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Bangkok's Khlong Saen Saep

Every visitor to Bangkok rides the river boats up and down the Chao Phraya,and most will also tour the backwater canals or khlongs. Travelling the Khlong Saen Saep is a decidedly less glamorous experience, the passenger launches spewing out a wake of filthy black water as they roar between the jetties. Engines rev impatiently as commuters scramble on or off - that is, when the boat captain does feel like stopping. The canal's east-west arterial route across the metropolis reveals a slice of life in canalside communities whilst linking several college campuses with the Jim Thompson House and the shopping malls of Pratunam with Banglamphu, near the Golden Mount. This gallery follows that route from east to west.

These images were taken with Nikon D300 using RAW format, and are available for licensing. Please visit www.travelgame.org or my blog.

Landing at Wat Mai Chong Lom
Landing at Wat Mai Chong Lom
Muslim woman
Muslim woman
Caged birds for sale  near a canalside mosque
Caged birds for sale near a canalside mosque
Residential lanes lead away from the khlong
Residential lanes lead away from the khlong
A footbridge leads down from the khlong
A footbridge leads down from the khlong
Flaked out...
Flaked out...
Woman butcher near Wat Mai Chong Lom
Woman butcher near Wat Mai Chong Lom
Foodstalls alongside the khlong
Foodstalls alongside the khlong
Ramshackle homes beside the khlong
Ramshackle homes beside the khlong
Watch out for the filthy wake...
Watch out for the filthy wake...
Watch out for the filthy wake...
Watch out for the filthy wake...
Boarding the vessel
Boarding the vessel
Ticket sellers cling to the ropes...
Ticket sellers cling to the ropes...
Straphanging commuters
Straphanging commuters
Landing stage at Pratunam
Landing stage at Pratunam
Restaurant on Petchburi Road
Restaurant on Petchburi Road
Old-fashioned Chinese-owned stores
Old-fashioned Chinese-owned stores
Chinese stores on Petchburi Road
Chinese stores on Petchburi Road
Chinese stores on Petchburi Road
Chinese stores on Petchburi Road
Crowded laneways
Crowded laneways
Tuktuks on Petchburi Road, Pratunam
Tuktuks on Petchburi Road, Pratunam
Shopping malls, Pratunam
Shopping malls, Pratunam
Pantip Plaza, Pratunam
Pantip Plaza, Pratunam
Pantip Plaza, Pratunam
Pantip Plaza, Pratunam
Hawkers at Pratunam
Hawkers at Pratunam
Jim Thompson House Museum
Jim Thompson House Museum
Jim Thompson House Museum
Jim Thompson House Museum
Jim Thompson House Museum
Jim Thompson House Museum
JimThompson Restaurant & Wine Bar
JimThompson Restaurant & Wine Bar
Vessel nearing the Mahathai U Thit Bridge
Vessel nearing the Mahathai U Thit Bridge
A storekeeper near the Mahathai U Thit Bridge
A storekeeper near the Mahathai U Thit Bridge
Mahathai U Thit Bridge, Banglamphu
Mahathai U Thit Bridge, Banglamphu
Detail of the Mahathai U Thit Bridge
Detail of the Mahathai U Thit Bridge
Store selling wooden Thai script
Store selling wooden Thai script
Wat Saket, the Golden Mount, Banglamphu
Wat Saket, the Golden Mount, Banglamphu
Inside Wat Saket
Inside Wat Saket
Inside Wat Saket
Inside Wat Saket
Buddhas to suit every home and temple...
Buddhas to suit every home and temple...
Students in a Banglamphu cafe
Students in a Banglamphu cafe
Take one home: rubber sages for sale, Banglamphu
Take one home: rubber sages for sale, Banglamphu
Phra Mahakan Fort, Banglamphu
Phra Mahakan Fort, Banglamphu
Phra Mahakan Fort, Banglamphu
Phra Mahakan Fort, Banglamphu