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“Wet wet wet but with a view”

Small Teak Boat Canal Adventure
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Look for Small Teak Boat Canal Adventure on yahoo to find our website for more info. Please email or call to reserve before you come down to our office. If you are looking for an authentic Thai thing to do, our canal tour is the one! Because boats on canals were used as transport traditionally, many interesting sites are along the water way. Our tour stops at: Morning Fresh Produce Market(Weekend altered with a canal-side floating market), Orchid Nursery in Green Rush, Hidden Forest Temple, Traditional Thai House (the Artist's House). We can also arrange custom tours around water ways.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

It was a shame as I have done this tour before and it's a full on 6 hours! It pee'ed down all day. We were given basic water proofs to wear but it was very wet and got freezing so we opted out of the theatre display at the end of the tour as we would have to of waited 2 hours to see it as we hurried our river tour due to the weather. In other words do this tour when sunny, we should of been allowed to cancel without loss as I ended up with a chest infection.

However in the sun this is a fab day. You get to see a different Bangkok and how the other people live away from the city. Great fun too!

Thank Kris B
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Tom P, Owner at Small Teak Boat Canal Adventure, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Hi Kris B,

We are very sorry that we could not cancel the tour due to the light rain that we had on that day. I was on another tour myself and it was just light rain the whole day! We hope you still had a blast on the canals in Thonburi. We have already ordered the guide and the boat for the day and we did not want them to go back to their family disappointed that they don't have work for the rest of that day.

Well, as long as you guys are happy while you are cruising the canals. Our guides, and the boat guys are happy to service you as well. Keep smiling in the Land of Smile!

Thank you again for taking our boat tour rain or shine, and please come back again when you come back to Bangkok, Thailand.

Tom and the Pandan Tour Teams

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

My husband and I spent an enjoyable morning with guide Nui who showed us parts of Bangkok we wouldn’t have known about otherwise. As our boat went past the area where Nui was born, she explained how, and why, Bangkok had changed over time. We went to a forest temple where Nui gave us a briefing of Buddhist beliefs, and then on to the orchid farm and the artists house. However our favorite stop was for the best bowl of noodles we had anywhere in SE Asia. Nui definitely knows her neighborhood. We easily navigated by public transportation to the meeting point and found the whole experience a welcome contrast from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Bangkok.

Thank Demeranville
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Tom P, Owner at Small Teak Boat Canal Adventure, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Hi Demeranville,

Thank you for the excellent review for us and Khun Nui. She will be so happy to see this review. She told me that this is the first thing she read when she woke up in the morning.

So, the day you posted your review, it goes directly to keep Khun Nui Smile all the way to work! What a better way to start a day.

Please come back again to our little canal tour when you are back in the Bangkok area.

Tom and the Pandan Tour Teams

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Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

We (family of 4 with 2 kids aged 8 and 6) were collected from our hotel by our friendly tour guide Anan who then shepherded us onto the Sky rail to the harbour where we collected the long boat for the journey to Wat Arun.

We also visited Wat Pho, crossing the river by ferry, then onto the Grand Palace by tuk-tuk. The one downside was the queues to get into the grand palace - but that had nothing to do with our guide!

Throughout the journey Anan was knowledgeable and great with the kids. He took lots of family photos on his iPad too which was good because most of our photos end up with one of us not in the shot!!

The value for money was reasonable (approx 7,000 baht) which included all travel and guide as well as a meal.

Would have liked a bit more time on the long boat but overall it ticked all the boxes we were hoping for and was just about the right length of time for the kids too (08:00 - 13:00)

Thanks Anan for a great tour!!

Thank Anna L
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Tom P, Owner at Small Teak Boat Canal Adventure, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Hi Anna L,

Thank you and your family for coming on our tour and then putting this amazing review for us. Khun Anan will be so happy to read this review of his performance on that day. We are a little canal tour company and the big river can look so scary for a small boat that we use. But safety and your positive vibe keep us go out there and brave the wave every time. If Khun Anan could find a short cut into the Grand Palace for you he would have done it. But there were issues with security as well as the popularity of this destination for tourists from around the world who try to have at least a glimpse of this spectacular palace in Bangkok.

Please come again on our small boat canal tour in Thonburi which is completely quiet on the weekdays compare to the other popular site on the Bangkok side.

Tom and the Pandan Tour Teams

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

Seeing the major tourist sites in Thailand is indeed a treat. My wife and I have vacationed here multiple times and are still not finished seeing this amazing country.

But we were missing one thing -- a sense of how Thais lived in the past.

This tour helped provide an answer to that question.

Rivers and canals were once the principal means of transportation and source of livelihood in Thailand. It's no exaggeration to say that daily life took place along the banks of rivers -- life, work, worship.

As Bangkok developed much of this past way of life has disappeared. Canals have been filled in and replaced with roads. Condos, apartment buildings, the Skytrain, the metro have sprung up and it's hard to imagine what life was like in the past.

So what did we see?

First, the canals (khlongs). Houses and "farms" along the banks of the khlongs. Vendors in small boats selling fried bananas and yams, noodles. This is no staged touristy floating market. Nothing fancy. Just solitary vendors paddling boats to sell to locals. As we progressed during the trip, it became clear that there is an extensive network of khlongs, some rather large which intersected with other khlongs. Boats docked at the houses indicated that travel by boat was still an important means of transport. Many of the houses were in old Thai style and it was easy to imagine how life took place.

Our excellent guide Khun Niu supplemented what we saw with timely information that filled in many of the blanks in our knowledge.

At Wat Sai she took us on tour of the local market and introduced us to several delicious snacks. Khanom Thuway was the hands down favorite. Later she explained how the market had changed from a floating market to a land based one. Look at the picture of a house on side of the Wat--a picture from days gone bye. Then look across the khlong to see the same traditional style house still there.

Wat Paknam is well worth a visit because of the Murano-style green glass stupa inside the five-storey white stupa.

Next stop was the "forest wat" a much simpler temple. The riches here are the religion. Khun Niu gave us a detailed explanation of the Buddhist concept of karma.

Then off to the orchid farm to see an impressive variety of beautiful orchids. If you'd like to buy some, ask your guide. You're unlikely to ever spend so little for so many flowers and none so fresh!

A nice riverside lunch followed.

Then off to the Artists' House (an old building which is now a center for traditional Thai arts). Here we were treated to a puppet show on an episode from the Ramakien (the Thai version of the Ramayana). Preceding the performance, the artists explained the staging of a puppet show -- three puppeteers clad in black and wearing black masks operate each puppet - each taking responsibility for one part of the puppet's anatomy. That calls for a great deal of co-ordination among the puppeteers as they "dance" their way around the stage.

An excellent way to spend six hours.

A glimpse into the past, beautiful sites, a nice meal, and a cultural/artistic event.

Thank TJim60
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

We had a tour guide for just the two of us, his name was Mr Tee. He was chatty and friendly, had very good English and was very knowledgeable. The boat was clean and the skipper was very pleasant. We visited a temple, a village, a floating market and an orchid farm. It was all very interesting. Lunch was included and there was a choice, the food was ordered in advance and was freshly cooked.
The tour gave us a real feel for the local culture outside of the big city shopping side of Bangkok. We very much enjoyed it.

Thank Avril G
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Tom P, Owner at Small Teak Boat Canal Adventure, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2018

Hi Avril G,

Thank you for this great review of our small boat tour with Khun Tee. All of our guide are local canal expert and our boats are all designed to give you a good cruise along the canals. They are not the racing boat that add a lot of air pollute to already smoggy Bangkok sky. If you look for shopping malls, we don't have that on our tour.

Thank you again for coming on our tour and please come back again with your friends and family.

Tom and the Pandan Tour Teams

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