New floating market to be opened soon near Government House

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BANGKOK, Jan 23 – A new floating market near Government House in central Bangkok will be opened early next month.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, who initiated the idea on opening the new traditional Thai floating market on the Padung Krung Kasem Canal near the government seat, will reportedly inaugurate the new floating market himself on February 2, 2015.

The new floating market, set to welcome local and international visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 5pm, is aimed to stimulate domestic tourism and assist local traders to earn regular income, as suggested by the prime minister.

The premier, who is also Chief of the army-led National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), also ordered preparations for the public opening of the new ancient Thai style floating market, including cleaning up the Padung Krung Kasem Canal and providing adequate facilities for international visitors.

The Thai premier said he wants the new floating market to be a model for other floating markets to be later opened on other suitable rivers or canals to make use of the country’s waterways.