Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy
Tour Comfort: Standard
Tour Period: Afternoon / Morning
Thonburi was the old Thai capital and remained a separate province until merged with Bangkok in 1972. It has managed to avoid a lot of the concrete and glass high rise development which has taken over much of the city and retains an old world charm and serenity. Much of the life in Thonburi is centred on the klongs (canals), the veins which carry the lifeblood of the community. We’ll be cruising along the Chao Praya, the River of Kings, which divides Thonburi from Bangkok proper, and then through the network of canals lined with stilted shacks, dilapidated houses and ramshackle lean-tos. We can still see here glimpses of a centuries-old lifestyle: how people lived when Bangkok was known as the Venice of the East. On the way, we’ll stop at beautiful Wat Arun on the banks of the Chao Praya.