While Bangkok is a true urban monster, there are still a few pockets of solitude and beauty in this concrete beast. Thonburi's Klong Bangkok Noi (Klong = canal in Thai) is one such place
Thonburi is situated to the west of the Chao Phraya river. "Downtown" Bangkok is to the east of the river.
There is a public longtail boat service that serves mainly commuters going in and out of the city, but also the occassional tourist. It leaves Tha Chang (Chang Pier) on the Chao Phraya river every day at 4 PM.
Some nice examples of traditional Thai architecture
The further one travels down the canal, the more rural the setting becomes...
People going by boat from house to house. Hard to believe that this photo was actually taken in Bangkok!
Some rich Thai people have built beatiful houses on the banks of the canal.
Guess this is one reason why some people choose to travel by boat and not by bus: the boat can stop right at the entrances of most houses. This way, the passenger can simply jump off the boat right at the doorstep of his home!
A supermarket to serve incoming boats...
Many areas in Bangkok were flooded because of rains. I guess that access to some of the houses was only by boat
A new baby in the family! Neighbours ariving by boats to greet the happy granny...
The loyal dog, awaiting its master...
A mobile supermarket
The end of the road! After about an hour's ride, the boat reaches Bang Yai at the outskirts of the metropolin