More pictures of chao Praya River Cruise as i have traveleed here on different tour companies.
(why does VT only allow 5 picture for tips, we should ask for more allotments for pictures!) Most chao phraya river tours are located in bangkok or in ayutthaya).The trip along Chao Phraya River is a very exciting and enjoyable thing to do for visitors either in the day time with a lunch buffett or in the evening with dinner served on the river cruise. Prices of Chao Phraya day Tours to Ayuthaya is 1,600 Baht and Night River dinner cruise at 1,400 baht.
Tourists can book such a tour through travel agents or rent a boat at Tha Chang (Tel: 225-6179, 623-6169), a pier near the Grand Palace, or Tha Si Phraya (Tel: 235-3108) near the River City Shopping Complex
Most of the Ayuthaya Day tours from bangkok that combine a bus and boat cruise along the Chao Phraya River start their Chao Phraya River Cruise from this boat docking station beside a buddhist temple or wat at the MEKHALA docks at Wat Kai Tia, a Thai temple set in a tranquil rural village in the banks of the Chao Phraya River at Pathumthani Province as the first or last stop of the tour is at the Bang Pa In Summer Palace, which is located just a 10 minute drive north of the temple. They also offer an overnight stay at the temple if you booked a 2 day ayuthaya tour with cruise.
the boat docking station is at Mekhala Docks in Pathumthani Province, a 2 1/2 cruise along the chao phraya river from bangkok and from here you will eat your buffet lunch at the boat.
On a revisit to Bang Pa In Summer Palace in 2012, I was with my friends and I urged them that we rent a golf cart to tour around the huge Bang Pa In Palace Complex for the experience as I did not get one on the last time I visited the Palace in 2007. Golf Carts are found at the entrance of the Palace and you can rent them for 400 baht for 2 hours around the4 complex. you can pay at the ticket counter for the use of these golf carts and they are fun to ride around the sprawling complex.
The Summer Palace at Bang Pa In has vast gardens and landscaping, and among them are the following: Wehart Chamrunt (Heavenly Light), a Chinese-style royal palace and throne room; the Warophat Phiman (Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode), a royal residence; Ho Withun Thasana (Sages' Lookout), a brightly-painted lookout tower; and the Aisawan Thiphya-Art (Divine Seat of Personal Freedom), a pavilion constructed in the middle of a pond.
There is a 100 Baht entrance fee for Bang Pa-In Palace for tourists and is free to thai residents and it opens daily between 08:30 and 12:00 and 13:00 and 16:00. You can hire a golf cart for 400 baht to tour around this huge complex.
Address: Ban Len, Bang Pa-in, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Directions: By Car : Travel by Phahon Yothin Road to the northand just follow the sign to Bang Pa-In.
By Bus : Bus No.17 (Bangkok-Bangsai-Bang Pa-In-Ayutthaya) leave from the Northern Bus Terminal
(Morchit 2) every 30 minutes from 06.00 to 18.00 hrs.
You can book a whole day ayuthaya and bang pa in palace tour either by bus round trip, bus and chao phraya river cruise combination or small private tour van. the most popular is the big tour bus and river cruise combination.
For the really popular tours, the tour companies usually uses the big tour buses and the big tour buses in thailand are really big! most are of the double decker capacity! these big tour buses means the cheapest tour fares for a particular tour as the buses can accomodate up to 60 people unlike the small tour vans where it can only have up to 18 people hence the cheaper price. the only disadvantage of the big tour buses is that the tour guides are really strict with schedules as they havea large group on their hands hence there is not much leeway on the time for activities like shopping or taking pictures and videos of the areas you are going.
Ayuthaya Tuk Tuks have a different design from their bangkok cousins as you would see from the pictures here.
tuk-tuks are generally fitted with a water-cooled two-stroke engine. They have handlebar controls instead of a steering wheel, making them a tricycle. The tuk-tuk is named after the sound its two-stroke engine makes when it is idling. It may have been derived from a similar Japanese automobile Daihatsu Midget in the 1950s. are popular amongst tourists for their novelty value. Without any luggage, 3 people can fit into one fairly comfortably - it's possible to fit more in but it gets a bit cramped. Fares always have to be bargained for, and it is sometimes possible to bargain tuk-tuk drivers down to less than the taxi flagfall of 35 Baht when they make good value. Most times, they offer no savings over a taxi, except perhaps if you're good at bargaining and can speak good Thai. The initial price they quote is likely to be well over the going rate, but it's easy to bargain it down to a more reasonable one if you know roughly the equivalent taxi fare.
Ayuthaya you can do by tour as well as by yourself. By yourself in my opinion it´s better to go there by bus then by train. Frequent departures from the northern bus terminal (Morchit 2, from Khao San/Bang Lampu area take bus nr. 3), the last stop is about 1 block from the historic area, depending on traffic 1-2 hours, 100 baht.
As mentioned by other VTers, getting to/from Ayutthaya can be done either by train, bus or minivan. I wanted to try the train but when I was in Bangkok (Oct. 2010), recent rains flooded some of the train's route so the service was suspended. So I took the minivans that wait at the Victory Monument, paid 60 baht, wait till it filled up (max of 15 passengers) and got to Ayutthaya in an hour. It stopped at the market area where one could hire tuktuks to tour around the ruins.
For the return trip just head back to the exact place where you arrived and the minivans will be waiting for you.
I have been to Ayutthaya last week. Train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya is from Hualampong Rail Station. You can choose 1st class to 3rd class train. I took 3rd class train. It costs 20 bath. Train will depart at 7am, 8.30am, 10.50am etc. The journey will take 2 hours.
From Ayutthaya station, you can choose by rental bike (40 Bath a day), motorcycle (150 bath a day) or rent tuktuk. Tuktuk drivers will greet you at the station. They will offer to take you around the ancient city. i heard it costs 200 bath per hour. But i m not really sure because that time i was cycling around the old city.
The train station is located across the river on the eastern side of town. The cheapest and most colourful way of reaching Ayutthaya is by train. All north and north-east line trains depart from Bangkok's Hualamphong Train Station and stop in Ayutthaya, a trip of about 1.5 hours - 2.5hrs depending on the type of train service. I took a train from here to Lopburi which only 45 minutes. Check the website below for timetables and fares:
In order to get across the river to Wat Phanan Choeng from the south-east of the island, there is a convenient ferry (small powered boat - see first photo). It costs 5B. Another ferry crosses the river from the pier near the Chao Phrom Market on the eastern side of the island to the road that goes up to the train station. This saves you walking across the bridge which is further along the river (see second photo).
The best way of getting around the island and beyond, is by hiring a bicycle. I hired one for an afternoon when I first arrived for 30B and then again for the whole of the next day for 50B from a place opposite Tony's Place in the heart of the traveller/backpacker area along Soi 1 near the Chao Phrom Market.
It's possible to get to Ayutthaya from Kanchanaburi by bus without having to go into Bangkok and back out again. Simply take a bus from Kanchanaburi to a town called Suphanburi, which takes about 2hrs and cost me 50B. Then from here take another bus to Ayutthaya which takes about an hour and cost me 60B. The bus brought me to the main bus stand along Th Naresuan, to the east of the island near where all the cheap backpacker hotels and guesthouses are, which was very useful.
BY TRAIN:....I took the train to Ayutthaya from Hua Lamphong ..Bangkok Central Railway Station...trains leave every 45 minutes or so..I chose to travel on the ordinary local train..board early to get a soft seat..journey is about an hour cost was about one AUS dollar..great trip with the locals..
BY CAR: Take Highway 1 (Phahonyothin Road) then take Highway 32 to Ayutthaya..
BY BUS: Busses leave the Bangkok bus terminal on Kamphaeng Phet Road every half an hour for Ayutthaya from 5-30 am till 7.20 pm
Tuk tuk in Ayutthaya is slightly different looking than the others ones around Thailand but it is nevertheless a tuk tuk. The rides here are much cheaper compared to the ones in the city. Remember to bargain the price before you get on it.
The Chao Phraya is on of the major river in Thailand (the other is the mighty mekong river), with its low alluvial river plain marking the mainland of the country in the Central Region. The Chao Phraya runs from north to south for 372 km from the central plains to Bangkok and the Gulf of Thailand. The cities along the river are Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Singburi, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Bangkok and Samut Prakan. (however, most chao phraya river tours are located in bangkok or in ayutthaya).The trip along Chao Phraya River is a very exciting and enjoyable thing to do for visitors either in the day time with a lunch buffett or in the evening with dinner served on the river cruise. Prices of Chao Phraya day Tours to Ayuthaya is 1,600 Baht and Night River dinner cruise at 1,400 baht.
Tourists can book such a tour through travel agents or rent a boat at Tha Chang (Tel: 225-6179, 623-6169), a pier near the Grand Palace, or Tha Si Phraya (Tel: 235-3108) near the River City Shopping Complex in bangkok.