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Tour Bangkok’s ‘khlongs’ or small canals and get a glimpse of local life. This 4-hour guided excursion takes place aboard a longtail boat, giving you easy access to hard-to-reach sites such as the Artist’s House, a community center located within a restored wooden home. As your float down Bangkok’s backwaters, your onboard guide will fill you in on the city’s vast history and how it became the frenetic metropolis it is today. You can also extend your day trip with an optional guided tour of some of Bangkok’s most impressive temples.


  • 4-hour tour of Bangkok’s small canals (khlongs) by longtail boat
  • Learn about local waterways, once key to the region's way of life
  • Stop by Wat Khun Chan temple to observe the contrast between the old city and the new
  • Visit the Artist's House, an unusual community art center housed in a restored wooden home
  • See Bangkok's top temples with a guide, if option selected
  • Admire the Emerald Buddha at the Grand Palace and the massive reclining Buddha at Wat Pho
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 provides a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The Artist's House is a real gem that you may not otherwise visit. The owner is a painter who works on site and has opened his restored traditional home to the public. Visitors can browse the gallery, make art, sip coffee or tea, and enjoy cultural shows.

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What You Can Expect

Backwaters of Bangkok Longtail Boat Cruise with Optional Temples Tour

Explore the small canals of Bangkok.

Customer Reviews

Sandra T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A great tour of the old Bangkok, we enjoyed it very much and our guide was very informative.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

We had a wonderful time! The trip was informative, interesting and lots of fun. It was a great way to see a different side of Bangkok. I

Mario M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was amazing. You can see area of Bangkok that usually only locals got through. Most of all, you can see how people used to and still live around the canals surrounding Bangkok. The boat stopped at a few locations: a temple, a small village including the famous Artist's House, and at a orchid farm. We also got the change to feed the cat fishes that abound in the canals. I would definitively recommend if you want to see the real Bangkok outside of the usual tourist attractions. Tip: since the trip is on a boat, make sure you bring a raincoat to cover form some occasional splashes.

Malti S

4 star rating: Recommended January 2017

Good tour but would have preferred more time to walk around

James B

4 star rating: Recommended October 2016

The tour was well organized and provides an interesting picture of the cultural contrasts of the city. It is a great way to introduce the less famous but equally interesting side of the city.

Bryce H

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Good trip away from the shops and traffic.Our guide was full of information about all of the buildings and temples beside the klongs.Relaxing and informative.

Niro S

4 star rating: Recommended April 2016

Touring by boat was awesome, temple tour by foot was draining due to the 42 degrees Celsius weather! Otherwise highly recommended. You will learn a lot about Thailand's history.

Mark J

3 star rating: Worth doing January 2017

Great way to see the klongs. Tour included yet another temple Monty Python anyone? an artisans village not much evidence of any actual artisaning a lovely orchid farm, and catfish feeding. Bought some lovely banana fritters from a lady with a open fire deep fryer on her boat - worth 20 baht for her courage. Tour narration a bit mundane, lots of description of what we were looking at we know - we can see it! but not much explanation of life on the klongs or their social / cultural history.
The hard seats on the boat got really uncomfortable after a while.

daniel c

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better January 2017

We are really not totally enthused about this particular tour. While we were told to meet 15 minutes prior to the start time of 9 am, the other people did not show up until 9:30 and therefore the tour was cut short.

Secondly, we had to walk about 10-15 minutes to the pier to board the boat and the boat was too low to be suitable for the pier and it was extremely difficult to board the boat, having to climb at least 3 ft. down into the moving boat which needed to be balanced carefully without tipping over.

Thirdly, the backwater of Bangkok was nothing glamorous nor charming so it was mostly cruising through narrow canals with stops at another small temples and artists' village which was at least somewhat interesting.

It would be much less expensive to just book a long-tail boat at any pier for much less and get cruise through the canals without a guide. There wasn't that much to be explained along the way.

Not one of my memorable tour!

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