Sprays of water touched our skin as our chartered long-tailed boat whisked us down Khlong Bang Luang. One cloudy day, we travelled along the Chao Phraya to Khlong Bang Luang, Khlong Bang Ramat and Khlong Lat Mayom to visit several cultural attractions on the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's boat excursions along these canals in Thon Buri.
"We have chosen to explore the heart of each area. This is a rare opportunity for us to combine boat trips along Khlong Bang Luang and Khlong Bang Ramat. Usually, people travel along Khlong Bang Luang, Khlong Bang Yai and Khlong Bangkok Noi to Khlong Mon. Some people travel along Khlong Bangkok Noi to Khlong Bang Ramat. Today, we combine the hearts of both zones," said Rapeepat Ketkosol of the BMA's Tourism Division, who has long been working with local communities to promote tourism.
We boarded the long-tailed boats at the mouth of Khlong Bangkok Noi at the pier of Wat Moleelokkayaram, or Wat Thai Talat, which was a royal temple within the palace during the Thon Buri period. Our boat headed to Khlong Bang Luang, which has been important for centuries as the location of several major temples, old communities and the houses of several elite families, such as the Bunnags, and the American missionary Dr Dan Beach Bradley, who introduced surgery and smallpox vaccinations to the Kingdom. After our visits to a number of temples, we dropped by at the Artist's House (Ban Silapin Khlong Bang Luang) and a row of old wooden shophouses which sell retro-style goods and sweets.
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