Chao Phraya River, Bangkok

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    Chao Phraya River

    by and_juana Written Feb 7, 2005

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    Chao Phraya River

    The Chao Pharaya River plays many roles in Thai life and in fact it is regarded as the principle artery of the nation! Much of Thai history can be traced along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. As it flows, the river carries with it the history and culture of the country. You can take the boar ride/service which takes you to all the 9 piers providing access to Bangkok's most famous attractions. Like the Rattanakosin Island Historic Area which was settled during the Thonburi and Rattanakosin eras. Old temples, palaecs and communities along the river banks tells us the livelihood of the poeple and had led to the birth of civilisation.

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    Trip down The Chao Praya River

    by alvis Updated Oct 6, 2005

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    Getting off at the last BTS Sky Train stop on the Silom line, the Saphan Taksin station we arrive at the Phraya river.

    It is very cheap to travel on the river if you stay with the usual tourist boats which leave every 10 minutes or so. Choose the stop you want to go to including Grand Palace, Wat Po the Museum, Temple of Dawn, Snake farm, Royal Barge museum or Orchid farm. Alternatively you can just go for the ride and get other boats to bring you round the different canals (khlongs) leaving the river. On the weekend you should go to the floating market on the khlongs. We paid 400 baht for an hour on the khlongs, incl. the floating market, which was not too expensive.

    Not only do you see some amazing buildings and boats on your journey you will also see the day to day lives of Thais working and living on the river.

    Watch out for touts may offer you a trip in a long boat for over 100 times the price of the larger boats. These touts are likely to take you somewhere you do not want to go.

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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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    Feel like a tour on the river?

    by Rojo72 Written May 23, 2004

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    Wat Arun from the boat

    You definately should take a tour on the river Chao Phra while you're in Bangkok. It's very cheap (I cannot even remember how little it cost) and there are many boats. The only thing to remember is to be QUICK when going on/off as the skipper and staff are very eager to move along fast.

    We went to the river by the SKytrain to Taksin station and then went by boat up to the Golden Palace and Wat Pho

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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.

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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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    Chao Phraya River and Canals

    by luv2tango Updated Nov 13, 2004

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    A visit to Bangkok would not be complete without a trip on the river. It gives you a different perspective of the city.

    I especially enjoyed the canals off the river,
    where people live right on the waters edge.
    Very serene and peaceful, nice break from
    the chaotic traffic in Bangkok.

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    Explore Bangkok by longtailboat

    by AMOQUE Written Feb 19, 2004

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    Temple seen from the river

    Rent a longtailboat with captain and let him show you the lovely river.
    See how lots of people live here. Houses on the water and children swimming there. Feed the big fish with bread. This is a great experience. Amazing views on temples and a lovely museum with beautifull royal longtailboats.

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    River transport

    by aberacadabra Updated May 2, 2009

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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

    by imstress Updated Mar 28, 2005

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    Chao Phraya River

    A cruise along Chao Phraya River at night is one of the best scenic river cruise.

    Many interesting sights and buildings along Chao Phraya have been lit up at night.
    Several restaurants and hotels along the river provide several cruises to choose from.

    Take the BTS to Taksin Station and take a min walk to the jetty.

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    Cruise along the Chao Phraya River

    by kielorla Written Apr 21, 2004

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    Boat family along the bank of the river

    A day tour along the Chao Phraya River can give you a glimps of how Thailand is like. Many of the historic sights of Bangkok lie on on the banks of the Chao Phraya river which is why it's such a great way to get around.

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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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    Thai Naval Monument

    by ukirsari Updated Sep 10, 2003

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    Since my Daddy was a Navy and I was so keen in Naval life when I was a kid, I can notice this monument within very short time "it's must be sumthin kinda like Navy" as I ever seen in my own country, or like Pearl Harbor monument in Hawaii. And I was right :) It's the monument for Thailand Navy!

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    Old Chinese buildings by the river

    by ukirsari Written Sep 10, 2003

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    So many activities and buildings you can see from the river of Chao Phraya. The sailorman tell me, that brown water of this river and klongs indicate that the river is clean. If the river in bad condition, the color will turn to black!!!

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    Tour along Chao Phraya River

    by backpackerbaby Written Nov 8, 2003

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    A surprise to my boat trip.

    It's interesting to see a river running within a city. It's more interesting to see the people and the architecture on both sides of the river banks.

    You'll see the locals washing in the river, you'll be amazed by the huts, you'll be impressed by the view when you are approching Temple of Dawn...

    Don't miss it. Join a river tour or simply take a river taxi (a public ferry) to explore this lovely river.

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