The upper half of the river Menam is occupied by what are called the Laú, or Laos.
They spread thence, in fanlike fashion, from Laos to Assam, and the middle section ultimately descended the Menam to the sea.
The Menam River is the chief trade-route, and Bangkok, at its mouth, is the focal point of trade.
The first of these, 35 metres wide, is called the Menam Chie, lat.
This domestic traffic is carried on, on the Menam, in flat-boats, and on bamboo-rafts.
He returned to the coast by crossing the water-parting between it and the basin of the Menam river, and descending to Bangkok.
Ayuthia, the ancient capital of Siam, on the Menam, now a scene of splendid ruin.
Bangkok has all its business district afloat on the Menam River—shops, lumber yards, eating-houses and merchants' dwellings.
France had ships of war at the mouth of the Menam, and sent some of the smaller craft up the river.
Unfortunately, a shallow bar at the mouth of the Menam River prevents the passage of large vessels.