We wanted to explore the klongs off the Chao Praya, and as we felt uncertain about the local water taxis, we hired a longtail boat for an hour off Saphan Taksin Pier. I would advise against this option. There is a monopoly on the longtail boats now by one company - or so it appears -
and they basically charge whatever they want - and most tourists pay it. We paid 1200 baht for an hour, which proved to be not so great value. Most of that time was spent travelling up and down the river, then waiting while the boatman fixed the propeller, then sitting and waiting for the locks to open. We only journeyed through the main canals, and while this was fun and interesting, we were going so fast we couldn't even take photographs - we only spent about 20 minutes in the actual canals. Most of the other boats we saw were also longtails with tourists. I think our money would've been better spent on hiring a tour guide to accompany us on the smaller klongs, travelling on the water taxis as the locals do, at a much slower pace - much more authentic, or so I've heard.
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