The Chao Phraya river is a major river in Thailand, which flows through Bangkok and then into the Gulf of Thailand.
In olden time most communities of Thailand were formed at the sides of rivers. Many criss-crossing rivers and canals served as means of transportation. Such ways of life of the riverside communities, especially in the Chao Phraya River Basin brought to the rise of a number of floating markets.
Floating markets had become a token of the communities in the central plain of Thailand for centuries.
Given that many floating markets bear stories of people's lives and possess matchless charisma, many such markets have been revived and brought into existence in order to allow people of the latest generations and overseas tourists to take in the genuine impression of the riverside shopping.