Friday, May 29, 2009

Exploring the Chao Phraya

Chao Phraya is also known as its ancient name Menom Chao Phraya
length: 372km O_O
flows from north of Thailand thru Bangkok city
with its own water system
irrigation and transportation
JS was hiding in the shade while waiting for our "long-tail-boat"
Khun Chai booked us one whole boat just fo the 3 of us
*yes we were treated like Emperor and Emperess at all time*
on the background is the Rama VIII cable bridge
I had problem getting in and alighting this small lil boat
I've alwiz had problem with water transportation
dunno why -_-
our boat driver who was so kind and sweet
he slowed the boat down everytime we were trying to snap pic
and off we go!!!!!
usually the tourist boat ride will take u to the normal route
out on the open Chao Phraya
all u see are buildings...the city...more buildings...the palace...

but Mr. Boat Driver brought us to see more than the above
the life of Chao Phraya :))))))))))))
there are roughly about 2 million ppl staying by the river
living on stilt home above the water
and they have proper sewage, water pipping, electricity and all
and mind u some of these houses dun even have land access
so most of them own small lil boats and canoes to travel around.
yes simple boat like this.....
u see em everywhere parked outside their dwellings.
from afar I can see her beautiful smile :)))))
Thailand is truly a "Land of Smiles"
selling souvenirs and cold drinks :))))))))))
May I suggest u sell ice cream too?
AAAAAAAA thirst quencher
Baby Coke!!!! 250ml
classic wooden house with their "Car" parked on the garage
then we de-toured to smaller canals
there were like thousands of canals branching out here n there
upgrading and maintenance works along the canal
there were so many canals I thought we were lost :P
children playing
one of the many beautiful temple along the canal
some houses were amazingly beautiful
later we were back on the main river again
the above was the Grand Palace
this trip, we didn't have the time to visit the Grand Palace
we'll plan something again in the next few months

the 90 minutes boat ride along the Chao Phraya was really an eye opener
that's the way to go if u wanna see the REAL Thailand.


js said...

แม่น้ำเจ้าพระยา= literally translate to "mother water of god of healing"= river of life offcourse!!
yes, river = mother water and you can see why!!

CHER-RY said...

JS: how do u type Thai???