An Interview With Charlie Lee

A “river rap”  from Charlie Lee—the self-titled “river rat” of the Chao Phraya—who, along with his business partner, Captain Kao, operates the BuaKao boat, offering historical and adventurous river explorations, khlong cruises, and even venturing as far south as the Gulf of Thailand. Here, he details a day in the life of a boat Captain and the vast changes he has witnessed during more than 20 years on the river.

In conversation with David J. Constable

How long have you lived in Bangkok?

Twenty plus years now.

What drew you to the river?

I was seeking something different from the city, to expanded my adventures outside of Soi Cowboy. There’s a different kinetic sculpture along the water. I like the fresh air, well, fresh for Bangkok and much better than breathing in all of the fumes and dirt on those traffic-choked highways. And romance, too.

What’s an average day for you on the water?

I’ll head to the boat about 11amit’s called BuaKao which…

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