Discovering Bangkok’s Waterways (from Riverside Hotels 1)

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day tour

Tour Level: Relaxed / Easy

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Morning / Afternoon

tour highlights

  • Catch a glimpse of traditional Bangkok
  • Observe the everyday life of river dwellers away from the tourist hordes
  • Cruise along the Chao Phraya and admire the ever-changing scenery
  • Travel like a local through the narrow Thonburi canals (klongs)

tour details

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.

tour description

Among the best ways to explore Bangkok is by boat. A cruise along the Chao Phraya River - the city's lifeblood - and the canals of Thonburi reveal scenes at odds with the bustling, modern inner city. Visitors get a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. This picturesque view is what earned Bangkok the title of "Venice of the East." En route, stop at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), one of the most attractive temples in Thailand.


Transfer included: No, Daily from Bangkok Riverside hotels (from/to Royal Orchid Sheraton, Mandarin Oriental, Shangri-La, Millennium Hilton, Peninsula)
Meals included: None
    Tour code: BKKDBTK1

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