martes, 1 de julio de 2008

The Floating Market - Bangkok

One of the most famous pictures of Thailand, and perhaps one of the most visited tourist sites around Bangkok, is the original Floating Market, Damnoen Saduak, and is located 110 kilometres from Bangkok in Ratchaburi province.
The original canals which now make up the Floating Market were built in 1866 on demand of His Majesty the King of Thailand to help ease communication in the province.
Canals in and around Bangkok are an important method of transport and help to facilitate communication between different areas of the city. To this day many people still live along the canals and frequently use boats as a method of transportation from one point to another.
As food is a very important part of Thai culture, you will see mobile food stores selling anything from fruit, Som Tam, barbequed chicken, and other delicacies moving around Bangkok, on the streets just as an ice cream van does in most western countries. This also applies to the canals where you will frequently see boats moving from house to house selling different wares