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
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: 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.
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.
Across on the other side of the river, is the Chang Pier' with on eof the most original temples left from the Rattanakosin Period.
The rarely visited Wat Rakang Kositharam is noted for its three-tier roof and decorated roof supports of unusual size and elegance, retouched interior frescoes, and beautiful three-sectioned library restored several years ago by the Association of Siamese Architects.
King Rama I lived there before he was installed on the throne
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