Bangkok people will soon have another travel choice to visit and shop at Klong Phadung Krungkasem floating market after the city administration is seeking approval from the government to support its plan to open a boat service from Hua Lampong railway station to Thewes market pier.
The canal route is about 5.5 kilometres along the Phadung Krungkasem canal from the railway station pier to the Thewes market pier.
The route passes the Klong Phadung Krungkasem floating market which is located near the Government House.
Deputy governor of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Mr Amorn Kijchawenkul said the city administration was seeking approval of its 345 million baht boat service project from the Ministry of Interior which supervises the city administration.
The boat will pass by three Bangkok’s districts, namely Phra Nakhon, Promprab Sattruphai, and Dusit with 10 piers.
He said the new boat service will link the express boat service on the Chao Phraya river at Thewes express pier, the ferry service, and the subway train service at Hua Lampong railway station.
Under the plan, the city administration will also improve the Phadung Krungkasem canal to be an ideal tourist spot with the construction of bike lane along the canal, and renovation of the canal landscape to be relaxing site for the handicapped.
He said if the project gets a green light from the ministry, the city administration will take 7-9 months to hire a private company to operate the boat service for seven years.