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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…>

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…>

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.

Thailand lifts curfew in Phuket, Pattaya and Samui

Thailand lifts curfew in Phuket, Pattaya and Samui
June 3, 2014 - 1 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

THAILAND’S military junta has lifted a curfew at three popular beach resorts but said the restriction imposed after its May 22 coup will stay in place for the rest of the country, including the capital, Bangkok.

On the road: The best two-wheel adventures in Asia

On the road: The best two-wheel adventures in Asia
June 2, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FOR a chance to really get off the beaten track, feel the wind in your hair and explore some of Asia’s most beautiful regions, a motorbike is really the vehicle of choice. With options to buy or rent in many countries, it’s also often a cost effective means of getting around and leaves you plenty…>

In pictures: The Buddhas, temples and monasteries of Asia

In pictures: The Buddhas, temples and monasteries of Asia
February 10, 2014 - 0 Comments - Jo Lane

FROM enormous Buddha statues to monasteries perched on cliff tops or located in remote valleys, Buddhism plays a huge role across Asia.

Chiang Mai shopping malls: A guide

Chiang Mai shopping malls: A guide
February 4, 2014 - 0 Comments - Travel Wire Asia

SOMETIMES viewing temples, haggling at markets, hiking in the hills and endless rice can get a bit much and the body craves a day of aircon, overpriced coffee, Western fast food and maybe even a movie.

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TenFace Bangkok

Bangkok, Pathumwan, Thailand

TenFace Bangkok

A Life Less ordinary

1 Bedroom, sleeps 2
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LUXX

Bangkok, , Thailand

LUXX

Bangkok’s Small Boutique Hotel

Bedroom, sleeps 2
1 Bathroom View

The Sukhothai Bangkok

Bangkok, , Thailand

The Sukhothai Bangkok

A Play Of Symmetry And

Bedroom, sleeps 2
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Lebua At State Tower

Bangkok, Bangrak, Thailand

Lebua At State Tower

Finest Bangkok Luxury

Bedroom, sleeps 2
1 Bathroom View

Dream Bangkok

Bangkok, , Thailand

Dream Bangkok

Luxurious Contemporary Bangkok Boutique

Bedroom, sleeps 2
1 Bathroom View

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