Chao Phraya River, Bangkok

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    Chao Praha

    by solopes Updated Dec 24, 2013

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    A short and quick trip on a boat along the canal, and we arrived at the market. We left the boat and enjoyed the show. Is it always like that?

    Is it revivalism for tourist amusement? No. It looks natural, and locals sell and buy indifferent to the curiosity of western people - but taking advantege of them, of course.

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    Assorted River Boats in Chao Phraya River

    by machomikemd Written Oct 31, 2013
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    Being the lifeblood of Bangkok and Thailand, The Chao Phraya River has a variety of Boats plying this mighty River that Straddles Bangkok and the Nearby Provinces. there are the Chao Phraya Commuter Boats that transports you from one side to the other side of the river and to other bangkok klongs, the long tail boats, used mainly by tourists to tour and locals to haul supplies, the bigger wooden boats, again used by tourists for assorted chao phraya river tours with wat arun and grand palace tours in combination, and the larger River Cruise Boats, which are used for Lunch and Dinner Buffet Cruise along the Chao phraya River or to go on Day Tours to Ayuthaya and Beyond.

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    Tourist boat

    by bonio Written Apr 13, 2013

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    Just 150 Bht for an all day ticket to ride the boat along the busy Chao Phraya river. Stops at all the major tourist spots along the way. Good commentary provided too in English and Thai - boats run pretty regularly.
    Enjoyed our time here.
    See website for full details

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    Grand Pearl Cruises - Chao Praya River

    by Cathy&Gary Written Dec 21, 2012

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    We had booked a day tour to Ayutthaya from Bangkok with We Tour Thailand which also included the Summer Palace, a cruise and lunch with Grand Pearl cruising along the Chao Praya River. The total cost was 1800baht.

    After a bit of a rushed visit to Ayutthaya we went to Wat Chong Lom to board the Grand Pearl. The boat is lovely with plenty of room on 3 different levels & very clean toilets!

    Lunch was not too bad with a lot of choices which included Thai and Western plus desserts. We really enjoyed the cruise and the fantastic scenery along the River of Kings passing through Pathumthani and Nonthaburi provinces.

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    Chao Praya River

    by Cathy&Gary Written May 5, 2012
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    This page is really just a place to add my photos of the Chao Praya River which flows through Bangkok and is a major transport network for hundreds of water taxis and ferries. This River of Kings flows 370 kilometres from north to south, starting in the Central Plains, through Bangkok and finally into the Gulf of Thailand.

    Many bridges cross this river and the beautiful Rama V111 Bridge which opened in 2002 is the one we climbed the stairs from the bottom and walked along the bridge. It is a cable stayed bridge with a single pylon, the longest span is 300metres and the bridge is 2.45 kilometres long. The views from the bridge are fantastic.

    I will be adding to this page soon as we will be back for a better look around the riverfront.

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    MUST do in Bangkok

    by morochaargentina Written Apr 21, 2012

    We take the Chao Phraya boat at least once every time we come to Bangkok. You can use it as a transportation to go to all the WATs/Temples, but just ride it "just because" is fun as well (and it's so cheap!)... You'll see amazing views that you can not see from anywhere else. Don't miss this!!!

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    Chao Praya River Boat Ride

    by elhombre30 Updated Oct 11, 2011

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    Yes, "Tuktuk" is very famous transportation in Bangkok for its easy fast and less costly compared to taking cabs. However, I would recommend you to experience Ferry/Boat ride along Chao Praya River. This is one of a kind experience riding in their Thai style boat. You can see more of Bangkok since you cruise the long river. You can even see the Wat Arun temple at far sight but creates a beautiful scenery from the ferry. You'll experience the "day to day" life of thai since they used this as a major transportation in Bangkok.

    The ferry ticket cost 25 Baht per person however you have to wait till the boat completes its seat. It does not have a fix departure schedule and it will solely depends on the passengers taking this transpo.

    For visitors, they have another boat which is intended for tourist only. It's more expensive of course but you don't have to wait for other passengers since you rent the entire trip. We paid 200 per person and we share with 2 other foreigners at that time we had our cruise.

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  • Chao Praya Houses

    by volopolo Updated Sep 21, 2011

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    Chao Praya Houses

    Its shure that if you travel in Bangkok you will use a Chao Praya river boat, because it is very cheap and you are very fast in many monuments like: Wat Pho (The Temple of the Reclining Buddha), Wat Phra Khaew (The Temple of the Emerald Buddha), Wat Arun (The Temple of the Dawn) etc. In the way you can see the houses of Chao Praya river, there are made of wood in the same style.


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    Name: Chao Praya Houses
    Attraction Type: Houses, Wood
    City: Bangkok
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    Second photo: Homes along the Chao Praya river
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    Forth photo: Homes along the Chao Praya river
    Fifth photo: Homes along the Chao Praya river

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    Self-tour the Chao Phraya

    by HasTowelWillTravel Written Aug 26, 2011

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    The Chao Phraya river cuts right through Bangkok, and it is a central element of the transportation system. A fleet of swift taxis ply the river up and down all day long, cutting off around nightfall. But it is a terrific way to get close to the downtown area (and all the shopping and culture that it holds), as well as move up to the sights of the King's Palace and Wats Pho and Arun.

    The river taxi system is most used by Thai residents on their daily commutes. To accommodate as many people as possible, the ticket takers try to pack you in, and during the rush hours it can be overflowing with people. But, it is a slice of real life of Bangkok, away from taxis and air conditioned rides, you are traveling amongst kids going to school, business men on their way to the office, families to the market. With a few foreign backpackers tossed in for variety.

    Beyond a means of transportation, a trip up or down the river is a travel experience of itself, a highlight reel of the sights from the banks of the Chao Phraya. If you can grab a seat, relax and let the smell of the river and the skyline of the city wash over you. And for about 7-20 bhat, you can't find much better of a deal in the city.

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    Boat Trips

    by WaRPer Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There're wide-variety of boat trips available along Chao Phraya River. Take the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin (terminal station) then go down to the ferry station where you'll find several boat companies offering you day-trips to: Orchid Farm, Floating Market, ..... Or just simply ride along the river, enjoying the temples and villagers' way-of-life.

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    Relax in Chao Phraya River

    by Steven_Cai Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Boat in Chao Phraya River

    Take boat in Chao Phraya River is a very fascinating and relax thing.
    Also, you can go to below location avoid traffic jam and cheap than bus&subway.
    China Town, River City, Wat Pichiyat, Pak Klong Flower Market, Santa Curz Church, Grand Palace

    Fee: Local line, 11 baht per time, If use tourist passport, 100 baht per day.

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    Take a cruise on Chao Phraya river

    by BurgerQueen Updated Nov 11, 2010
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    A cruise on the Chao Praya river is essential for a complete knowledge of the city (or for a quick tour), allowing you to get an overview on the contradictions of this beautiful capital.
    There is a large variety of boats you can chose from, starting from small rowing boats up to cruise liners: take your choice!
    My suggestiion is to be brave and to experience small boats since their size allows them to access small canals and to move from the big and luxurious hotels bordering the river to the poor houses and the floating markets held in the more hidden locations of the city on the small canals.
    Small boats stop on different locations (ex house of snakes) and wait for you to come back. Since we were in a hurry, we only stopped at the Wat Arun temple.
    PS: Be careful! The river is highly polluted!

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  • Watching the boats in Chao Praya

    by volopolo Updated Aug 15, 2010

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    Watching the boats in Chao Praya


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    Name: Chao Praya
    Attraction Type: Watching boats, River
    City: Bangkok


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    First Photo: Chinese style boat in Chao Praya river
    Second photo: Chinese style boat in Chao Praya river
    Third photo: Boat in Chao Praya
    Forth photo: Tanker in Chao Praya river
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    Quick synopsis of the city

    by Durfun Written Jul 26, 2010

    You have to experience travelling by the commuter river boat! Very practical, nice breezes, and quick way to check out the various Wats (temples).

    Then, inland, head for the Sleeping Buddha temple, also the Emerald Buddha in the Royal Palace temple.

    Also, experience the ultra modern Skytrain (BTS), as well as the cool air-conditioned Metro. For contrast, next try the local trains from Huampalong main train station. Enroute you'll see small river-boats of a different kind to navigate goods/cargo around! Quite quirky :-)

    Head for Lumpini night market to see some Thai boxing.

    For fantastic views whilst sipping some cocktails/beer, head for the Moon Bar and Vertigo @ Banyan Tree

    To hit a beach, head for the not-to-far Pattaya :-)

    For a good value hotel, check out The Mandarin at Rama IV/Silom Rd.

    Enjoy Thailand.

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    Free hotel ferries

    by margaretmcguffin Written Mar 11, 2010

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    Inside the Peninsula Hotel, Bangkok

    Most of the 5 star hotels have free ferries across the Chao Phraya River. For a cheap outing, or spend as much or as little as you want, jump on one of the ferries and take a short ride across the river. It is only short but you get to see a plethora of river life, from barges to cruise boats, floating restaurants and the usual small boats that ply the river. Then jump off at the chosen hotel, wander around the gardens and the public rooms looking at the decor and the art work. If you're like me, the decor and art work in your 3 star hotel is not quite up to this standard. If you're feeling wealthy, have a drink or morning or afternoon tea in one of the bars or restaurants. If not, carry your own snacks and have a wander. It was a most enjoyable afternoon and unfortunately we only had the chance to visit the Peninsula, whereas there are many other hotels we didn't get to see.

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