Inner-city eco-tourism – Bang Krachao and Lat Pho Canal

Most tourists in Bangkok spend a few hours on the city’s canals, visiting the floating markets and experiencing the old-fashioned charm of canal-side life. But what many people don’t know about is the huge role that Thai canals play in protecting the city from seasonal flooding.
One such wonderful waterway is the Lat Pho Canal in Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan. Originally, this 600-metre canal was simply a shallow channel used as a shortcut across a meander in the Chao Phraya River. But in 2005, King Rama IX saw that if the canal was deepened and widened and gates were built, it

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