Bangkok has once been dubbed by the international community as the "Venice of the East," for its diverse network of canals, locally known as "Klongs." Since the reigns of King Rama the 1st , the residents of Bangkok did a great deal of commuting by small boats on the Klongs, similar to the way of life so characteristic of Venice for centuries long.

Commerce throughout Bangkok was often conducted on boats, and merchants would take their fresh produces by boat each day to the so-called floating markets, where they would meet and conduct trade. At the floating market, you will find all kinds of "floating shops," such as floating fruit shops, floating flower shops, floating culinary and food shops, and much more.