Bangkok canal boats

The main canal route that has a similar kind of service to that of the river express boats is Khlong Saen Saep. This is a very similar service, but operated by longtail boats which tend to be more frequent and slightly more expensive (around 5B to 15B). They're more difficult to get on and off also, due to having to step under a bar direct on to the seats, as compared to the River Express where entrance is onto an open ended platform on the end of the boat. They also make the same rapid stops, and falling into the dirty canal is a distinct possibility if you're not careful. It's often necessary to get off while the boat is still moving, albeit very slowly. Tickets are always bought onboard. Khlong Saen Saep canal boat

The Khlong Saen Saep boats offer a useful service from Banglamphu all the way across the city to the Ramkhamhaeng University area. The most useful stops for visitors are perhaps, Tha Banglamphu / Tha Phanfa, Tha Saphan Hua Chang, near Jim Thompson's House and MBK shopping, Tha Pratunam, off Ratchprarop road near the World Trade Center, Tha Asok, off Asok road (Sukhumvit Soi 21) and off Soi Ekkamai off Sukhumvit road. This is one of the best ways to get across town, but get on a boat and more often that not, there's no farang on it. This is perhaps due to the fact that very few details of these boats are given in any of the guidebooks, also the piers are a little hidden away, and can take a bit of effort to find. It's not uncommon to have some of the dirty water splashed up on to the passengers also.

The Banglamphu pier is just off Ratchadamnoen road under a bridge, not far from either Wat Ratchanada or Wat Saket. Tha Saphan Hua Chang pier is located under a bridge at the end of Soi Kasem San. Boats going left from here go to Banglamphu, right to Pratunam.

Longtail boats can also be chartered, normally to go on tours round the canals of Thonburi. See the Thonburi section for information about this.

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