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Wander Bangkok's Historic Waterways




Thailand's waterways were once the nation's lifeline for communication and transport. Today Bangkok's majestic Chao Phraya River and connecting maze of canals, known in Thai as klong, tempt visitors to explore the capital's thriving age-old lifestyle and rich heritage. At Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, experiences of this unique cultural blend are enhanced by a local's insider knowledge. Step aboard a traditional longtail boat and discover the klong network with Klong Guru, Visanu Kidkarn.

Visanu spent the first ten years of his life in a traditional canal home, completely unaware that his klong roots would have a great impact on his guest service work at a luxury five star hotel. Based on his personal experience, Visanu now guides the unique Klong Guru Tour, which takes approximately four hours and commences along the Chao Phraya River, before branching off into the heart of the city's fascinating klong labyrinth. Designed to showcase the city's hidden cultural gems, the excursion reveals unique glimpses of timeless local life and traditional wooden canal homes that jut out over the water. The journey includes encounters with the floating plants farm, exploration of glittering temples that were created in the Ayutthaya era, and the opportunity to participate in the Thai custom of feeding fish for luck.

Lunch comprises one of Thailand's signature street dishes - the noodle specialty "Pad Thai" - which is enjoyed at 'The Artist's House'. At this intriguing gallery, guests can browse a collection of locally inspired drawings and learn for themselves how to create a Thai painting. They are also invited to try their hand at making a cultural handicraft, such as carving, making an artistic paper print or painting a traditional Thai mask. The local art gallery visit concludes with the culture rich highlight of a traditional Thai puppet show, providing guests with a wonderful chance to see how the kingdom's puppetry dramas bring ancient myths and legends to life.

Returning to the resort, the final leg of tour rejoins the Chao Phraya River, passing by iconic landmarks such as the Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn. The Klong Guru Touir is available every Saturday and Sunday, and is priced at THB2,000 per person. www.anantara.com






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