Khlong Saen Saep Boat Service

Khlong Saen Saep Boat Service

Khlong Saen Saep Boat Service
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mgbailey2008
Norwich, UK57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Speedy and cheap water taxi service, would certainly use again when in Bangkok, we were a little dubious to use service but found it safe and friendly
Written 1 February 2024
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MargaretPowell
Melbourne, Australia1,387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This is a great way to access Pratunam and traverse from there and the back of the Suhhumvit area to the river and old town. A truly local Bangkok experience and highly recommend. It is a great way to get to Jim Thompson house as well and you really get the Venice of the East vibe as these long narrow boats noisily ply the canals . Buy tickets from the conductor and you can see maps online by searching for Saen Saep Boat Service. To do the entire length, you need to change at Pratunam Pier which links the 2 routes.
Written 3 April 2023
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Bill D. Whip
Ely20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The Khlong Saen Saep Express Boat, like so much that's great about Bangkok, is 100% impossible to imagine in the U.S. It's a long, skinny speed boat that churns through the unsavory waters of the Saen Saep Canal, spraying its passengers with a fine mist of whatever it is the water is full of.

Don't expect the boat to pull gently up to the pier to allow people to embark or disembark. That's not its style. Instead, the kamikaze pilot at the helm zips along the canal at full throttle. At the last possible second, he throws the engine in reverse and careens into the pier. As the engine screams and fills the air with diesel smoke, passengers scramble on and off, desperately trying not to get crushed between the boat and the dock, or worse, fall into the canal.

A kid wearing a crash helmet clambers around the outside of the boat, pulling himself along by a couple ropes while he sells tickets to the passengers who've hopped aboard. In the past, the deckhand didn't have to wear a helmet. But then the boat operators decided to get serious about safety.

I decide to take the Khlong Saen Saep Express Boat out to Witthayu Road because unless you have a helicopter it's definitely the fastest way to get across town. As we pick up speed, a local guy sitting in front of me pulls up the plastic tarp that's supposed to protect us from the spray. An American tourist sitting next to him notices.

"Is the water dirty?" the American guy asks.

"Yeah," the Thai guy deadpans. "It'll kill you in two minutes."
Written 20 February 2022
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Mariner A
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Solo
The boats are not operating any more. I had three visits to the canal ‘s piers within the working hours of the advertised time in December 2021 unfortunately no boats showed up in both directions . If anyone know the reasons please let us know
Written 13 December 2021
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Jane2330055
Bangkok, Thailand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The speedy canal boat is a fast local way to get to various neighborhoods in Bangkok including to the Jim Thompson House and the Golden Mount. On weekday mornings and evenings lots of people commute using the boat. Going in the other direction the canal boat goes towards Bangkok's airports.
Written 12 February 2020
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Ed D
Swansea, UK552 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Love to travel on the khlongs when in Bangkok - a real experience to travel like local away from the more touristy parts. Great access to the Golden Mount. An experience to be recommended.
Written 8 February 2020
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Khalid Nayeem
Karachi, Pakistan109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Riding in one of the boats on the khlong is a very quick, efficient and economical mode of travel in Bangkok. Highly recommended. As a family we used the Petchaburi-Pratunam route on several occasions and enjoyed the short ride. Saves you from the usual Bangkok traffic and transports you conveniently to your destination.
Written 23 December 2019
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John K
Costa Mesa, CA1,396 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
This water taxi is a functional part of the city's transportation system. There are a handful of tourists riding for the experience, but the bulk of passengers are locals actually going somewhere. Honestly, if the BTS also goes where you are going, take the BTS, but if this is a more direct option for you, then go for it. Avoid rush hour however. Prices are very cheap, one ride I took was 9b, another 13b. There are better canal tours, if you really want the true BKK canal experience, but if it's going your way or if you just want a snippet of the waterway scene, climb aboard.
Written 2 December 2019
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Mark R
Brisbane, Australia102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
if you really want to experience the real Bangkok then you have to travel through the canals to see the city and feel it’s heartbeat. It was a sensational journey and you get to see it as a true Thai would. I will be honest it can be confusing at times and having the maps in thai does make it somewhat hard, but a handy hint is utilising Google maps. It is dirt cheap and from memory 200 baht, which means you can travel on it all day, so who cares if you miss your stop
It is part of the adventure
Written 21 October 2019
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bobjanh
Brisbane, Australia2,233 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
A canal boat service runs a significant length of Khlong Saen Saep which provides a very convenient and effective way to get to anywhere adjacent to the canal: in particular, it is well suited to the Pratunam area. We also used it to travel the full distance west possible to Phanfa Bridge which is great to access the eastern Rattanosokin area.

Prices are dirt cheap; I think it was B13 from Petchaburi to Phanfa: you have to change boats at Pratunam which is a pretty seamless issue. Getting in and out requires a bit of concentration as their are moving parts to contend with.

Tickets are bought on the boat.

Do it at least once - it is a fun experience.
Written 11 October 2019
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