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Saen Saep Canal (Khlong) Sukhumvit Bangkok Map, Ferry route and tour guide 2011-06-05


Khlong, or canals as they’re more popularly called, run throughout the city of Bangkok, giving Bangkok the moniker “The Venice of the East.” These Khlong were built centuries ago for transportation and trade. Khlong Saen Saeb was constructed in 1837 as a means of transporting soldiers during times of conflict. Many of these canals were filled in to make way for new roads and buildings over the past years but even now many of these old canals still remain on the Thonbui side of the Chao Phraya River. Khlong Saen Saep thrives, connecting Chao Phraya River to the City and onwards into Suburbia, it's fast cultural and inexpensive Page

Content Map - Boat Piers - Saen Saep Canal (Klong) - SUKHUMVIT Directory of Piers and venues nearby Tourism areas along the Canal Map – route: BTS skytrain, MRT Subway, River Ferry Links to tourism maps and guides

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Khlong Saen Saeb (in Thai: คลองแสนแสบ, also known as Saen Saep) is a canal (Khlong) in central Thailand, connecting the Chao Phraya River to Prachin Buri and Chachoengsao. A portion of the canal is used for public transport by an express boat service in Bangkok. The canal is lined with concrete walkways on either side in many areas where people stroll despite the foul smells of the canal, and in other areas the heavily polluted water oozes into adjacent properties, especially after heavy rainstorms. The canal is connected to many other canals in a large network, though most of the other canals do not have a regular transport service.

History: The Saen Saep canal was built by the order of King Rama III during the conflict between Siam and Annam about Cambodia, to establish a water transport for soldiers and weapons to Cambodia. The construction started in 1837 and was finished three years after. Klong Saen Saeb was once filled with and abundance of lotus, Kin Mongkut in his 4th reign (1851-1868) built Sra Pathum Palace (Lotus Pond Palace) in Siam District, the names of the palace and present Pathum Wan district come from it. More about the History, Bangkok The Venice of the East

An express boat service provides fast, inexpensive transportation in traffic-congested central Bangkok. The service has a checkered reputation, due to the polluted water in the khlong and the haphazard nature in which the service is operated. The 18 km route is served by 100 boats of 40-50 seats, and operates 5:30am to 8:30pm daily. Prices are 10 to 20 baht, depending on distance travelled. The service carries about 60,000 passengers per day. It is run by a company called Family Transport (0 2375 2369). The service runs between Pom Prap Sattru Phai and Bang Kapi districts in Bangkok. At Pratu Nam pier in Pathum Wan/Ratchathewi districts is an interchange between the northern line, which terminates at Golden Mount. The southern line terminates at NIDA where passengers must change boats. Boats go past Watthana and Huai Khwang districts, running parallel to Petchaburi Road. Tips:

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The boats do not take kindly to slow moving passengers. You will hear the words “reeo reeo” (fast fast) The boats stop momentarily; just enough for locals to transfer in/out with efficient speed. Please be warned the area can be wet, wear correct footwear. Take a seat the porter will find you.

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Directory of CORRECT Pier names and general info about venues features at Piers. Pier Name


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Wat Sri Boonruean

Terminal near NIDA


Bang Kapi

near Bang Kapi district office, and Bang Kapi Market


The Mall

Shopping centre: rival to Central dept store and water Park


Wat Klang



Mahat Thai

near Huamark Stadium - and can connect to Lad Phrao Road


Ramkhamhaeng Ramkhamhaeng University - the biggest open University in Thailand


Wat Thep Lila


Ramkhamhaeng 29


The Mall 3

Shopping Mall: Close to Ramkhamhaeng Shopping Mall


Khlong Tan

used to be an interchange for Lad Phrao boat until 2000. Close to Ramkahamaeng train station


Cham Isara

Cham Isara 2 Building


Thong Lo

Bridge: Soi 55 Sukhumvit. Leads to BTS Thong Lo Station, The Royal City Avenue Road leads to RCA Pub (nightlife zone Ratchada) and Thai Cultural Centre (must see Tour – Siam Niramit)


Ban Don Mosque


Wat Ma Chom Lom

Phrom Pak - a lane to BTS Phrom Phong Station of Skytrain


Ital Thai

Watmai Chonglok - in New Phetchaburi Rd.


Prasan Mit

Sri Nakahrintharawiroj University (Prasarn Military Campus)


Saphan Asok

Bridge: Soi 21 Sukhumvit Japanese Embassy and MRT subway train) Phetchaburi Station and BTS skytrain express airport link Makkasan station



Soi 15 Sukhumvit - International School


Nana Nuea

Bridge: cross bridge Soi 3 leading to Bumrungrad Hospital



Bridge: Wireless Road leads to BTS (skytrain) Phloen chit station


Chit Lom

Bridge: Saphan Chidlom. near Central Chidlom, Siam City Bank HQ.

Main road from Ram Khamhaeng

22 Pratu Nam in 22 Interchange out

Bridge: Shopping: Major BKK Garment Market, brief walk to Phanthip and Central World. Interchange: everyone must change here (both directions). History: used to have a water gate in the time of King Mongkut to feed the Royal lotus pond (the root of Pathumwan District), hence the namesake.



Bridge: Saphan Hua Chang connection to Major shopping centres, MBK and Siam Square, close to BTS National stadium and walk to Jim Thompson house (Travel spot). This area is a Tour zone


Ban Khrua Nuea

Muslim community - the backbone of Jim Thomson's silk business


Charoen Phon

Bridge: Saphan Charoen Phon - near Tesco Lotus



Shopping Wholesale clothing markets and Bangkok Little India.

Phan Fa Lilat

Terminal at bridge to Bangkok City Centre. Travel spot Just off Rachadamnoen road under a bridge, near Wat Ratchanada, Wat Saket (The Golden Mount), Democracy monument and other attractions in the old city. This area is a Tour zone


Live map – Bangkok – Ferry Piers on Saen Saep Canal (Klong) Map tips: • place the cursor over pin will show Pier name or cursor over Name Directory for other info • set the map centre (red cross) at the desired location and search by Industry words or Biz names. Example: Bar, BTS, Culture, 7/11, Food, MRT, Shopping, Restaurant, Tour, Travel spot • then shift the map and refresh same search to see more or click "next" at base of name directory. • More ferry piers: ◦ change the search word to "ferry pier" you will see other piers (ie., Chao Phraya River) Tourism info and guides that interact with Longdo maps The following pages:1. area maps with link to tour guide and live maps 2. BTS skytrain MRT rail map routes Feedback welcome: see details on last page

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Maps by “Areas” Sukhumvit

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Sukhumvit zone Family Icons links to Popular tours and Shopping all family tour zones

Maps by “Areas� Ratchaprasong (Siam)

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Siam/Ratchaprasonf Family Icons links to Popular tours and Shopping all family tour zones

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Maps by “Areas� Rattanakosin

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Rattanakosin Family Icons links to Popular tours and Shopping all family tour zones

Map BTS and MRT (Trains) and River Pier system and tour zone indicators Expand image & zoom tool - Note position of Soi 19

BTS Skytrain: Fast, efficient and affordable, running everyday from 06.00 to midnight. Mo Chit station at the north end, where you can find the weekend Chatuchak Market. Siam Station, adjacent to huge shopping malls: Siam Centre, Siam Discovery Centre and Siam Paragon, is the central station with a link to National Stadium Station to MBK shopping centre. Saphan Taksin Station and boat pier. Fares range from 10 to 40 baht or 100 baht unlimited day pass. MRT metro: With 18 stations covering main roads in Bangkok including Rama IV, Sukhumvit, Lad Prao and Pahonyothin, MRT opened in 2004 and operates everyday from 06.00 to midnight. Connecting to the BTS Skytrain at Sukhumvit Station (Asoke BTS Station), Lumping Station (Silom BTS Station) and Chatuchak Station (Mo Chit BTS Station) with a link to Hua Lampong train station. Fares: 15 to 60 baht. more Taxi and tuktuk: Taxis are very easy to find everywhere in Bangkok, with the meter starting from 35 baht. Taking a taxi is a convenient way to get around when the traffic is flowing. However, always make sure taxi drivers activate the meter and do not overcharge you. Then there is the ubiquitous tuk tuks which loiter in tourist areas, touting for business. They’re a fun ‘must-do’ experience in Thailand but quite frankly, these open vehicles in the congestion induced fumes of Bangkok streets are a recipe for health risks! back to contents

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