The Thai tourist board has highlighted the delights that can be had on a Bangkok canal cruise.

 Brits catching flights to Bangkok are encouraged to explore the Thai capital’s waterways and find out why it is sometimes called the Venice of the East.

Private long tail boat trips can be arranged for as little as 2,400 baht (£48) per head, which allow a unique view of the hundreds of man-made canals that wind through the vibrant city.

Other options include motor boat trips along the Chao-Pra-Ya River, Tourism Thailand points out.

Furthermore, all online bookings get a 25 per cent discount, making this an even more affordable way to see one of Bangkok’s most attractive sides.

After taking a river cruise, the tourist board suggests a trip to see the Temple of the Dawn, which boasts great views from the 66-metre high Phra Prang tower.

The best views can be seen at dawn and sunset, but if you don’t fancy the climb, you can admire the Cambodian-style tower, which is decorated with over one million pieces of porcelain.

Written by Alex Cochrane

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