Essence of Bangkok: Canals of Krung Thep

Discover the canal culture at the heart of Bangkok on this half day tour of the city’s klongs, or small waterways. Be entranced by local life on the river banks, dining on a traditional meal, cruising through the city to the Royal Barge Museum, the Temple of Dawn and a local artisanal village where klong culture comes to life.

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With this tour you can:

  • Choose your own departure date
  • Select the comfort level of accommodation
  • Adjust activities to cater to special interests
  • Modify any aspect of the tour as needed
  • Taking in stunning views of Bangkok's riverside area while enjoying lunch
  • Hopping on a traditional long tail boat and exploring the famous canals of Bangkok
  • Stopping by a charming artisan village to experience the unique artistic vibe there
  • Visiting the Royal Barge Museum to see the collection of historical barges used by royalty
  • Witnessing the spectacular Wat Arun, one of Bangkok's most amazing temples
  • Tours as mentioned and air-conditioned transfers
  • Sightseeing and permit fees during guided times
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Boat cruises and rides while on tour
  • Service charges and government VAT tax

Your exploration of Bangkok’s cultural gems begins with a short drive from your hotel to the Supattra River House Restaurant, a charming riverside eatery that blends traditional Thai culinary culture with stunning views. Sit down for a scrumptious Thai set lunch here before continuing onward, this time swapping your car for a traditional Thai long tail boat! During journey cruise along a small waterway, called a klong, enjoy mesmerising views of local life along the banks en route to a riverside artisan village. This tucked-away village is built within wooden structures once a common sight throughout Bangkok’s klongs – most of which are now replaced by concrete buildings.

On land, set off on a guided wander to see the village’s collection of art, crafted by the talented locals living here. After some ample time to explore, hop back on your long tail boat and continue toward the Royal Barge Museum, home to a fascinating collection historical barges dating back centuries! These massive boats were once rowed by as many as 2000 rowers.  The museum’s crown jewel is the Suphannahong Royal Barge, a behemoth 45-meter vessel built in 1911.

Back on the water, sit back and relax onboard your long tail boat and arrive soon at Wat Arun on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Known as the ‘Temple of Dawn’, Wat Arun is an icon of historic Bangkok, and boasts colourful spires and commanding views over the water. This marks the end of your journey, and your car will pick you up from here to return to your hotel.

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