Exploring the Historic Bang Luang Canal Community

The Bang Luang Canal community is a testament to centuries of history, tracing its roots back to the Ayutthaya period and witnessing the rise of Thonburi as the capital city alongside Bangkok during the Rattanakosin era. Nestled along the banks of the Thonburi side, this ancient community has been a vibrant hub since time immemorial.


Once reliant on boats for transportation due to its canal-side location, the community has adapted to the changing times. While roads now crisscross the area, remnants of its aquatic heritage linger, with boat travel still offering a unique way to explore the Bang Luang Canal community. Long-tail boats ferry visitors from the Chao Phraya River into the heart of the canal, providing a shared experience amidst the riverside charm.

Upon arrival, visitors are greeted with a tapestry of sights and sounds to explore on foot. From shrines and temples steeped in history to the quaint abodes of local artists, every corner tells a story of tradition and creativity.


Once the domain of nobles and courtiers, the Bang Luang Canal community has evolved into a quaint, small-sized neighborhood. The riverbank is lined with two-story wooden houses, blending old-world charm and modern renovations that still exude the ambiance of traditional riverside living.

ourists can choose between two main routes for exploration: a stroll along the narrow lanes behind the riverside houses or a scenic walk along the Bang Luang Canal itself. Along the canal route, visitors will encounter riverside shops, cozy eateries, and the beloved artists' house—a vibrant hub of creativity where various art forms come to life.


Further along the route lies the Bang Kaew Temple, a venerable site steeped in history and adorned with intricate Buddhist art. From architectural marvels to captivating mural paintings, the temple offers a glimpse into the rich cultural heritage of the community.

Accessible by both boat and car, visiting the Bang Luang Canal community is a breeze. The best time to explore is from morning until the afternoon when the community bustles with activity. Evenings, meanwhile, offer a tranquil charm as the shops and artists' houses wind down for the day.


Steeped in history yet pulsating with life, the Bang Luang Canal community serves as a captivating destination for cultural exploration. Whether you're a history enthusiast or simply seeking an authentic slice of local life, this riverside gem promises an enriching experience unlike any other. So, immerse yourself in the timeless allure of the Bang Luang Canal community, where the past meets the present in perfect harmony

Editor in Chief : Nampetch Siramanon
Editor: Pacific Leisure (Thailand)
Content Creator : Mr. Saroj Na Ayutthaya

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