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Khlong tour, Bangkok - Nonthaburi

 
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bangkok - nonthaburi
     

1. Cruising the Chao Phraya River
Along the Edge of Rattanakosin Island

This route goes from Nonthaburi Pier to Wat Ratchasingkhon Pier, which was over five centuries ago part of the main route from Ayutthaya to the Gulf of Thailand. The river winds its way eastward in a curve around Rattanakosin City, founded by King Rama I in 1782, presently known as Rattanakosin Island, with the splendid Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha as the major landmarks. On the opposite side stand the royal palace of the Thon Buri Period and Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, an unmistakable landmark best known among foreign travellers.

All along the route, there are numerous boat landings, affording visitors the chance to take a stroll in the old areas to visit local markets selling fruits and flowers, ornamental and flowering plants, food items and commodities from dawn to dusk. From the boat, one can enjoy the varied architecture on both banks of the river, including churches, mosques, royal residences, old mansions, embassies, and old European trading houses, among modem high rises, signifying the unique blend of Bangkok’s split personalities, as a modem cosmopolitan city and the centre of traditional art and culture. 

     
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Santa Cruz Church and Kudi Chin community

Santa Cruz Church is situated in the Portuguese community that resettled in the area in the Thon Buri Period. Thais of Portuguese descent, the community is famous for their Kudi Chin cake, inherited from their ancestors. The cake is made of wheat flour, eggs, and sugar, and baked in old-style ovens fuelled by firewood, with a unique, enticing aroma.
cruising the chao phraya river
cruising the chao phraya river

Wat Kanlayanamit

The main temple hall, built in the reign of King Rama III, stands out on the riverbank. It houses a huge Buddha image, Phra Buddha Trai Rattananayok, or the Big Buddha, known among the ethnic Chinese as Sampokong. It is the largest Buddha image in Bangkok, in the same style as the Big Buddha at Wat Phananchoeng in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya. Thais and Thais of Chinese descent hold fast to the belief that paying respect to the image brings prosperity and fortune, as well as safe journeys throughout the year.

Wat Arun Ratchawararam, the Temple of Dawn

The pagoda or stupa of Wat Arun has long been a landmark on the bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is decked with bits and pieces of colourful ceramics and chinaware, in foliage and flower motif.

The Old Royal Palace and Wichai Prasit Fort

The royal palace of the Thon Buri Period covers an area on the riverbank from Wichai Prasit Fort to a canal north of Wat Arun. It reflects Ayutthaya's architectural style. Wichai Prasit Fort, or Bangkok Fort was built in the reign of King Narai the Great of Ayutthaya (1656- 1688), the only remaining fort of the Ayutthaya Period.

Yaowarat

Yaowarat, established as the commercial centre of Bangkok's Chinese merchants in the reign of King Chulalongkorn, Rama V, is now known the world over for its Gold Street and Food Street image, lined with more than 100 gold shops and innumerable food stalls, shops and restaurants.

Taling Chan Floating Market

The floating market at Taling Chan is a weekend market, operating from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Local people bring out their fresh products from orchards and plantations, young plants, vegetables, fish and various food items to the market whenever they are available. There are also food shops on rafts and boat services taking visitors cruising along the canals and the orchards to observe riverside lifestyle of the people of Taling Chan. Contact can be made at the Taling Chan District Office, Tel. 0-2424-5448 and 0-2424-1742, ext. 0 or 224 232
 

Ban Bu

The Ban Bu community on the Khlong Bangkok Noi is believed to have derived from a group of craftspeople from Ayutthaya who resettled in the area following the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767. "Bu" refers to the method in which the alloy of copper and tin is forged in to objects, mostly bowls, and polished with stone to obtain a smooth, shiny surface. Only one household remains engaged in metalwork at present.
cruising the chao phraya river
cruising the chao phraya river

Thon Buri Railway Station

The station came into operation in the year 1903. It was damaged by aerial bombings in the World Was II, and was rebuilt in 1950. There are daily trains to the west up to Nam Tok station in Kanchanaburi Province, and to the south dawn to Lang Suan station in Chumphon Province. Also in the neighbourhood is the Sala Nam Ron market, originally a major agricultural market.

Chang Pier - Phra Chan Pier

Chang Pier of Elephant pier, originally the site for elephants in the royal service to take baths, is presently a major boat landing and a fresh market. The old shop houses in the area, linked to those on the Na Phra Lan Road, were built in the fifth reign in Renaissance style. Phra Chan pier or Moon pier, was formerly Phra Chan Fort, one of the 14 forts built around Rattanakosin Island by King Rama I. It is presently a commercial area with old buildings, shop houses, and also a centre for amulets coins, and fine food.

Viewing the Grand Palace and Wang Lang

Built by King Rama I, the first monarch and the founder of the Rattanakosin Period, as an exact replica of Ayutthaya, the former royal capital, with a palace temple built with in the compound to house the Emerald Buddha, known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The exquisite royal halls and other structures in the Grand Palace that are seen today have been constantly renovated and rebuilt in subsequent reigns up to the present. By the Chao Phraya River on the other side is Wang Lang or the Bowonsathanphimuk Palace, meant for a high-ranking grandson of King Rama I.

     

2. Touring Riverside Orchards on
the Original Chao Phraya River

Khlong Bangkok Noi and Om Non are in fact the original Chao Phraya River, curving like a horse shoe. The area is largely agricultural, known as the Inner Orchard of Bangkok. At present, both banks of Khlong Bangkok Noi, around Taling Chan, Bang Phrom, and Bang Ramat, are lined with flower gardens, vegetable plots, and fruit orchards. At the mouth of Khlong Bangkok Noi are two significant landmarks, the century-old Thon Buri Railway Station and the Royal Barge National Museum, housing the boats used in the royal barge processions, the apex of waterborne spectacles. A highlight in the neighbourhood is a fabulous mural painting at Wat Suwannaram, the testimony of a historic contest between two top artists at the court of King Rama III. Then, a visit to the last remaining village for metalwork artisans, Ban Bu, is in order. Thereafter, one can enjoy a meal at the Taling Chan Floating Market and a boat ride along Khlong Bang Kruai, up to the Bang Khu Wiang Floating Market.

On a cruise along the Om Non-Nonthaburi roundabout canal, the trip starts from Nonthaburi Pier, with a visit to Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat, with fine Sino-Thai architecture. A full view of Thai style houses amidst lush greenery on both banks is then afforded. Stops are made at an original Nonthaburi durian plantation and an old-style mixed plantation. The cruise ends at the Modification Centre from the Agricultural Products of the Group of Bangrak Noi’s Housewives, offering a galore of souvenirs.

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Modification Centre from the
Agricultural Products of the Group of Bangrak Noi’s Housewives

The centre serves as the outlet and demonstration site for high-quality processed products such as sun-dried, fried and seasoned banana, and where typical luncheons, Nonthaburi style, are offered, with delicacies such as grilled pork with sour fruits, and spicy pomelo salad, plus whatever seasonal fruits are available. Appointments can be made by telephone at 0-2921-5706.

Conventional plantation

A distinct feature of a conventional Nonthaburi plantation is the high embankment, built as a flood dyke, with a network of spillways and ditches to store up freshwater for different fruit trees at high tide.

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chao phraya river

 
 

Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat and Golden Jubilee Park

The temple was built in the third reign, in Sino-Thai architecture. The Golden Jubilee Park was created on an area next to the temple, as a water park on the Chao Phraya River in 1996, marking the 50th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne.

 

Wat Suwannaram

Wat Suwannaram is an old temple of the Ayutthaya Period, renovated in the first reign of Bangkok, where a unique set of artworks can be observed, namely the murals in the temple hall, the works by two top artists of the third reign, who painted them in a contest. They were Master Thongyu (Luang Wichit Chetsada) and Master Khongpae (Luang Seni Borirak), who painted two different Jatakas-Nemiraj and Mahosot-using contrasting techniques and tones. The former resorted to traditional dark colours of red, blue and brown with bold lines, while the latter used bright greens and delicate line.
 

The National Museum of Royal Barge

Eight ceremonial barges used in the time-honoured royal barge procession inherited from the Ayutthaya Period are put on display, including the Subanahongsa, Narai Song Suban Rama IX, and the Anantanagaraj, as well as various utensils and belongings use in the royal barge procession. The museum in open everyday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; the telephone number is 0-2424-0004.

 

Bang Lamphu

Bang Lamphu is a commercial area, a site of delectable food, a centre of religious structures, an original Bangkok community and a low-cost accommodation area for tourists, offered in side streets and small alleys. Khao San Road is the budget tourist centre, known for its vibrant nightlife. Equally famous is Phra Athit Road straddling the area on the other side, which emerges as the dining street, favoured by art lovers and those who enjoy and old town atmosphere. It servers perfectly for an evening stroll to view western-style buildings along the Chao Phraya River, starting from the Tourism Division of the BMA, to end at the Santi Chaiprakan Park.

     

3. Observing Mon Culture on an Island
In the Chao Phraya River

The river cruise starts at the boat landing of Wat Paramaiyikawat, whit the Mon-style Mutao Pagoda as the symbol. Notable are Western-style mural paintings in the temple hall and unique Mon crafts in the temple museum. The cruise then proceeds along the Om Kret River, which is the original Chao Phraya River, to the lush fruit orchards and toxin-free vegetable plots on the west of the island. A visit to the Bang Bua Thong, or Dessert Canal is next, with the observation of sweetmeat making. At the Lat Kret (Kret shortcut) river, the densely packed community of Ban Mon Khwang can be seen, where all the houses face the north, turning one side to the river. In conclusion, a visit is made to the ancient Mon earthenware museum, the potter’s village, and workshops. For lunch, authentic Mon dishes are served.
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Khlong Bang Bua Thong

The canal is known otherwise as Khlong Khanom Wan (Dessert Canal), duo to the fact that local residents in the past spent their spare time making dessert from toddy palm nuts to be supplied to various events, Even today, the place is a prime source of desserts and sweetmeats for Nonthaburi Province.

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mon culture
 
 

Wat Saeng Sititham Floating Market

The market, offering food items and fruits, is in operation on weekends and public holidays. For details, contact Tel. 0-2962-5391 or 0-2584-4778.

 

Floating Fruit Orchards

Ko Kret, once renowned for delicious lychees, was frequented by King Chulalongkorn and the royal entourage. The sought after fruit was named Salakun Lychee, in accordance with the original name of the island. Fruit orchards are presently found in villages 2 to 5, as raised plots of about 160 acres, where durian, pomelo, mango and banana are grown. There are also toxin-free vegetables in the area. Contact the Ko Kret Tambon Administrative Organisation at Tel. 0-2960-9063.
 

Genuine Nonthaburi Durian Plantation

One of the few original Nonthaburi durian plantations that survived the natural disaster of 1995 is owned by Boonlert Sakdee. Here one finds genuine Nonthaburi durian breeds known as Durian Nai-Inner Area Durian. These varieties include Mon Thong (Golden Cushion), Kan Yao (Long Stem). Chani (Gibbon), Kop (Frog) and Kampan (Coffer), grown among other fruit trees. During late April to May, visitors can observe traditional durian gathering method of Nonthaburi planters.
 
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Wat Paramaiyikawat

It is known as Phiamukiatoeng in Mon language, meaning the temple at the tip of a point. A Mon-style Mutao pagoda, the symbol of the temple, was built by the first group of Mon migrants. It now lists outward in the strong current.

 

Ko Kret Ceramics Trail

Although not part of the river cruise, the trail is not to be missed. One gets on a motorcycle taxi from Pa Fai pier. The trail starts from Wat Paramaiyikawat to the west, passing the ancient Mon ceramics museum, the Potter's Village, Wat Phai Lom, and Wat Sao Thong Thong, and making a detour to the south, in the Ban Mon area. There remain old workshops and kilns, including some high molds know as the "scorpion kilns."

 

Om Kret River

The original body of the Chao Phraya River, prior to the digging of the short cut, is quiet these days, with occasional passenger boats from Pak Kret pier travelling through various canals and tributaries, and boats selling commodities and food such as noodles and ice cream.

   

 

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