Chao Phraya River, Bangkok
During our 5 days stay in Thailand , we could never find any traffic jam or road block. The reason, they have built Flyovers all over the city and highways. They are wide, well maintained and heavily policed. We found even the old city of Bangkok is having wide roads and very well maintained foot paths. No one brakes traffic rules unlike India. Their roads will put to shame our Indian leaders, who travel to Europe/USA to study their roads and traffic system , to be replicated in India. They must be having holidays there on tax payer's money. Please see the pictures and judge for yourself.
Road-based transport is the primary mode of travel in Bangkok. Due to the city's organic development, its streets do not follow an organized grid structure. Forty-eight major roads link the different areas of the city, branching into smaller streets and lanes (soi) which serve local neighborhoods. Eleven bridges over the Chao Phraya link the two sides of the city, while the Ratchadaphisek inner ring road encircles the inner city. Several roads linking Bangkok with neighbouring and further provinces are designated as national highways, including the primary routes Phahonyothin (route 1), Sukhumvit (route 3), and Phetkasem (route 4). The outer ring road, Kanchanaphisek (motorway route 9), runs through Bangkok's suburbs, linking with Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Samut Prakan, while the Bangkok–Chonburi Motorway (route 7) runs to the eastern seaboard province, passing Suvarnabhumi Airport on the way.
Fondest memory: All the Flyovers are three tiered , having top speed of 80kms inside the city on third tier. All roads are very clean.
Favorite thing: I've travelled up and down it by public boat, hotel shuttle, party boat. I've stood on its banks. I've sat in restaurants gazing at the endless boats tearing up and down it. I've sat on my hotel balcony enjoying room service and staring into its murky depths. I love to see a busy river and I think a stretch of water makes any city a much more beautiful place.
I think you better explore this thru a river boat .
take the bts to saphan taskin
take the exit from saphan taskin
and then take the torusit boat from there - which is a hop on hop off boat running thru out the day.
you can get off at all these locations you have mentioned, as it serves various piers and i am very much sure that the ones you have mentioned are included in its stops.
definately china town and temples.
better take the bts to saphan taskin and from saphan taskin take the boat .
Fondest memory: BTS
Bangkok is a city with a lot of skyscrapers. You can from the highest building Baiyoke Tower (open 10.00 a.m.) take great photos to all Bangkok. Another excellent photos to Chao Praya river and Tonburi site you can take from the second highest building State Tower (open after 18.00 p.m.).
Skyscrapers in Bangkok
01. Baiyoke Tower II 304 m
02. State Tower 247 m
03. Empire Tower 1 227 m
04. Jewelry Trade Center 221 m
05. China Resources Tower 210 m
06. Sinn Sathorn Tower 195 m
Pictures in the web: Skyscrapers in Bangkok
First Photo: Baiyoke Sky Tower II
Second Photo: Skyscraper in Bangkok
Thirth Photo: Baiyoke Sky Tower II
Forth Photo: Skyscraper in Bangkok
Fifth Photo: Skyscraper in Bangkok
This stylish cafe beside the Chao Praya River has a brightly colored flower-filled deck overlooking the famous Bangkok River....
It's a perfect night time quiet dinner on the deck...
Fondest memory: I miss everything in Bangkok... it's culture, its sights and just the mere fact that you are in Thailand!
Favorite thing: When we we're cruising the Chao Phraya river, I was amazed about these 2 local selling foods along the river..They have their complete things for cooking and everything..I like these people..always looking a very good way how to have money in their own sweat over the heat of the sun!
Chao Phraya River plays a main role of Thai life. Some of their history can be traced with this sprawling river banks. Old Temples, palaces and the communities living along the river. There are lots of boats operator that will ask you to tour you around the river but my recommendation goes to Chao Phraya Tourist Boat.
Fondest memory: Catching the Sunset along the river is such a lovely thing to do and while doing this a cuppa would be refreshing!
Favorite thing: As you ride up the river and the canals you can see many of the Beautifully Decorated Buddhist Temples! When you first see them you may be very excited but after a 30 or 40 of them you may become Templed Out!!
Favorite thing: We were going by pretty fast on our own longtail boat but could see fish jumping out of the water. We noticed that people on that boat were throwing in some food to feed the fish. Too bad this isn't a great pic. It was almost 6pm and it was too far for flash to help brighten it up.
There are so many beautiful parks scattered around Bangkok. Some are quite large that would take all morning to walk through and others are just small places with a few flower gardens and some shade trees. They are all a great place to escape the sun for a few moments.
Fondest memory: This park is on Thonburi on the west side of the Chao Phraya River.
Favorite thing: The River of Kings separates Bangkok from Thonburi. The river is in many places not really a river at all, especially around Bangkok. It was built as a canal to shorten the distance from Ayutthaya to the sea, by cutting across many bends in the river. The canal has now become the main channel of the Chao Phrya. The picture show a view up the river from the Taksin Pier.
Favorite thing: 19th century Bangkok was laced with canals, giving the capital the designation 'Venice of the East'. Surviving canals, and the Chao Phraya River (River of Kings) provide memorable traditional waterborne way-of-life that has remained essentially unchanged over the centuries. A pleasant way to explore the city.
We were tired and hungry and hot and just wanted to go back home! All day we had been walking in the heat and waiting for one of our friends negotiating for a buddha statue in Chatuchak (why I hate travelling with a big group). We had walked to temples that were not in our original agenda and we had missed lunch! That's what p*ssed me off the most, I think. No one should go hungry in Bangkok! There's food everywhere!
But of course it's my fault that when finally the others gave in to their hunger and they opted for food from a sidewalk vendor, I walked ahead to the pier to sulk (Hey! It's my trip, too.).
While waiting for our longtail boat I sat there fuming for a few mins. but how can you be angry for long when you have a flowing river in front of you?
Nah...I just picked up my camera and started shooting. I'll make up for lunch with dinner :-)
Chao Phraya Tourist Boat with One Day River Pass you have unlimited trips from 9:00-15:00 with special boat service to travel along the Chao Phraya River operated by the Chao Phraya Express Boat Co.,Ltd., who provide a high quality of service.
The boat route is connected to BTS Skytrain at Saphan Taksin station from Sathorn pier and prceed up the river to Banglamphoo pier. The boat stop at 10 major piers which provide convenient access to sites in surrounding area such as China Town, Wat Pho, Grand Palast, Royal Barge Museum etc. The service is available daily with departures every 30 minutes from Sathorn pier from 9:00 to 15:00 and will return at 16:30 to Sathorn pier.
For THB 75.- River Pass which a Chao Phraya river guide book, free drinking water on Board, hostess and board guide are also included .
Fondest memory: The Boat will stop at 7 public piers and 3 private piers the surrounding trip will take approximately 90 minutes.
Sathorn Pier 9:00
Oriental Pier 9:05
Si Phraya Pier 9:10
Ratchawongse Pier 9:15
The King's Mother Memorial Park Pier 9:20 **
Tha Tien Pier 9:25
Maharaj Pier 9:30 **
Wang Lang(Sirirat) Pier 9:35
The Royal Barge Museum Pier 9:40 **
Banglamphoo Pier 9:45
Sathorn Pier 10:30
This is a famous boat shed and museum where the Royal Barges are 'parked'.
There is a magnificent celebration Royal Barge Procession that takes place on the River of Kings. The barges date back to Ayutthaya period. Each October, the King would tarvel in his fleet of royal barges to present robes to the monks to mark the end of the 3 month Buddhist Rains Retreat. The first one in half century was held in 1968, then 1982 to mark the bicentennial of the establishment of Bangkok as the capital city.