It is not well known that Thailand might be the most canalled Country on the Planet...I have read estimates of between 1200-2000km of canals [klongs] just in and around Bangkok...this city was built in the middle of a huge swamp [Chao Phraya River delta] for strategic reasons at the time when Thailand and Burma were at more-or-less constant war.
As a result there is a deep history of canal-side life, and this composite illustration shows some of it:
* The upside-down parachute is actually a dunking fish net...it is dipped under the water, left for a while, then quickly raised.
* The lady in the boat is a floating fruit seller...she will call out her wares and prices as she slowly paddles along the klong, and people will wait at their wooden jetties to purchase their needs.
* The family group, on their wooden jetty, are making merit by releasing captured birds and fish.
All these activities are still common sights in the klong areas.
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