On the Chao PhrayaPosted: August 5, 2015
The view across the Chao Phraya river to Thonburi is spectacular. Glittering, golden temples side-by-side with crumbling, ramshackle houses. A sketchers paradise, really. But the view that can’t be captured in pen because it changes so quickly is the flow of boat traffic on the water. Tourist boats chugging from dock to dock, giant barges (five or six chained in a line) pulled and followed by tugs, fancy hotel shuttles, and the noisiest of all — the sharp-nosed longtail boats that take you through the canals of Thonburi. Bangkok is hot, gritty and crowded so I didn’t sketch here as much as I had hoped but I’m glad I have at least one sketch of the river.