3-The Canal Tour – Half Day


Tour Bangkok’s ‘khlongs’ or small canals and get a glimpse of local life. This 4-hour guided excursion takes place aboard a longtail boat, giving you easy access to hard-to-reach sites such as the Artist’s House, a community center located within a restored wooden home. As your float down Bangkok’s backwaters, your onboard guide will fill you in on the city’s vast history and how it became the frenetic metropolis it is today. You can also extend your day trip with an optional guided tour of some of Bangkok’s most impressive temples.


After meeting your guide in the morning in central Bangkok, head to a nearby pier to board your longtail boat. Then take off along the Chao Phraya River and admire views of skyscrapers, hotels and riverside homes before turning into the khlongs. Gliding through the narrow canals, observe daily life on the water as you pass by simple wooden houses flagged by clothes drying in the sun, a khlong-style convenience store, perhaps some water birds and, if you’re lucky, maybe a sunbathing lizard. Your first stop is Wat Khun Chan temple, where your guide points out the contrast between the modern temples on one side of the khlong and the older homes perched on wooden stilts on the other side. Continue to the Artist’s House (Baan Silapin), a beautifully restored old home on the canal that a local artist renovated, in part to preserve the traditional structure and in part to open a gallery and art center. Walk around the house to enjoy the paintings, sculptures, architecture and tranquil atmosphere. In the garden, your guide points out an old stupa, a relic that’s thought to date back at least 250 years to the Ayutthaya period. Next, move on to an orchid farm where your guide discusses the prized flower, and then make a stop where you can feed sacred catfish that suddenly appear in the water around the boat. Enjoy a last glimpse of the khlongs before returning to the Chao Phraya River where your tour ends.