Carlos Melia – Khlong Touring in Bangkok Along the Chao Phraya

Published Date Author: , November 18th, 2015

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IMG_6059-1024x768On a very hot and humid day, it was quite lovely to go on for a long sail onboard a long-tailed speedboat, along the Chao Phraya River and later penetrate the life along the khlongs of Bangkok, enjoy the breeze and every so often a cold splash of water.

Our tour began right at our host hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, and from there we went on for approximately 3 hours. This is one of my many visits to Bangkok, but indeed the first time doing the tour of the khlongs, which gives of a totally different perspective of life in Bangkok in the banks of the river and its canals. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Bangkok…

Carlos Melia - ThailandA Khlong is the general name for a canal on the central plain of Thailand. These canals are spawned by the Chao Phraya, among other rivers, and their tributaries. The Thai word khlong is not limited to artificial canals.

As we sailed along the Chao Phraya River for 10 minutes, we arrived to our first stop. Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn. A Buddhist temple in the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmark.

As we left Wat Arun, we got back onboard our long tailed boats, and this time we left the main water artery of the Chao Phraya River, to enter the Khlongs.

As you sail through, you will immerse yourself in the picturesque riverside scenery, as you drift past stilted wooden homes, floating markets, shops, colonial mansions and all kinds of colourful culture and people along the riverfront.

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