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Picture of the day – Khlong Saen Saeb, Bangkok

Bangkok, kids on bike
Bangkok, kids on bike

Who needs an SUV when you can pick-up both kids from school on a push bike!? This family were riding along the path of the Saen Saeb Canal which cuts through the centre of Bangkok. The canal has a very convenient public boat service which usefully avoids Bangkok’s traffic jams and Skytrain fares and runs from the Golden Mount and Ratchadamnern Road past Bo Bae market, National Stadium, Siam Square, Pratunam etc.

Boats can reach fairly scary speeds though, ticket collectors wear crash helmets and the boast lower their rooves as they go under bridges – you don’t want to get splashed by the canal ‘water’ (loose description!), either but it is a fun and quick way to get from one side of town to the other. A chase scene on the canal appeared in a Bond movie, (Man with the Golden Gun we think? “I like a girl in a bikini – no concealed weapons“), at only slightly faster than usual speeds!

A detailed description of the canal can be found here and it features on All Points East Bangkok tours but without the chase scene! Cheers!