get around Bangkok is by canals (or klongs as they are known). In years past Bangkok was known as the “Venice of the East” because of its very many canals feeding into the Choa Phraya River. This network of waterways connected every part of old Bangkok and were often bordered by gently sloping grassy banks planted with flame trees and other tropical flora. Not only did these canals transport goods and food but were used as public transport. But with the coming of the bus and car many canals were filled in, covered over or reduced to shadows of their former selves; narrowed slowly flowing. Although it is possible to take a private tour of some of the remaining canals (and I would recommend it) the only major klong to transport commuters and public these days is the Klong Saen Saep. Long boats crammed with people ply the canal from early morning till late night, sometimes the boats look like nothing more than sardine cans, so full of workers travelling between home and work and back at the end of the day. These boats speed between piers at what seems a thrilling breakneck speed foam and spray churned by the cleaving of water at the bow and aft from the propellers. Water often splashes and splatters the passengers as the bankside life zips past. Kids take advantage of the dark waters, playing on the narrow walkways, jumping from bridges in a daring do display of youthful abandon or simply swimming in the murky waters; underpants substituted for swimsuits or indeed dog-paddling as nature intended. The boat passes the Central World shopping complex and one of the world’s top ten hospitals the Bumrungrad International Hospital before terminating at the Golden Mount. There are two levels of fares 10 baht and 20 baht paid on the boat by a ticket collector who balances precariously on a narrow gunwale. There are two levels of fare 10 baht and the complete journey from terminus to terminus is a whopping 20 baht which is a lot less t than either a US dollar, British pound or Euro. If you want a different kind of thrill that only Bangkok offers then a trip on the Saen Seap Canal boat is an essential part of your Bangkok experience.