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  • Khlong Saen Saeb Route Guide

    Bangkok Waterway

    There are two lines - the western line (terminating at Golden Mount) and the eastern line (terminating at Wat Si Bunrueang, near the National Institute of Development Administration). The interchange, at Pratunam pier, feels seamless and tickets are valid on both lines. This route guide features the most useful or interesting stops along the 18km long route which serves Khlong Saen Saeb, including what can be found at each one.

    Opening Hours: 05:30 - 20:30
    Price: between 10 and 20 baht, with increments of 2 baht depending on distance

    Phanfa Leelard (start of route)

    Location: behind the Mahakan Fort, end of Ratchadamnoen Road, Old City
    Come here: to see Mahatthai U-thit Bridge (interesting example of Italian Barocco sculpture), Wat Saket (Temple of the Golden Mount), Democracy Monument, Khao San Road, the Grand Palace.

    Talad Bo Bae (Bo Bae Market)

    Location: Beside Bo Bae Tower, off Khrung Kasem Road
    Come here: for shopping around Bo Bae wholesale clothes market. Stalls line the canal path and there are dilapidated but interesting shophouses and alleyways. 

    Ban Krua Nua

    Location: At the end of narrow soi near BTS National Stadium station
    Come here: to visit famous silk entrepreneur Jim Thompson’s House or walk past the rickety wooden homes on the opposite side. Some are home to the weavers who provided silk fabrics to a young Jim Thompson when he was starting out.

    Hua Chang Bridge

    Location: Beneath Hua Chang Bridge (Elephant Head Bridge), Phayathai Road, near BTS Ratchathewi station
    Come here: to shop at Siam Square, Siam Paragon, Siam Discovery or MBK (turn left from pier, then take a short walk or tuk-tuk ride); to visit Jim Thompson’s House (turn right along canal path, walk around 200 metres).

    Pratunam Pier (Interchange)

    Location: beneath bridge on Ratchadamri Road, just before junction with Petchaburi and Ratchaprarop Roads
    Come here: to shop at Pratunam Market, Platinum Fashion mall or Panthip Plaza IT mall (turn right on leaving pier, then first left into Petchaburi Road); to hit nearby malls like CentralWorld, Gaysorn and Erawan (turn left down Ratchadamri Road); or visit the Ganesha, Trimurti (Lovers) or Erawan shrines (turn left down Ratchadamri Road) 

    Chidlom Pier

    Location: beneath bridge, north of Chidlom Road
    Come here: to catch the skytrain from Chidlom BTS station, shop at upscale department store Central Chidlom (turn right down Chidlom Road), or enjoy a gourmet meal at one of Lang Suan Road's hi-so restaurants  (turn right down Chidlom Road, cross Ploenchit road and continue straight).

    Wireless Pier

    Location: Beneath Witthayu Bridge, Wireless Road
    Come here: to visit the British Embassy (turn left down Wireless Road) 

    Nana Nua Pier

    Location: Beneath Sukhumvit Soi 3 bridge, northern end near Petchaburi Road
    Come here: to experience the Midde Eastern/Little African enclave that is Soi 3, to visit sleazy red light district Nana Plaza on Soi 4, to get a check-up at Bumrungrad Hospital (turn right down Soi 3 to find them all)

    Asoke Pier

    Location: Beneath bridge at junction with Phetchaburi and Asok Road
    Come here: to catch the underground (MRT Phetchaburi), visit Siam Society museum and cultural centre, or experience red-light district Soi Cowboy.

    Soi Thonglor Pier

    Location: Beneath bridge at north end of Soi Thonglor (Sukhumvit 55), near junction with New Petchaburi Road
    Come here: to hang with Bangkok's hip urban youth in Thonglor's cafes and boutiques (turn right over bridge), to visit clubbing zone RCA (short taxi ride)

    Sapan Klongtun Pier

    Location: Beneath bridge, near busy intersection of New Petchaburi and Ramkhamhaeng road
    Come here: to catch a taxi to clubbing zone RCA, or Ekkamai Bus Station

    The Mall Ramkhamhaeng Pier

    Come here: to shop at The Mall Ramkhamhaeng, near Rama IX Road intersection.

    The Mall Bangkapi Pier

    Come here: to shop at The Mall Bangkapi

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