304. Khlong Saen Saep, Bangkok Thailand
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I first encountered this canal when Google Maps gave me directions to my hotel. I followed it and realized that a part of the journey was on a Water Taxi. It was quite the journey through the Khlong Saen Saep Canals. It’s well choreographed and seems a bit dangerous, but I did not see anyone fall in the murky waters so it works.
Khlong Saen Saep is a canal in Bangkok Thailand. It’s a water way that’s primarily used in parts to transport people around the city. It connects the Chao Phraya River to Prachinburi Province.
How To Get Here
By Water Taxi
The water taxis runs along the canal and is perhaps the cheapest form of transportation in the city. The boats are very frequent. To get to this area, take the BTS to Asok or the MTS to Makasan.
There is train service in Bangkok provided by the State Railway of Thailand from other cities in Thailand to Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong Station. You can find schedules online. There are also trains from neighboring countries to Thailand. Once at the central station then take you can take the railway to the Talat Phlu Railway station or take the BTS to Pho Nimit or Talat Phlu stations.
Once you arrive In Bangkok, you may also take a Tuk Tuk or a taxi, whichever you prefer to the Water Taxi station nearest you.
The nearest airport are the two airports in Bangkok; Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Thailand (BKK) and Bangkok-Don Mueang, Thailand (DMK). Both airports are accessible by trains, from which you can easily get to the city center, then take your different modes of transportation from there. You can go to the Makasan station and then walk to the Asok Water Taxi station.
The following airlines serve Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi (BKK)
Aeroflot (SU), Air Astana (KC), Air Austral (UU), Air China (CA), Air France (AF), Air India (AI), All Nippon Airlines (NH) , Asiana Airlines (OZ), Bangkok Airways (PG), Beijing Capital Airlines (JD), Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG), British Airways (BA), Cathay Pacific Airways (CX), Cebu Pacific Air (5J), China Airlines (CI), China Eastern Airlines (MU), China Southern Airlines (CZ), Druk Air (KB), Eastar Jet (ZE), El Al Airlines (LY), Emirates (EK), Egyptair (MS), Ethiopian Airlines (ET), Etihad Airways (EY), Eurowings (EW), EVA Airways (BR), Finnair (AY), FlyDubai (FZ), Garuda Indonesia (GA), Gulf Air (GF), Hainan Airlines (HU), HB, Hong Kong Airlines (HX), IndiGo Airlines (6E), Japan Airlines (JL), Jeju Air (7C), Jet Airways (9W), Jetstar Airways (JQ), Jetstar Asia (3K), Jetstar Pacific Airlines (BL), Jin Air (LJ), Juneyao Airlines (HO), Kenya Airways (KQ), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Korean Airlines (KE), Kuwait Airways (KU), Lao Airlines (QV), Lucky Air (8L), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Mahan Air (W5), Malaysia Airlines (MH), Myanmar Airways International (8M), Nepal Airlines (RA), Norwegian Air Shuttle (DY), Okay Airways (BK), Oman Air (WY), Peach Aviation (MM), Philippine Airlines (PR), Qantas (QF), Qatar Airways (QR), Regent Airways (RX), Rossiya Airlines (FV), Royal Brunei Airlines (BI), Royal Jordanian (RJ), S7 Airlines (S7), Shandong Airlines (SC), Shanghai Airlines (FM), Shenzhen Airlines (ZH), Sichuan Airlines (3U), Singapore Airlines (SQ), Spicejet (SG), Spring Airlines (9C), SriLankan (UL), Swiss Airlines (LX), Thai Airways (TG), THAI Smile Airways (WE), Tiger Airways (TR), Turkmenistan Airlines (T5), T’Way Airlines (TW), Ukraine International (PS), Ural Airlines (U6), Uzbekistan Airways (HY), Vietjet Air (VJ), Vietnam Airlines (VN) and Xiamen Air (MF).
The following airlines serve Bangkok-Don Mueang (DMK):
Air Asia (AK) Indonesia Air Asia (QZ), China Express Airlines (G5), Kan Air (K8), Maldivian Airline (Q2), New Gen Airways (E3), Nok Air (DD), Orient Thai Airlines (OX), Philippine Airlines (PR), Scoot (TZ), Thai Asia Airways (FD), Thai AirAsia X (XJ), Thai Lion Air (SL) and TOR Air (OD).
There are buses from the neighboring countries into Bangkok. The Alissan Golden Coach, Konsortium Bas Ekspres, SE Super Ekspres from Malaysia for example. You can make bookings directly or at Easybook.com. Once in Bangkok take the MTS to the Makasan station and then walk to the Asok Water Taxi station or yo can just take a taxi or a tuk tuk to the nearest water Taxi Station.
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
There are long boats running up and down the Chao Phraya River. You can take one of these to the BTS and then get to the Asok Water Taxi Station.
Where To Stay
Try to stay in a hotel that’s along the canal. The AVANI Bangkok actually sits right on the canals. You can watch the boats go bu from the hotel. Plus the view is pretty amazing as well.
==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.
==>> Try Airbnb.
Where To Eat
There are a many places to eat in this area. Just get off at any stop of the Water Taxi and you will see street food everywhere.
What To Do
For this one, just take the Water Taxis around the area and enjoy the canal as well as the people on the water taxi. It’s pretty amazing to see people do their daily rounds. It’s not frequented by tourists at all. You’ll be luck you see a few as they don’t know about it. Be careful though as you could fall in. Just watch the locals and follow them. If you have a backpack, be careful of it catching on anything as you enter the taxis.
Language: Thai. English is also spoken.
Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
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