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. 

Our primary mission at Coconuts is to inform and entertain our audience. To do that, we need the support of our readers. If you read Coconuts often, perhaps you might consider joining our COCO+ Membership program? You’ll be supporting local news and joining a community of like-minded individuals across Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, and beyond. And in addition to unlimited Coconuts content, you’ll get an ad-free experience, exclusive giveaways and discounts, free access to events, and a stylish tote bag. Become a COCO+ Member for less than US$1 per week. Thanks for reading!

Leave a Reply

MOST POPULAR