Exploring Saen Saeb Canal – Part 1

October 7, 2012

My day trip to today was to explore a stretch of Saen Saeb Canal. I heard that they were extending the boat services from Wat Sri Bunruang to Minburi and so was keen to see if this was actually true. My starting point was at Kwan Riam Floating Market. I was there before 7:30 a.m. so that I could take some pictures of the alms round by boat. This takes place every weekend and on public holidays. The pier here is already finished but I was told that the boat service hadn’t started yet. No surprise there. I cycled along the towpath a bit but it was narrow, dangerous and not very complete. I spoke to some locals and they told me that they don’t want the boat service to come until the BMA have built proper concrete walkways with lighting on both sides of the canal.

This section of Saen Saeb Canal, from The Outer Ring road bridge to Wat Sri Bunruang already has a concrete walkway on both sides. It’s apparently been finished several years. However, electrical wiring on some sections have already been pilfered and the lights don’t work. The southern side is also very overgrown in places. So, it is advisable to use the northern side which is clearer and also has less of these small bridges. I am not sure if you can see but they are very steep and it was difficult to get my bike up them. Notice in the bottom picture  some locals took it on themselves to build a ramp. Obviously they want this for motorbikes. Nice for them but dangerous for people who want to use this path for exercise in the evenings. My last stop was Wat Sri Bunruang. This is where the canal boat service starts for trips into Bangkok. No-one seems to know when the boats to Minburi will start.

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This is an embed of my Google map of the Saen Saeb Canal. I am still working on it and you will hopefully see some additions over the coming months. The canal goes all the way from Bangkok to Chachoengsao and hopefully eventually I will do the entire route.

5 comments on “Exploring Saen Saeb Canal – Part 1

  1. Very helpful info thank you. I plan to see how far I can travel by public boat down Saen Saep Canal late January, hopefully Min Buri.

  2. Pfriemer on said:

    if you like to explore the outer Khlong Saen Saeb please have a visit at my album I set:


    This excursion was a dream! But difficult to arrange, you’ve to get in touch with local people to hire a boat.

    Greetings from Bangkok

  3. As per my tweet to you, the boat’s last stop is still at Wat Sri Bunruang Pier as of yesterday. Your suggestion of using a taxi worked out fine for getting the rest of the way to Kwan Riam Floating Market which was about 6K and 67THB.

  4. I cycled on the eastern side of klong Saen Saeb from Klong Tan to the outer ring road, and it has now been completed – Andrew Clark who was with me said it was better than the western side he had previously ridden due to fewer bridges and the bridges being designed with bicycles in mind. It is not however possible to pass the outer ring road using the canal path.

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