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Cruising the Majestic Waterways

               
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Rivers and canals (khlong) are synonymous with Thai existence. An abundant source and sustainer of life, Thailand’s riverine world is a network of flowing arteries that nurture and support local communities. These vital waterways not only provide our basic needs but also serve as important transportation routes, conveniently linking all corners of the Kingdom.

An integral part of daily life, our flowing tributaries are used for leisure and commerce alike. They are the play-ground for frolicking children, peaceful rest stops for the elderly perching on their waterfront pavilions, or enterprising and colourful floating markets that paddle along selling fresh produce from local farms.

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Water is a reverent symbol in Thai culture, it signifies both life force and purity. Throughout the year there are unique and joyous celebrations honouring and expressing gratitude for the country’s plentiful waterways. At Songkran, the traditional Thai New Year, lustral water is poured over golden Buddha images and the young gently splash water upon their elders in respect. On the November full moon, people gather at rivers and lakes to float lotus-shaped banana leaf vessels, called "Krathongs", to pay homage to the Goddess of Water. Besides annual festivities, the spectacular Royal Barge Procession with its ornamental flotilla led by His Majesty, is the most elaborate example of deep attachment to the rivers.

Early encounters of such majestic riverine craft met Western diplomats when they first sailed into the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya. The impressive sight of a thriving city island encircled by canals alive with raft houses and water borne communities, led foreigners to affectionately dub the kingdom "Venice of the East."

 

 

The waterway cruises detailed in this guide are only a small example of the diverse and amazing routes that meander the length and breadth of Thailand. Wherever your port of call, you are sure to encounter historic riverside architecture and fabulous scenes of natural beauty that create unique cultural identities specific to each locale. Set sail with us on a voyage of fascinating discovery.
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