had the chance a couple of weeks ago to go on a Chao Phraya River cruise. My
Swiss friend Marcel Emmenegger (making the victory sign) was the organizer,
assembling people to visit Punntara Resort. Our group was composed of friends of
Marcel and Khun Peerapong.
We set out from Bangkrachao in a
speedboat and continued along the Chao Phraya and ultimately to the mouth of the
river and the sea. We passed freighters, barges, tugboats, ferries, private
pleasure boats. The loading cranes along the port were motionless on this Sunday
trip. Along the river we passed traditional communities and houses; many have
small wharfs, and residence can be seen fishing.
The life part of Bangkok is mostly
hidden. Most people elect to stay on the ground in the city proper. At most
tourists will take a one-hour long-tail boat along the Chao Phraya River.
The vastness of the Chao Phraya and
its importance as an entry port, the relation of Bangkok to the sea, the locked
in time life along the rive mostly remain out of sight. You have to go out and
seek this experience.
Early on Sunday morning, we crossed
by ferry from the Port Authority of Klong Toey to Bangkrachao. This was a
three-minute ferry ride. What made this trip special was our host Khun Peerapong
and his wife, after the long cruise down the
Chao Phraya served us lunch, showed
us around Punntara, which also houses a fighting fish museum. I learned the
history of these incredible fish.
By the way, Punntara means
wisdom/spirit of water. A day on the river does increase wisdom about life in