River Cruising, a Serene Getaway – Take in the Sights of Bangkok in a Unique Way!

Hoping to take in all the fascinating sights that Bangkok has to offer? Then read on to find out about a very serene and relaxed way to do so.

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Explore the khlongs in a long-tailed boat
Head to the river pier in the morning and hire a traditional Thai long-tail boat, and spend a fascinating time exploring the river’s many canals known as Khlongs in Thai.

Book yourself onto a luxury dinner cruise
Cruise down the mighty Chao Phraya River by booking yourself on to a luxury dinner cruise. It’s a perfectly comfortable way to get a look at the dazzling skyline of the city shaped by skyscrapers, and many a Riverside Bangkok hotel including the likes of Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort.

Things to see
Once you meander down the waterway, you will be able to get a glimpse of a seamless blend of historic monuments, shimmering palaces and modern buildings boasting sleek designs. Don’t forget to take lots and lots of pictures of the stunning views.

Drift down the river on an antique rice barge
A relaxed ride down the cool waters during a hot afternoon is a great way to beat the mid-day heat and humidity. Board a beautifully restored antique rice barge and get a close glimpse of the bustling locality that’s centered around the banks of the river.

 

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Thonburi Canals – Journeys worth every penny

The Thonburi Canals are a series of tributaries that snake its way through Bangkok while letting you experience a side to life in the city that most foreign travellers would find hard to understand and relate to. Fondly referred to as “khlongs”, these waterways which for long periods formed part of the local transportation system in the city have transformed itself into colourful escapes and appealing attractions for those yearning for good quality adventuring in their own time, away from the hustle of the city and its inhabitants.

Hordes of commuter boats dot these canals ever ready to escort curious visitors across its silent waters and to the very doorstep of some of Bangkok’s most acclaimed landmarks and sights that are steeped in history and culture. While first time visitors may find these tributaries and the boats quite a daunting task, especially during peak times when large numbers of visitors tend to crowd around onto every available boat, the best course of action that one ought to engage in is by chartering a private boat on which one might schedule one’s own adventures under the watchful and capable eyes of trusted tour guides, well versed in navigating these waters. For a more conclusive outlook on how to enjoy the best experience on these canals, do consult your hotel that you might be based at, for there is no better perspective than those offered by the locals. Checking into a riverside Bangkok hotel such as Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort would be the ideal way in which to kick start your holidays here. A boat can be hired for a fee ranging from 400-500 baht per hour which is negotiable of course but at times you will only be offered a driver whose English may or may not be up to scratch. Piers ranging from Taksin, Rivercity and Maharaj are the main piers from where one’s journeys could commence. The Royal Barges Museum, Khlong Mon and Khlong Bangkok Yai are some of the more popular choices for exploring though meandering past makeshift homes, iconic temples, secluded streets and busy marketplaces only add to the joys of being lost within a part of Bangkok that one would always want to return to in the future.

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