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stdClass Object ( [ID] => 33501 [post_author] => 54 [post_date] => 2014-09-09 05:29:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2014-09-09 05:29:12 [post_content] => BANGKOK goes by many names and appellations, depending on who is speaking and how they feel about the city. The Thais call their capital Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, meaning something along the lines of ‘City of Angels’. However that name is merely an abbreviation. Bangkok’s official title would probably take most readers half a year to pronounce. [caption id="attachment_33502" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Pic: Ben Cowles."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_33503" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Pic: Ben Cowles."][/caption] Bangkok has another, slightly cheesier, name: “The Venice of the East”. It got this nickname back in the nineteenth century when most denizens of the city lived down by the Chao Phraya river, or one of its many canals (called khlong in Thai). [caption id="attachment_33504" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Pic: Ben Cowles."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_33505" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Pic: Ben Cowles."][/caption] The Chao Phraya and its many tributaries have been central to life in the country ever since people turned up at its banks and decided to fish. As well as rising and falling by the river shore, Thailand’s ancient kingdoms dug out a complex canal system from the river in order to irrigate their rice paddies and to shorten sailing time to the Gulf of Thailand. [caption id="attachment_33506" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Pic: Ben Cowles."][/caption] These days, however, Bangkok’s khlongs are not what they used to be. Many have been filled in with concrete to make way for the march of the 20th century, and the water is rather putrid thanks to heavy pollution. [caption id="attachment_33507" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Pic: Ben Cowles."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_33508" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="Pic: Ben Cowles."][/caption] Despite the Bangkok’s rampant modernity and 21st century transportation systems, the Chao Phraya River is still used to transport around 50,000 people a day on its barges and private boats. A trip up the river to any one of the 30+ piers costs only 15 Baht (US .45¢) on the public barges. [caption id="attachment_33510" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Pic: Ben Cowles."][/caption] [post_title] => In pictures: The waterways of Bangkok [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => in-pictures-the-waterways-of-bangkok [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2014-09-09 05:38:04 [post_modified_gmt] => 2014-09-09 05:38:04 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://www.travelwireasia.com/?p=33501 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )

In pictures: The waterways of Bangkok

In pictures: The waterways of Bangkok
September 9, 2014 - 0 Comments - Ben Cowles

BANGKOK goes by many names and appellations, depending on who is speaking and how they feel about the city. The Thais call their capital Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, meaning something along the lines of ‘City of Angels’. However that name is merely an abbreviation. Bangkok’s official title would probably take most readers half a year…>

Head to the hills: Indian hillstations where you can escape the heat

Head to the hills: Indian hillstations where you can escape the heat
August 25, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

INDIA’S former British residents utilized high altitude towns across the nation as a place of refuge from the intense summer heat of the plains. Many of these had a central mall or a focal point such as a lake, around which activities could be based. Today the idea of the hill station is not lost on modern day tourists with Indian and other visitors flocking to places in Kerala, Uttarkhand, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and other states for a little respite.

The Weekend Warrior’s guide to… Siem Reap

The Weekend Warrior’s guide to… Siem Reap
August 14, 2014 - 0 Comments - Ben Cowles

WITH the city’s innumerable temples, overeager moto drivers, unofficial tour guides, flocks of one-dollar kids, and absurd humidity, 48 hours in Siem Reap can be a rather beguiling experience for the unprepared. This weekend warrior’s guide will set you straight.

On safari: Animal trips with a difference around Asia

On safari: Animal trips with a difference around Asia
August 6, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FOR a chance to travel to less touristy areas in Asia and encounter wildlife, nature and local life, an animal safari is an excellent option. Elephant, camel and horse safari operators exist in places as varied as the Inner Mongolian steppe, Thailand’s northern mountains and India’s desert sands and their itineraries provide the chance to…>

Finding meaning: 5 pilgrimage paths across Asia

Finding meaning: 5 pilgrimage paths across Asia
July 28, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

THE art of pilgrimage is an age old tradition that is not lost in modern day Asia where it is still possible to follow routes with other pilgrims to holy places such as the source of the River Ganges in India, the holy mountain of Kailash in Tibet or Buddhist monasteries perched on clifftops in…>

Visa enforcement tightens for tourists and expats in Thailand

Visa enforcement tightens for tourists and expats in Thailand
July 21, 2014 - 0 Comments - Casey Hynes

THE days of ‘border runs’ in Thailand are coming to a swift end. Immigration is putting a stop to these brief overland trips in and out of neighboring countries, popular among long-stay travelers and tourists who want to extend their time in the country. Even those on valid tourist visas may be denied entry if immigration officials suspect feel they are spending too long in the country or working illegally.

India to introduce new visa-on-arrival scheme

India to introduce new visa-on-arrival scheme
July 20, 2014 - 0 Comments - Cormac Quinn

THE Indian visa office in Kathmandu’s Thamel district has long held an allure for spur-of-the-moment travellers. Located on a cramped street flanked by open sewers and loitering rickshaw peddlers, it is one of Asia’s few Indian visa offices that issue all foreigners tourist visas on short notice.

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