Bangkoknoi Canal & Bangknoi District
Bangkoknoi Canal Market
- The Chao Phraya River is vast and fast flowing. A cruise along the River is well recommended including one either to or from Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya was in the 16 and 17 Centuries a major international trading city.
- In 1522 the then King of Siam instigated the shortening of the River to the sea by cutting a canal heading directly South to avoid the meaning river. This canal was cut from where Thammasat University is today (north of the Grand Palace) to Wat Arun. The original meandering portion of the River then shrunk in size as the new canal expanded with the flow and volume of fast water to become the giant section it is today.