Photographer's Note

Klong or canal life has long been a part of Thai culture. The Europeans used to call Bangkok "Venice of the East". That was fifty years ago, when Bangkok still had hundreds of klongs. In the mid-nineteenth century, the Chao Phraya River ran through a city with two-thirds of its residents living in floating wooden houses. With improving living standards and new needs they started filling in and paving over the klongs, to make roads.

Today there are only few klongs left and most people take the roads instead of the waterways, despite the fact, that klong travel is much faster then the most of the time gridlocked roads.

Traveling the klongs offer not only picturesque photo opportunities, but also a look into the everyday lives of Bangkok’s population. Many Thais still live along the waterways, in small wooden houses that rise out of the water on wooden stilts. Passing by, you can see them doing laundry or bathing while small children are playing.

This klong in the picture is in the western part of the capital at the Thonburi side. Klongs are very important during monsoon season the protect Bangkok from flooding. Excess water is pumped to the sea, while floodgates are protecting the neighborhood.

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