Khlong Saen Saeb Route Guide
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
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)
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).
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)
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