Nineteenth-century Bangkok was laced with canals, giving the capital the designation Venice of the East. As Bangkok turned into a bustling metropolis, Thonburi is surviving canals and the Chao Phraya River provide memorable vignettes of the traditional waterborne way-of-life that once was. No wonder then that most travelers visit the district by boat.
A Khlong (also commonly spelled Klong) commonly refers to a canal in Thailand. These canals are spawned by the Chao Phraya, The Tha Chin, the Mae Klong Rivers, and their tributaries particularly in the low-lying areas of central Thailand. The Thai word khlong is not limited to artificial canals. Many smaller rivers are referred to as Klongs, followed by the name of the stream
Historically, the Thai capital Bangkok was crisscrossed by khlongs, and so gained the nickname, Venice of the Eas. Khlongs were used for transportation and for floating markets but also for sewage disposal. Today, most of the khlongs of Bangkok have been filled in, although the Thonburi side of Bangkok (covering areas west of Chao Phraya River) still retains several of its larger khlongs.
Klong Daily Operating Hours : 7am – 8.30pm