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Boat trip along canals of life
“Cha-cha” (slowly,slowly) is the key word here. However, Lung Wei knows what you want to see and nowhere in the Bangkok region will you find a more exotic excursion.
Bangkok was known as the “Venice of the East” until rather recent times when they started to fill the khlongs, to build roads and expand the city. Most of the large expanse between the Chao Phraya and the Nakon Chai Si Rivers were islands up until about 20 years ago. At that time they started a road network. However, there are still large parts of this area where people have no access to the roads and life unfolds as it has for centuries.
Boat trip to Wat Ta Khian Floating Market
Duration: 1 hour
Price: 1 – 2 passengers 600.- Baht, 3-6 passengers 200.- Baht/persons
Lung Wei – our boat man – brings you close to the local people and culture. He also knows where to spot the monitor lizards (Resembling Commodore Dragons), huge fish,the ice-cream boat and all other essentials for those that live their entire life on the klong.
In Wat Ta Khian Floating market you can try a lot of local snacks. Shop fresh vegetables and fruits from gardens and farms nearby. Sellers would put their products on the boat. It’s surely a scenic and yummy trip!
Please note: On weekends and national holidays Wat Takien market will be most lively.
Visitors can also go to/return home from Bangkok with a long-tail boat (somewhat larger than Lung Wei’s boat). These boats are used by local people to go to work in the morning and to return home in the evening. IF you choose to go with the locals (one of the 30 that pile into the boat). you will see a side to Bangkok that few visitors see. Long tail boats travel between Bang-Yai (near Thai House) and Tha Chang (Grand Palace) from 06:00 to 08:00 in the morning and 16:00 to 18:00 in the evening.
Long-tail boats can also be rented for longer excursions.