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Floating vendor selling traditional Thai ice cream from his boat

Floating vendor selling traditional Thai ice cream from his boat

There’s a very small “floating market” (I’m almost hesitant to call it that way, because how many floating vendors you’ll actually get to see will depend on the day) in Bangkok. Floating markets have for a long time been a part of everyday life in Bangkok, particularly during the times before roads where build everywhere. At that time Bangkok was a very different city – it was also called the “Venice of the East”, because to get anywhere, you would usually take a boat and ride along the canals.

But with the construction of roads (and the filling up of the waterways) these floating markets largely disappeared.

However, in some corners of Bangkok you can still find vendors selling their merchandise from long wooden dinghys, and it’s definitely charming to see that. Plus, this particular vendor that you see in the picture is selling traditional Thai ice-cream made from coconut and served with sticky rice, and who would wanna say no to that? ;-)

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