In the old days, Bangkok was comprised of hundreds of small canals or “khlong” in Thai and local people mainly traveled by water. They relied heavily on the waterways as this mode of transportation is faster, more convenient and efficient than the land route.
Today, most canals in Bangkok have been filled in and converted into streets. However, on the other bank of the Chao Phraya River, our old capital Thonburi which covers an area west of the river still retains many of its larger khlongs. On this side of the city, it is still possible to see the fields, orchards, small family farms and orchid nurseries that are located in the ever-expanding metropolis of Bangkok.
Thonburi is the western part of Bangkok, situated on the right side of the Chao Phraya River. Its many canals had originally given Bangkok the name “Venice of the East”. Passing by boat along the canals gives you a firsthand impression of the scenic life along Bangkok’s waterways. Also visit the Royal Barges Museum and the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).