Bangkok used to be known as the Venice of the East due to its large network of canals. However, most of these have now been built over to make way for roads. One of the main canals still remaining in Bangkok is Khlong Saen Saeb which dates back to the 1830’s. It was built by King Rama III as a means of communication between Bangkok and the provinces to the East such as Chachoengsao. The canal is still used today by commuters and is a good way to escape the traffic jams. However, be careful you don’t get splashed by any of the foul smelling black water.