PM to open floating market near Government House

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BANGKOK, Feb 11 – Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will preside over a ceremony to launch an 18-day floating market at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem, a canal near Government House in Bangkok on Thursday, according to government spokesperson Maj Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

He said the opening ceremony of the floating market will be held at the Orathai Bridge at 4.45pm.

Maj Gen Sansern said the floating market is part of the government’s “Discover Thainess” tourism campaign, aimed at preserving Thai cultural heritage and unique identity and stimulating the economy.

The floating market will also help develop areas around Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem into pleasant public places for relaxation, he said.

The floating market, which extends 350 meters from the Orathai Bridge to the Makkhawan Rangsan Bridge, will opened today through March 1.

Gen Sansern said the floating market consists of three zones; the floating market, itself, open from 3pm-8pm having 40 boat vendors; a land market with some 90 booth vendors offering diverse food and products, open from 11am-8pm; and  sightseeing cruises to historic landmarks along the canal, setting sail twice daily at 4pm and 5pm.