Tall Stories 177: Khlongs, Bangkok
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7 October 2019
We take to the water in Bangkok to explore the khlongs, a vast network of canals that crisscross the Southeast Asian city. Home to bustling commuters, tottering tourists and floating markets, these still-thriving waterways are the city’s ancient lifeblood.
7 October 2019
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