Bangkok Noi Canal: Beginner's Route
So, turn left here and keep going, around the open field. I'll tell you more about the river on the way.
In 1542, King Chai Rachathi Rat of Ayutthaya wanted to shorten the sailing distance from his capital to the ocean, so he ordered a shortcut canal to be dug through that verdant jungle that I mentioned earlier. Pretty impressive - I mean, this was only 50 years after Columbus discovered America.
Eventually the King's new shortcut became the main route of the river, and the original route that goes off behind the hospital there became merely a canal, or khlong, known as Bangkok Noi, or Little Bangkok.
The area along the route of the khlong is cherished by Thais as kind of a living museum, with tons of historical temples, houses, and roads that go back hundreds of years. If you haven't already, a long tail tour of the khlong is a great way to see this area up close.
Okay, now we're going to walk back out those golden gates we came in.
So, keep going.