Bangkok – the vibrant capital of Thailand welcomes tourists from all over the globe. There is always something waiting in this city to entertain the tourist. It can be referred to as the Venice of the East as the waterways in Bangkok are often used for transport and even trade. If you happen to be staying at a Riverside Bangkok hotel then you are bound to witness all these activities happening. Unlike most other parts of Bangkok that have highly adopted the modern development, one region that has remained shielded is Thonburi. The old capital, which remained an independent state until 1972 merged with Bangkok later on.
The township is located on the western bank of the famous Chao Phraya River. There are several man-made ” khlongs” in the area among which some of the famous ones are Khlong Mon and Khlong Bangkok Noi. To get the true taste of the lives of the locals and to avoid exorbitant tourist prices, Thonburi is the best place to be. Staying around the area can give you easy access to exploring this part of the city; henceforth many make the choice to stay at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort as it is set right on the banks of the Chao Praya.
Since the Khlongs are only about 6 meters wide, not every boat can travel in them , so it is a no go for the overcrowded ferries. The ideal boats to navigate through the khlongs are the flat bottom boats as well as the long tail speed boats. Prefer to add colour to your experience, most tourist piers rent out colourfully painted long tail boats. Look out for these at River city, Taksin, Chang or Maharaj piers. One of the things to keep in mind is to discuss and arrive at a price before you go exploring.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.Google+