Iconic Temple, Long Tail Boat Klongs Tour
On the Thonburi side, the iconic Wat Arun and long tail boat Klongs tour. Thonburi was the capital from 1768 to 1782, it remained an independent city and province before merging in 1971. Was the garden of Bangkok and remained less urbanized for a very long time. It is in the 1990s that Thonburi experienced a boom in development with the arrival of housing estate projects and new roads, as well as shopping centers. Since recently, especially with the arrival of the BTS and soon the MRT, there are large residential towers and hotels, especially along the Chao Phraya where in November 2018 the biggest shopping mall opened. Canals in Thonburi are still important waterways and are popular with tourists. Along the Klongs, many temples, the tranquil way of life, the artist’s house traditional puppets show, and far from the traffic jams of Bangkok.
Wat Arun Temple of Dawn
Wat Arun, an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the center of the world in Buddhist cosmology. One of the most famous, revered and oldest temples of Bangkok. Has been under 4 years renovation, and a facelift, rejuvenated and regained a shine by taking on a white appearance taking a white appearance compared to its state (black) before restorations. The favorite of million visitors every year. Pagoda between 67-86 meters high, where one could access by the steep steps and had a very beautiful view of Chao Phraya, unfortunately, the access is closed.
Best time to visit its early morning 06.00-06.30 before the opening, photographers will not regret the early wake-up. Peaceful, not hot, and you may meet monks receiving alms from people in the area. In the evening, around 17.00 is a good time as well for lightening and not many tourists.
Entrance fee 100 baht, dress code
Best Way To Get There
From Tha Thien Pier (8), which is one of the good locations for the sunset on the temple, and where a regular small ferry will take you (3 baht) to the Wat on the other side of the river.
A must visit
Open 08.30 -17.30
Long-Tail Boat Tours
Tours at different routes (price and duration), but Klong Mon is the one, attractions, and places to explore. A lock to pass and life along the Klong will make you forget you are in the heart of Bangkok, keep your camera always ready. Temples, shrines, schools, some ladies’ vendor on a small wooden boat, old wooden and some modern beautiful houses, and some show off kids. A peaceful moment on a past of what the city was like and a lifestyle that we hope will last.
A must long-tail ride boat before the 21st century eats up. Also a real delight for photographers. Tours at Saphan Taksin 1.5 hr to 3hrs.
You can start at Tha Rajinee (7) for a 1-hour tour.
Scam: Be careful with the Taxi or Tuk Tuk that will approach you near the grand palace
A day to remember
Artist’s House-Baan Silapin
On the klong Bang Luang the Baan Silapin is a beautiful 200 years house and a 600 years old Stupa (Chedi) inside, Paintings gallery, clothes, mask, puppets, plain papier-mache masque to paint, and statues for sale. Restaurants and small coffee shops, sometime boat vendors coming around.
One of the best traditional puppet show in Bangkok, they are a very popular troupe and sometimes they perform elsewhere to earn money and continue to make a living from their art.
Every day at 2 pm, free. Wednesday off.
It is best to make sure that the show will take place during your visit
Tel. 02 868 5279 – 081 258 9260- 089 125 3949
Please don’t feed the fish with bread it’s not good for them
A beautiful place to relax and a visit is required
Take a long-tail boat at Taksin Sathorn pier, or a tour on the klong, to negotiate with a stop at the artist’s house
Tha Rajinee (7)
You can try to rent a boat for a tour from Wat Arun
Easy and Free boat from Bang Wa BTS station
Take exit 4, Bang Wa pier, skywalk and down to the first quay. Short (10-15 minutes) but pleasant trip on the klong Phasi Charoen to the last stop, Wat Thongsalangam and 2 minutes walk to Baan Silapin.
Every half hour from 8.00 to 18.00
From BTS Wongwian Yai, Bang Wa station or Talat Phlu, taxi to Wat Kuhasawan and a short walk along the canal
Address 309 Phet Kasem road soi 28
Open 09.00 – 18.00 daily
I never miss and enjoy this tour when friends of mine come to visit Bangkok and ask me to take them around.
If you have any questions, I will be more than happy to help you out