Taking a tour of Bangkok's canals can be a great day trip to get to know Bangkok and relax on a cool longtail boat ride. The main area to catch a boat ride is at the Central Pier located just below the Saphan/Taksin Bridge and BTS Station. There are three main tours to pick from depending on the amount of time you have. The trips range from 1.5 to 3 hours long and there is a bit of haggling about the boat price. You can get a break on the price if you are a little persistent and act like you are going to leave... (Common haggling ploy). Before getting on the boat I recommend buying some drinks for the ride and making sure you will not need the bathroom for the appropriate amount of time.
I took the 2 hour trip but it was a little less time than that, at 1 hour and 53 minutes. The trip just under 24 kilometers which starts out on the Chao Phraya River and heads south then into the canals and back on the the Chao Phraya to the north. The best way for me to describe the trip is by recommending you take a look at my video and photos of the trip. I have included a map from my tracking app on my phone as well as Google map link to help you get to the pier. I thought it was worth my time and money. Have fun and if you do take the trip let me know how it went in the comments below.
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This is the best time to enjoy Bangkok due to the nice temperatures in the winter time. From late November into February the temperatures of Bangkok become cool and dry perfect for a walk in the city. Last week I went for just such a walk starting at the Chinatown area in mid day and ending in the Khao San Road area with some cool beers. The map below shows the General Route that we took through this area. We did a lot of Meandering around the city so there's a lot on the map it's not shown.
We started at the Hua Lamphong MRT Station, taking Exit 1 onto Rama IV Road. Walked first to the Chinatown Gate then into Yarowat Road, which is the main Chinatown area for for restaurants, street food and markets. We explored Chinatown's market areas, walking up and down many small alleys.
From Chinatown we went north and ended up in Bangkok's flower market area on Chakpet Road and near Rama 1 Memorial Bridge. This market supplies much of the flowers to Bangkok's hotels and restaurants.
From the flower market we went to Yodpiman River Walk, taking a route through the Chao Phraya River dock area. The river walk is full of restaurants and bars to relax along the river. I found one of those restaurants and had a few beers and relax a bit from our long afternoon walk through Chinatown. After resting we took the Express ferry all the way up to Pier 15 passing the picturesque Rama VIII Bridege. We had a wonderful meal at the Pier Thawet and from there we walked the final kilometers on Samsen Road to Khao San Road were we enjoyed the beers that we earned from the long day of walking.
The Bangkok's Flower Market supplies flowers to many shops and hotels throughout Bangkok. The market is located along the river and within Chinatown proper. The best time to visit the market is at night when the Market comes to life when all the vendors prepare their flowers for the buyers who come at night to brighten their establishment for the next day with fresh flowers for decoration. You can find many varieties of flowers at the Market and each market is pretty well illuminated so you can appreciate the flowers that are being shown for sale. If you enjoy the Thailand Markets and you are fond of flowers this is definitely a must see any night of the year...
The Assumption Cathedral is a renaissance style building found along the Chao Phraya River in Downton Bangkok. The Cathedral is home to the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bangkok. The history of the church at the location dates back to the Early 1800's when the Catholic Church decided to erect and church to support the missionary work ongoing in Thailand. In 1909 there was a decision to replace the original Thai Style church which was completed in 1919. The Cathedral was designed by a French Architect who used imported Italian marble and Stained glass from made by artisans in France. The Cathedral was badly damaged during World War II.
On May 10, 1984 Pope John Paul visited the Cathedral, which is a commemorated with the Pope's Statue proudly displayed in the front of the Cathedral.
There are three schools associated with the Cathedral that include an Elementary School, a College and a Convent.
The Red Cross manages a snake farm in center city Bangkok only a block away from Lumpini Park. The farm is open to the public and offers a look at Thailand snakes up-close and personal in a zoo-like setting. The snake farm has snake handling shows which present some of the poisonous and non-poisonous snakes found in Thailand in both English and Thai. The show itself is informative about 6 to 8 species of snakes, offering recommendations on how to safely behave when encountering those snakes in the wild. At the end of the show the farm offers an opportunity to touch and hold an very large Burmese python, which was born and raised at the farm and very friendly.
Wachira Benjathat, Chatuchak and Queen Sirikit Park Complex is a vast area of park land, beautifully maintained, and a great area to enjoy Thailand's nature right in the middle of downtown Bangkok. The park complex is located just to the north of the Chatchuchak Weekend Market and easily accessible through either the Subway (at the Chatuchak Station) or the Skytrain (at the Mo Chit Station). The park complex offers many kilometers of running/walking/biking trails to allow the city dwellers to get their exercise and enjoy the beauty of the parks. Each of the park areas has a particular feel as described below.
Wachira Benjathat Park (Rot Fai Park)
Queen Sirikit Park
The park complex offers a lot to do for anyone with a lust for the outdoors after living and working in the metropolitan area of Bangkok.
The metropolitan area of Bangkok has many city parks for everyone to enjoy the fresh air and get exercise. Here are nine that I have visited and have documented with photos, there are others, but these are the biggest and most scenic. There is a Google Map showing the locations of each of these parks at the end of this post.
Information, photos and videos of great destinations in Bangkok. Click here to view a list of Articles about Bangkok Destinations.
Bangkok's 9 Royal Temples
Bangkok Must Sees
Exploring Thailand's Nature
Islands of the Thai Gulf
Thailand's Royal Palaces
Thailand and World War 2
Explore Chiang Rai
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