Chao Phraya River, Bangkok

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    River Trip

    by Robmj Updated Sep 18, 2009

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    On the River, Bangkok

    The Mae Nam Chao Phraya means the river of Kings and allows you a great insight into the busy life of many in Bangkok. Upmarket hotels, temples, warehouses and local line the banks, the river is a hive of activity.

    The best place to start is from Tha Sathon, accessible via the sky train Saphan Taksin station. Head up river and stop at the many access points - Chinatown, Wat Arun, the Grand Palace to name a few. You will eventually come across an elegant suspension bridge, Saphan Phra Ram VIII and then the concrete jungle transforms into greenery and temples. Last stop is Nonthaburi.

    This is a great way to get a different perspective of Bangkok.

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    TAKE A LOCAL FERRY RIDE ON THE RIVER

    by DennyP Written Aug 19, 2009

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    SOME OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY ON THE RIVER
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    Take a ferry ride and join the locals for this experience..I took the sky train to the Ferry Terminal located at CENTRAL PIER .. and got off at (S6) station Saphan Taksin. at the Taksin Bridge...book a ticket for the next ferry as they leave regularly..I was told that this trip was called "Orange Phat" I got the ferry right to the end of its trip up the river and returned..This is the best way to see all the WATS and Temples that are along the river shoreline..go up the river on one side of the ferry and come back on the other..be aware these little ferries make many stops and are busy..fares are really cheap..

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    River transport

    by aberacadabra Updated May 2, 2009

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    River crossing at Tha Chang (ferry)
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    First time visitors ought to see the bustling lifestyle along river and canals of Bangkok. In addition to longtail boats, it's possible to hop on the government sponsored tourist boats at certain stops, which are quite cheap. They start at Saphan Thaksin BTS station and end at the Royal Barges stop. Highly recommended.

    Also, there are numerous cross river ferries that costs only 3 baht one way.

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    Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

    by georeiser Updated Apr 15, 2009

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    Chao Phraya River in Bangkok
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    Chao Phraya River is the largest river in Bangkok. It runs right through the city, and have a hectic traffic with boats and many bridges. A river taxi is cheap and faster than the taxi during rush hour.

    Many hotels and sites are found along the Chao Phraya river. Note that the hotel prices are higher here compared with other areas in Bangkok.

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    Chao Phraya River

    by limledi Updated Jan 15, 2009

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    Chao Phraya River plays many roles in Thai life, in fact it is regarded as the principal artery of the nation. Much of Thai history can be traced along the banks of the river. Old temples, palaces and communities can be found along Chao Phraya River.

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    TRY WATERWAYS RIDES

    by ancient_traveler Updated Jun 21, 2008

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    Many of Bangkok's most revered temples standing alongside warehouses, old wooden houses, new residential blocks and prestigious five star hotels. Bangkok's waterways are well worth taking a few hours to explore. And there are many ways to do it, ranging from river cruises and khlong tours to public river taxis and dinner cruises.

    Most of the canals (klongs) cutting through the city were either drained and filled because of the risk of cholera they posed, or converted into badly needed roads. Only in Thonburi do one or two vendors still set up shop on the klongs in the early mornings. Even so, a boat trip along the waterways remains an absorbing experience, best embarked upon from the landing-stage near the Oriental Hotel. Here, especially in the morning, a multitude of craft wait to ferry sightseers across the Chao Phraya River and through the tangled web of little and not so little canals. The time to go if at all possible is in the morning or the late afternoon when life along the klongs is at its most colorful and varied.

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    Just walk

    by masmassy Written May 8, 2008

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    Bangkok does not have a walking path along the river, so it is not easy to follow its course in Rattanakosin (the central Bangkok), but walking around the streets you might find small passages that leads you to the river and the view is amazing. The city is secure and safe, you have nothing to fear in Bangkok and everyone will be smiling at you continuously and joyfully.

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    Chao Phraya River

    by roamer61 Written May 6, 2008

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    The Chao Phraya River is the lifeline of Bangkok. It is the main waterway of the city. In the north, it eventually merges with the Mekong. In Bangkok, its shores are lined with stilt houses, some inhabited for generations. In other areas, its banks are lined with hotels and condominiums. Ferries, longboats and an assortment of other vessels ply the water serving natives and visitors alike.

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    Boat Trip on River

    by csyeo Written Aug 5, 2007

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    Houses by the river

    Cruising down the Chao Phaya River is not really a MUST do activity (just in my opinion). We paid 1200 Baht for the 1 hour boat trip (3 persons). Maybe next round should try cruising down to a small island also in Chao Phaya River famous of its pottery industry.

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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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    Chao Phraya River Cuise

    by machomikemd Written Jul 16, 2007

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    Nice Panoramic View
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    The Chao Phraya is a major river in Thailand, 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. However in Chainat the river splits into the main river course and the Tha Chin river, which then flows parallel to the main river and exits to Gulf of Thailand the about 35 km west of Bangkok in Samut Sakhon. In the low alluvial plain which begins below the Chainat dam many small canals (khlong) split off from the main river, used for the irrigation of the rice paddies.

    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 or in the evening with dinner served on the river cruise. The most famous area to start is from Royal Orchid Sheraton - Oriental - Shangri-La hotels. Off course the river cruise can be made from hotels on the oppositeside such as the Penninsular, the Marriot and some others.

    During the day, a trip can be made with small long-tail boat, taxi boat (slower), and with group tour. Mostly, they take tourists into Bangkok Noi and other canals where you can see typical and
    a completely different life-style along the canals. These scenes are the old way of living in the past that people depended mostly upon river and canals transportation. Now, the front access is the modern roads, but canals are still used a lot. Typical old houses, temples, shops, and the way people buy and sell things can still be seen, especially when you visit the "Floating Market", such as Bangsai Floating Market, and Taling Chan.

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    Check Out the Catfish

    by Aidy_p Written May 16, 2007

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    Catfishes Swimming Beside a Longtail Boat

    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.

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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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    Chao Phraya River Cruise

    by Cielo_Algaeed Updated Mar 9, 2007

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    Chao Phraya River Cruise offers a scenic beauty of the River.While cruising, you can find lots of local houses along the river banks. Fresh clean air while viewing the sunset and the temple of dawn.

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    Cruising on river

    by nomadig Written Feb 25, 2007

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    On river cruise

    Bangkok is split by a quite massive river that offers a different view to the vibrant capital city. Hiring an own boat is an excellent way of seeing things that you might not see on foot.

    Go to Tha Sathon pier nearby Saphan Taksin Skytrain station, and hire a private boat from the counter. Remember to haggle the price down, leave at least once.

    The boat will take you to several stupas, the Grand Palace and other places of interest. The boat driver probably doesn't speak English at all, so have a guidebook and river map with you to understand what you are seeing.

    The trip probably takes you to the Khlong Bangkok Noi canal, where you can see some acrobatic selling from miniscule canoes surrounding the motor boats.

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