Chao Phraya River, Bangkok

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    Cheap way to get around.

    by aussiejen Updated Aug 3, 2007

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    This is a busy river! There are boats going up & down it all day long. It's a very cheap way to travel around Bangkok.
    After being typical tourists and checking out the huge Reclining Buddha it was time to hit the shops, but we really had no idea where to go. We made our way back to the river, jumped on one of the boats that arrived just as we got there. Very crowded, no seats left, didn't matter. Managed to make it known that we wanted to get to the sky train. Didn't take too long, just as well because we had an unexpected torrential tropical downpour!! We were under cover...sort of. Can't remember what it cost but it was minimal.

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    Check Out the Catfish

    by Aidy_p Written May 16, 2007

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    We took a longboat ride on the Chao Phraya river. Along the way, the host actually stopped the boat and very quickly, the river's giant catfish started to gather at the side of the boat. "Wow, Very tame" I said to myself.

    I guess it's the daily feeding that the tourists from the various longboats dish out. We were encourage to buy the end crust of bread which we then scatter into the river.

    The catfish would then scale over each other to grab hold of scraps of bread.

    Catfishes Swimming Beside a Longtail Boat

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    Cruise the Chao Phraya

    by gypsysoul73 Written Apr 20, 2007

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    Taking a cruise up Chao Phraya river offers you a unique view of Bangkok. Check out the rundown houses on stilts juxtaposed with palaces and temples with stuppas made of pure gold. There are many cruises to choose from, some that just do a leisurely sail along the banks of the metropolis, while others go all the way up to Ayutthaya.

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    by nudibranches Written Jan 17, 2007

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    After visiting the grand place, take few minutes walk to the boat jetty and take a boat to round the river. When reach the entrance/main road of the jetty(there have few jetty entrance). alot ppl will asking you any interesting to round the river. Make sure you check the price b4 you join the tour(they offering different rate). Normal price they offer for a hour boat ride is 900 baht (but You can negotiate the price till 200-300 baht). You can buy a bread cost 50 baht for a fish feeding. (you can negotiate more). Boat ride journey is from jetty to Wat Arun, a small floating market (u can only find 3 to 4 boat only) then following to reach a place which u can do fish feeding.

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    Feed the Fishes

    by faridah Updated Jan 16, 2007

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    You can buy the bread for 20 baht to feed the fishes.

    We were here supposedly to see the floating market but there were only a few in sight.The water was choppy when the big longboats pass with all the tourists and these poor guys was trying to get to the longboats to sell souveniors. I managed to buy some stuffs as I pitied the guy, he was hanging on to his small boat by holding on to our boat and trying not to fall in the water. Not a good place for a floating market.And I felt like I didnt really see the real floating market, like the one we saw on tv.

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    A must

    by hojasdehierba Written Oct 31, 2006

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    If we consider Bangkok as a show, in my opinion, the main star would be Chao Phraya river. You can spend hours just looking this lively, fresh, ever-changing stage. Cargo ships and bus-boats mix with luxury cruisers. At banksides you can admire some of the most luxurious hotels in Thailand, the most beautiful wats and all kind of scenes of everyday life, for example, people hanging their laundry. There are also smaller wats along the river (apart form Wat Arun, Wat Phra Kaew or Wat Po), which are accesible from piers stranded along the bankside. Travelling along the river is both cheap (18 baths each way) and fast (you avoid Bangkok traffic jams, which are sometimes terrible). There are also little boats which only cross the river
    Si considerasemos que Bangkok es un espectaculo, en mi opinion, el rio Chao Phraya deberia ser la estrella. Puedes pasarte horas solo mirando este escenario siempre cambiante, vivo y fresco. Cargueros y barcos autobus se mezclan con cruceros de lujo. En las orillas puedes admirar algunos de los hoteles mas lujosos de Thailandia, los templos mas hermosos y todo tipo de escenas de la vida diaria, por ejemplo, residentes colgado su colada. TamBien hay templos mas pequenhos a lo largo del rio (aparte del Wat Arun, Wat Phra Kaew o el Wat Po), que son accesibles desde los muelles diseminados a lo largo de la orilla. Viajar por el rio es barato (18 baths cada trayecto) y rapido (te evitas los atascos de Bangkok, que son terribles a veces). Tambien hay pequenhos barquitos que solo cruzan el rio de una a otra orilla

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    The Bank of Chao Phraya River

    by Wann Updated Oct 24, 2006

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    The Chao Phraya River is the major river of Thailand, pass through 9 provinces from Nakhon Sawan, the province in lower part of northern region, to central region, pass through Bangkok, and end at gulf of Thailand, approximately distance 360 km.

    I always like to travel by boat, its always enjoyable thing to do. I like to see life along the riverside, its so real Thai life. The long river pass through many provinces, has played a major role in the lifestyles, culture and traditions of the people along it. You can feel it by yourself, just making a trip along the Chao Phraya River or even along canals. In day time, a trip can be made with small long-tail boat to visit canals where you can see typical and life-style of the people with water way along the canals. The old way of living in the past, people depended mostly upon river and canals transportation. Nowadays, the most transportation people use is by roads, but canals are still used. Beside those, you will see typical old houses, temples, and the way people buy and sell things. In the evening you can make a special dinner on the river cruise and enjoy the view of Bangkok at night.

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    The River of Kings (3 photos)

    by nicolaitan Updated Jun 28, 2006

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    Until the middle of the 20th Century, Thailand was known as Siam which translates as "people of the river". The Chao Phya may be the single most important factor in the development of Thai culture. Formed from 4 tributaries arising in the mountains, it has been the site of every major development in the history of the country. The 4 capitals - Sukkothai, Ayutthaya, Thonburi, and Bangkok have all been on its banks progressing steadily southward over time. External influences have come north up the river to the major capitals.
    The Chao Phya is "The River of Kings". Being a tourist in Bangkok requires intimate contact with the river - to visit the Khlongs, the temples, and the upriver tourist attractions.

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    Activity Everywhere on Chayo Praya River

    by Mikebb Updated Mar 21, 2006

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    We travelled along this river several times during our visit, the first time on a Rice Barge tour which was very pleasant as we had Thai food and drinks as we cruised along the river for an hour or so. The second time we took a longboat and this stopped several times to allow us to visit various sites. This boat had a powerful engine and was very fast, a bit of excitement. The river has constant traffic, be it barges hauling rice and other products to and from the ocean port, ferries, longboats etc etc. From the river you get a great impression of the city, the fabulous riverside hotels and apartments, and the developing high rise buildings, however you will see that there are several large apartment buildings completed around 2000 which have not yet been occupied.

    Activity on the river Huge barges carrying rice along Chayo Praya River A river view from Shangri - La Hotel Tug towing cargo barges, 1 km per hour Highrise along the Chayo Praya
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    El rio - The river

    by elpariente Updated Feb 9, 2006

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    El rio Chao Prahya se puede decir que es la columna vertebral de BKK.
    Para ir al Palacio Real recomendamos tomar un ferry-autobus en la zona de los hoteles y llegar en el hasta la zona del Palacio , rodeado por la gente de BKK que lo utiliza para ir a su trabajo y desplazarse en esta zona de la ciudad

    You may say that Chao Prahya is the BKK backbone
    To go to the Royal palace we recomend to take a ferry-bus in the hotels area and to go on it up to the Palace area , surrounded by the BKK people that moves on it to go to work and to reach area of the city

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    Chao Phraya River

    by Blatherwick Updated Jan 8, 2006

    The Chao Phraya River is Thailand's major river of note. It passes 360 km from Nakhon Sawan, through 9 provinces, and on to the Gulf of Thailand. Trips can be taken on long-tail boats to visit the canals. River cruises also ply the river. The best thing about the river is that it is a major transportation route free of traffic and not as polluted as the smoggy streets of Bangkok

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    Explore the river

    by Pomska Updated Jan 8, 2006

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    The first impression of the river was that it's dirty and smells awful. Unfortunately that impression didn't change at any point of my travel on and along the river. You can only imagine what kind of stuff there is to be found on the river...things that people have thrown away...

    The good thing about this river is that it makes a great way to get around Bangkok because many of the major tourist sites are accessible from the river. For example I visited by boat the Golden Palace and Wat Pho. You should also try the river sightseeing by night when many intresting buildings have been lit up at night.

    I used Chao Praya River Express boats when exploring the river. The Express boats operates regularly up and down the river. You can just hop on to the boat and get just about anywhere for 10 baht or less.

    If you are not staying on the riverside hotels you can take the skytrain to the Taksin station. Right below the station you can find the River Express pier. The boats might be very crowded during peak times, so you just try to avoid rush hours.

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    Chao Phraya

    by Nemoa Written Dec 10, 2005

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    The river is not only one of the main arteries of the city but also your best ally when visiting the temples and seeing the sights. It will allow you to get to the different districts and neighbourghoods for a few baths only and quick,quick and fast !

    A very good way to see the city and get a good view of the kind of landscape you are dealing with is just to go for a little cruise on the river. It does not have to be one of the rented boats. The ferry can doo the trick just as well and you get to mix with locals and not so locals :-)

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    The Phraya River

    by Pete.Gibson Written Oct 20, 2005

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    River of the Kings, this was once the life blood of the city, along with its Khlongs ( canals) buzzed with life, its still busy today as most of Bangkok’s main attractions lie along the banks of the Phraya , so it’s a great way to get around

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    Sunset at Chao Phraya

    by muddybok Updated Jun 14, 2005

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    Believe me, watching sunset at another great river (Chao Phraya) of Asia is really something wonderful for me.

    I can spend whole evening waiting for sunset & clicking away hoping to get a perfect shot. Well, this is just one of those great shots.

    Like the great River of Mekong, Chao Phraya River is almost a life line to Thais in the olden days, and till now it still plays an important roles although other mode of transportations and exchanges had been evolved much along River of Chao Phraya.

    Sunset@Chao Phraya
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