February 2015 - Bangkok Thailand
In the heart of Bangkok lies a huge network of canals where hundreds of people go about their daily lives, while on other side of the Chao Praya the huge skyscrapers of the financial district seem a world away.
Waiting to board our boat with some trepidation.
These are called long-tail boats and are usually decked out with flowers for good luck. Not the best for taking photos as it was around noon and the canvas overhead was in the way. If I did it again I would go before sunset.
The long-tail boat, known as Ruea Hang Yao in the Thai language,is a type of watercraft native to Southeast Asia, which uses a common automotive engine as a readily available and maintainable power source.
As we start out I am puzzled with the comparisons to Venice.
A souvenir vendor.
There are temples.
There are restaurants.
And there is ordinary daily life with laundry.
Yikes! Lots of laundry!