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Canal crossing in the Klongs

Posted by
: Helen : (Helen is photographing in Melbourne,, Australia) on 15 August 2016 in Cityscape & Urban.

A Klong or (khlong) is a canal in Thailand. This photograph was taken in down-town Bangkok. There are many canals behind the scenes and they are fascinating! It is well worth grabbing a boat and seeing the watery heart of the city. Once you do that, you discover the quickest way to go places is on the river.

"These canals are spawned by the Chao Phraya, the Tha Chin, the Mae Klong Rivers, and their tributaries. The Thai word khlong is not limited to artificial canals. Many smaller rivers are referred to as "khlong", followed by the name of the stream."

Historically, the Thai capital Bangkok was crisscrossed by khlongs, and so gained the nickname, Venice of the East. Khlongs were used for transportation and for floating markets, but also for sewage disposal. Today, most of the khlongs of Bangkok have been filled in, although the Thonburi side of Bangkok (covering areas west of Chao Phraya River) still retains several of its larger khlongs."

Source: Wikipedia

Canon EOS 5D Mark III 1/160 second F/9.0 ISO 100 24 mm

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Emma G from Auckland, New Zealand

amazing - looks like the street has flooded.

15 Aug 2016 8:57am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful view from across the water and I like its description as the Venice of the East!

15 Aug 2016 10:35am

omid from mashhad, Iran

A M A Z I N G !!!

15 Aug 2016 11:07am

Philnz from Ngatea, New Zealand

Now that is what you call "Water Front"

16 Aug 2016 3:38am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien inondé

16 Aug 2016 7:26am