Thursday, 26 February 2015
Memories of Mandalay cruise....
Viking conducted a boat ride on the Chao Phraya River and Canals. The boat picked us up at the dock of the Shangri-La Hotel.
Although many of the canals have been filled in during the last several years to make room for the development of roads, the canals to the east of the river still remain much as they did in the 19th century, with a network of waterways spreading out into the countryside.
Locals will load small boats with souvenirs and approach tourist boats to sell them their goods.
If houses are built on stilts, they cannot technically be owned; their occupants will keep them as long as they live, but cannot sell or will them. Houses on stilts are not regarded as being built on real land. If houses are situated on concrete blocks and real land, they can be sold or willed.
The water looks very dirty; this is because the river bed is so muddy. All rivers in Southeast Asia look dirty for the same reason. The tour guide dipped a plastic bag into the water, and it showed clear.
The locals do not drink the water; they prefer to pay for water from a city water filtration plant.
Photos belong to Phil Bianco.