This klong service operated from 5am to 11pm 7 days a week. The frequency of this service is every 20 to 30 minutes with extras at peak times. There are only 2 full piers on this klong service. All other stops are on request basis from any location along the klong. The route of this klong is rather twisty leading me to believe it may have been a natural creek at one point before being upgraded to a transport klong hundreds of years ago.
This klong is also used to collect rubbish from the homes and businesses along the klong. Locals along this klong sell food and other goods from time to time from small boats. As far as I know there is no floating market operating on this klong. The people who live in this area are mostly Islamic Thais who moved up from the south of Thailand and Malaysia to Bangkok around 200 years ago.
This Klong boat connects Talat Phra Khanong (Phra Khanong wet market) with Srinagarindra Rd. The trip takes about 30 minutes. However this route may become more popular as a near by road called Onnut road is becoming increasingly congested and is now taking over 40 minutes to travel the same distance. Even though no other mass transport options direct connect at Talat Phra Khanong without taking at least a 5 minute walk. This route may take on a greater fast mass transport role in the future.
1. This is a typical small mass transport klong boat used on Klong Prawet Buri Rom. Taken just before I boarded it at Srinagarindra Rd pier.
2. This is an image of the seating on a Klong Prawet Buri Rom boat at Srinagarindra road pier. The boats are about 1.2 meters wide and hold around 30 people.
3. This is another angle of a Klong Prawet Buri Rom boat taken at Srinagarinda road pier note the engine and prop is shown.
4. This is a shot of the boats stored at the holding area under Srinagarinda road.
5. This is a picture of the other pier on Srinagarinda road. This stop has and 2 piers inbound and outbound even though it’s the end of the line.
6. This is a side on shot of the klong boat at the outbound pier at Srinagarinda road. The boat will do a U turn under the bridge and pick up at the inbound pier.
7. This is a general view of Klong Prawet Buri Rom looking west towards Phra Khanong.
8. This is an image of the klong boat approaching the outbound pier at Srinagarinda road.
9. This is a shot of the boat driver just after departing Srinagarinda rd inbound pier. Note how he is smoking while driving the boat.
10. This is a short movie showing one of the many typical piers on Klong Prawet Buri Rom. The boats stop at any and only take a few seconds to make a stop.
11. This is another movie showing the pick up of a few passengers at a school on Klong Prawet Buri Rom. Note how close to the bridge the boat gets.
12. This is a shot of another typical pier on Klong Prawet Buri Rom.
13. This is an image showing the loading on the boat. There would have been about 20 people on the boat now. Not all passengers go the end of the route a lot use it just along part of the klong.
14. This is a shot of a private school boat loading school kids at the back of a local school.
15. This is a picture of showing how close to the side of the klong the boat gets when taking one of the many curves on the klong.
16. This is a movie showing the tight curves in the klong and the passing of 2 klong boats. A passenger transferred between these two boats. Note how much of a lean the boats get when turning and how close to the side of the klong they get.
17. This is an image of the high density apartments that back onto the klong in places. These apartments often have river and access to a main road via narrow soi.
18. This is another image of high density condos that back onto the klong. These were built by LPN group. Taken from the klong boat.
19. This is a junction in the klong not far from Talat Phra Khanong. If you take the other klong you will reach Klong Tan and Klong Saen Saep. Currently no mass transport boat service operates on that klong.
20. This is a picture showing the approach to Talat Phra Khanong. Note the BTS line in the background this pier is in the middle between 2 stations.
21. This is an image of the Klong boat pier at Talat Phra Khanong. This is the final stop.
22. This is a shot of the boat driver getting up a good lean to turn the boat around at Talat Phra Khanong.
23. This is a close up shot of the engine on the klong boat. It’s basically a truck engine mounted on a pivot with a propeller shaft attached to the gearbox. This is why they are called long tail boats.
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