Bangkok Journals

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A travel journal to Bangkok by SeenThat

Klong Bangkok Noi Photo, Bangkok, Thailand More Photos
Quote: When hearing "Canals City" many people think of Venice or Amsterdam; both are enjoyable but somewhat lean when compared to the surprising canals below Bangkok’s skyscrapers.

Bangkok's Canals

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Attraction | "Venice of the Orient "

Chao Phraya River - Bridge Rama VIII Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Now as in the far past, water canals are an important way to travel in Thailand. They have shaped modern Bangkok to an unbelievable extent and created a reality in which the traveler can never be sure of the ground’s nature. Is it a covered canal, a former river, or just reclaimed land? Let’s take a look.A Simple MazeThe best way to comprehend the modern layout of Bangkok is to keep in mind that the ...Read More

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Khlong Bangkok Noi â€" Little Bangkok

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Attraction | "World Wild Canal"

Klong Bangkok Noi Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
Quote:
Standing Atop Khlong Bangkok NoiRecently, I was standing atop one of the bridges spanning the Bangkok Noi Canal. On one side I could see the Bangkok Railway Station, while on the other the canal run all the way to the Chao Phraya River, much of Bangkok Noi could be enjoyed from there.The river was out of sight. I took a few pictures and later I named one of them published in this website as "World Wide Canal." Even without being a professional on the topic, it was clear that Bangkok Noi was too wide to be a canal. It was very different from the canals described in the "Venice o...Read More

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Bangkok Yai

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Attraction | "Big Bangkok"

Naval Dock Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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As commented in the Bangkok Noi entry of this journal, the modern Chao Phraya River in front of the Rattanakosin Island is the result of a shortcut dug between the Bangkok Noi and Bangkok Yai canals. Bangkok Yai is the name of the southern part of the former riverbed and it means "Big Bangkok." It is surrounded by the district of the same name.If Bangkok Noi still maintains part of its rural past - many of its attractions are related to the canal crossing it - Bangkok Yai is very different. This was the Thonburi Kingdom capital. Accordingly, most of its attractions are royal and religious i...Read More

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Khlong Saen Saep

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Attraction | "Flowing Away from Downtown"

Khlong Saen Saep Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Beginning at the Ratchadamnoen Klang, Ratchadamnoen Nok and Lan Luang roads junction, the Mahanak Canal flows eastwards. After it crosses the Krung Kasem Road (and the junction with the canal of the same name) it becomes the Saen Saep Canal and flows for several kilometers to Prachin Buri and Chachoengsao where the canal ends at the Bang Pa Kong River.WarThe Siamese-Vietnamese War of 1831-1834, started when Siam tried to conquer Cambodia. In 1832, the C...Read More

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The Ring Canal or Khlong Rop Krung

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Attraction | "Walking along Venice of the Orient"

Black Metal Pagoda Photo, Bangkok, Thailand
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Ideal WalkMore than any other canal in Bangkok, the second concentric canal is suitable for a walk along it. Dug during the reign of King Rama I to create room in the inner city, this canal is also known as Khlong Rop Krung: the Ring Canal. The inner canal is too short and has too many main attractions next to it; moreover, most of its northern side is covered. Krung Kasem – the third canal - is a bit too long and has too few attractions in its surroundings. In contrast, the Ring Canal offers easy access to several attractions along Middle and Outer Rattanakosin; these are varied enough to be representative of the city. Thus, if having one day for touring Bangkok, probably thi...Read More

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