Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt commented on the safety and service of the long-tail boat ride in Khlong Saen Saep on his Facebook fan page after taking a ride at the beginning of this month. One thing he mentioned was a little improvement, that each pier now has a life ring. But after hours (the boats operate from 5.30am to 8.30pm), he said that the life rings must be gathered otherwise children would use them to swim in the canal.
He said it was distressing to know that children swam in that (black) water. As you know, Khlong Saen Saep is polluted and the rancid smell can hurt your nose. While you walk along the canal, you may also see dead fish or frogs floating along with plastic bags and other garbage.
I cannot recall the last time I rode a long-tail boat down Khlong Saen Saep, but what I remember well until today is my rough experience when drops of that stinky water sprayed my face and white shirt when the boat was heading toward a pier and I happened to stretch my neck to see where I was.