Going green: Bangkok to launch eco-friendly khlong boats

Bangkok officials plan to launch environmentally-friendly boats next month.

Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra and Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) officials attended a test run of the boat prototypes, inspecting the 8km waterway connecting the Saphan Taksin pier with the pier at Taling Chan district’s floating market.

The boats will be deployed along the Khlong Phasi Charoen.

They have a capacity of 60 passengers, are made of fiberglass and are equipped with a GPS automatic speed control system, four CCTV cameras and free Wi-Fi. They also have a designated space for wheelchairs and bicycles. 

Ahead of the launch, the BMA is training staff and testing three boats, before a further nine boats are delivered by the manufacturer in August.

Officials are also working on extending boat routes to connect with BTS Sky Train stations. 

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