The first-ever floating market in Bangkok’s eastern suburb of Min Buri district opened last June claiming it is the only spot where visitors can see Buddhist monks, conducting early morning alms round using boats. Kwan Riam Floating Market, located on Saen Saeb canal arguably the longest and possibly the oldest waterways in the capital, is one of the newest tourist attractions for visitors to Bangkok. The weekend floating market was built to replicate traditional life along the canal for the new generation to learn more of the long history of Saen Saeb canal and the communities that live on its banks. Saen Saeb canal was dug during the reign of King Rama III when conflicts between Siam and Annam, Cambodia boiled over into a war. It was designed to be a waterway to transport soldiers and weapons to Cambodia. Construction started in 1837 and was finished three years later. The canal connects the Chao Phraya River to Prachin Buri and Chachoengsao. It starts from Mahanak canal near the Mahakan Fortress in Bangkok. At the other end, in Chachoengsao province, it flows into the Bang Pa Kong River. Today, it is an important link to divert flood water from Bangkok west to Bang Pa Kong River and canal systems that empty into the Gulf of Thailand. Literally, Saen Saeb canal means 100,000 mosquito bites, possibly a reference to risks involved in digging the canal through what was jungle and wetlands. Saen Saeb canal also has a link to the movie “Plae Kao” that has Kwan and Riam as its main characters in an epic love story of a young boy (Kwan) and girl (Riam). It was a box office hit movie in Thailand. The floating market was named after the two characters in the love story. The highlight of the new attraction is the early morning parade of monks who travel by boats to collect alms from village communities on the canal banks. Local residents donated antique boats for this purpose. At 0730 with monks chanting a blessing. People line both sides of Saen Saeb Canal, in a posture of prayer waiting to offer alms to the monks. There are actually two temples in the village. Wat Bampen Nua is on the northern side and Wat Bangpeng Tai to the south. Once the chanting finishes, the monks board two boats and they are then rowed along the canal to collect alms from people as they go. Once they reach the far end of the village they will switch to the other side of the canal bank. It usually takes about 45 minutes from the time they start chanting until they have finished collecting alms. The focus of this attraction is culture combined with Buddhism. It is described as a “wisdom bridge” connecting the temples with a series of stair that are each different in height to illustrate to people the need to use wisdom as they walk through life. The community’s way of life is also presented through a miniature doll museum at the Wat Bangpeng Tai’s side of the canal. Although called as a museum, the place is just a single room among booths selling food stuff. At the museum, visitors can also witness a revived tradition known as Nang Klang Plaeng or the open air cinema where old movies are shown in a temple fair environment. Next to the museum, there is a photo shop using an old technique that produces replica photos that look like they were dated back to the early Rattanakosin period, (mid-1800s). There are canal boat trips that start at the market. They use two young students as tour guides who narrate the history and importance of Saen Saeb canal and places along the canal to visitors. Although there are not many attractions along the canal, visitors will be able to touch community canal life up close which has not changed much except for the intrusion of factories.