Named the Venice of the east, waterways have and still play an important role for the life in Bangkok. Most important river is the mighty Chao Phraya, which disembogues into the gulf of Thailand. Another important canals (called “Klongs” in Thai language) are Klong Saen Saep. and Klong Thonburi. These canals are either man-made or a fortification of natural rivers.
To use the waterways of Bangkok, one has a choice of six different type of boats. The public ones are the river taxis (also called express boats) and the canal boats. Those can be regarded as a bus on water and are used by commuters and tourists alike. The fare is cheap but they can be crowded sometimes during peak hours. Next type of boats are river crossing ferry on the Chao Phraya River. These ferries shuttle between the two riversides, mostly where are no bridges present. Long-tail boats are similar to tuk-tuks on land. They must be rented privately and the price is negotiable. Private river cruises are mostly operating at the afternoon and evening hours and usually include a dinner buffet and traditional Thai dance performances. Hotel shuttle boats operate between several piers to transport hotel guests to their accomodations. The closest boat pier for the hotels near Nana plaza is the Nana Chard Pier at the end of Sukhumvit Soi 15 and connects with the boat services along Klong Saen Saep.
Cruising along the Chao Phraya River with all its temples and other attractions is certainly a well-known tourist pastime but one should definitely also try the smaller and less travelled canals to get a more in-depth and authentic experience of Bangkok's numerous waterways.
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