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    Post by Joy on Sat 16 Jan 2010, 10:16 pm

    A boat jam near the Temple Markets. There was actually a traffic policeman jumping from boat roof to boat roof, attempting to sort out the tangle & reduce the chaos. This he was able to achieve with short, sharp blasts on his whistle. He, quite literally, unravelled the mess.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 16 Jan 2010, 10:17 pm

    These klongs are very busy. Note how the power poles sit right in the water.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 16 Jan 2010, 10:21 pm

    A bit more peaceful here as it seems to be away from the more frantic areas of the klongs. Most of the homes on this part of the klongs have fish traps. The one to the right is set in the water. It is the long pole lying, almost, horizontally.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 16 Jan 2010, 10:23 pm

    There is something different around every bend in these klongs.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 16 Jan 2010, 10:24 pm

    This is getting to the more rural areas.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 16 Jan 2010, 10:26 pm

    Thailand's temples, Wats, all have schools attached. There were 6,000 in Bangkok & 25,000 in the whole of Thailand. Another of the commuter shelters for those waiting for ferries & water taxis.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 16 Jan 2010, 10:27 pm

    Part of a temple complex as seen from the klong. One of the many.

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    Post by Joy on Sat 16 Jan 2010, 10:29 pm

    A beautiful small bell tower. Do not know what it or the watchtower are for.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 17 Jan 2010, 3:35 pm

    This is a huge mat of water hyacinths in a rural area. It floats down the Chao Phraya River in large rafts. Watert buffalo are fed with it, too.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 17 Jan 2010, 3:36 pm

    More water hyacinths.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 17 Jan 2010, 3:39 pm

    These are the less congested regions of the klongs & river. The long arms sticking out & up, on the right side of the klong, are fish traps raised up. They hold an umbrella-shaped fine meshed trap.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 17 Jan 2010, 3:42 pm

    Some boatsheds. These are as common around these klongs as garages are in our suburbia.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 17 Jan 2010, 3:43 pm

    Another dwelling along a klong.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 17 Jan 2010, 3:45 pm

    More dwellings along the klongs. These also have fishtraps set with the poles bent over the water.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 17 Jan 2010, 3:49 pm

    Locals feeding the sacred fish, which are under the protection of the nearby Buddhist temple. The bread is bought from the temple to feed the fish & this will bring you blessings. For some reason these fish are about three times the size of the normal fish in the klongs. They aren't enclosed but seem to know not to leave this area.

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    Post by Joy on Sun 17 Jan 2010, 3:57 pm

    One of our trips on the klongs & river was in a rice barge, which was nowbeing used for tourism. This barge has to be towed & this was done by a rather small boat. This cruise served Thai Dynamite which was the local Thai whisky served with orange cordial. Don't knock until you have tried it. :lol: There was also a large & very beautiful fruit platter which was very delicious.

    Wonder if the power poles on the left regularly get run into like the ones on streets do.

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    Post by Glad E Olah on Sun 14 Nov 2010, 1:28 pm

    Wow that had to be an education trip!
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    Post by Joy on Sun 14 Nov 2010, 1:51 pm

    It was great, Glad & the Thais are, on the whole, such happy, pleasant people. Wouldn't mind going back for another visit. With a better camera this time though the camera I had back then didn't do such a bad job. Most of the problems were caused by differing standards of developing.

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