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    Ferry's crossing the Chao Phraya

    by blueskyjohn Written Jun 30, 2014

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    While there are many boats traveling up and down the Chao Phraya, most piers also has a ferry that crosses the river for a very small fee. It is definitely a good idea to take advantage of this ferry. There are some fascinating temples on the other side.

    The ferry is only 3 baht each way. You can't beat the price! Inside each pier is a small booth where you pay the 3 baht.

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    Different way of seeing Bangkok

    by CDM7 Updated Feb 5, 2014

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    CHAO PHRAYA RIVER - Using the river ferry for getting around Bangkok is a good way of seeing the sights from a different angle.The ferries stop at many places along the river and run a regular service throughout the day.Do not hang around when getting on or off the ferry as they move very quickly.Fares are collected once onboard.

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    Chao Phraya boat update

    by stamporama Written Aug 6, 2013
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    As of August 2013, a single trip fare (flat rate) on the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat is 40 baht. This updates my tip that I wrote in 2007 when the fare then was only 13 baht to either Tha Tien (for Wat Pho) or Tha Chang (for Grand Palace). Other than the price however, going to the 2 places is still the same:

    1) From Siam station, take the BTS (Silom line) to Saphan Taksin.
    2) From Saphan Taksin, look for the sign that directs you to the river boat Sathorn pier.
    3) From Sathorn, get on the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat and pay the roving conductress the fare, in return she hands you a ticket (see photo).
    4) An English-speaking guide will talk on a mike and point out interesting sights along the river. He/she would also announce the next pier the boat will stop in.

    See the river boat's website for a map of its route and stops.

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    Canal Boats

    by explore_discover Updated Dec 24, 2012

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    Khlong Saen Saeb also known as Saen Saep) is a canal (Khlong) in central Thailand, connecting the Chao Phraya River to Prachin Buri and Chachoengsao. A portion of the canal is used for public transport by an express boat service in Bangkok. The canal is lined with concrete walkways on either side in many areas where people stroll despite the foul smells of the canal, and in other areas the heavily polluted water oozes into adjacent properties, especially after heavy rainstorms. The canal is connected to many other canals in a large network, though most of the other canals do not have a regular transport service.

    The Khlong Saen Saep Express Boat service operates on the Khlong Saen Saep in Bangkok, providing fast, inexpensive transportation through the city's traffic-congested commercial districts. The service has a checkered reputation, due to the polluted water in the khlong and the haphazard nature in which the service is operated.

    The 18-kilometre route is served by 100 boats of 40-50 seats, and operates 5:30am to 8:30pm daily. Prices are 8 to 20 baht, depending on distance travelled. The service carries about 60,000 passengers per day. It is run by a company called Family Transport.

    Line # 1 Golden Mount Station
    Phan Fa Lilat - terminal, near Golden Mount and other attractions.
    Bobe Market - a large garment market for whole sale price
    Charoen Phon
    Hua Chang - near MBK Center and Bangkok Skytrain National Stadium station and Siam station.
    Pratu Nam - interchange, near Pratu Nam garment district, Big C, CentralWorld and Pantip Plaza.

    Line # 2 NIDA Station List
    Pratu Nam - interchange, near Pratu Nam garment district, CentralWorld and Pantip Plaza.
    Chit Lom - near Central Chidlom.
    Witthayu (Wireless Road) - near British Embassy.
    Nana Nuea (Sukhumvit Soi 3) - near Bumrungrad Hospital, "Little Africa" neighborhood.
    Saphan Asok - near Bangkok Metro Phetchaburi station and the old site of Embassy of Japan.
    Prasan Mit - at Srinakharinwirot University (Prasarn Mitr Campus).
    Ital-Thai Tower
    Wat Mai Chong Lom - near Royal City Avenue (RCA).
    Thong Lo - a trendy street with many boutique shopping malls.
    Charn Issara - at Charn Issara 2 Building.
    Klong Tan - near busy intersection of Petchaburi, Ramkhamhaeng, Rama IX and Phra Khanong roads, with Bangkok Skytrain (BTS) shuttle-bus service.
    The Mall 3 - The Mall Ramkhamhaeng, near Rama IX Road intersection.
    Ramkhamhaeng 29
    Wat Thep Lila - Soi Ram Khamheang 39
    Ramkhamhaeng - Opposite Ramkhamhaeng University.
    Wat Klang
    The Mall Bangkapi - The Mall Bangkapi on Lat Phrao Road.
    Bang Kapi - Bang Kapi district office and market.
    Wat Si Bun Rueang - terminal pier, near National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA).

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    The river runs through ...

    by shrimp56 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Chao Praya River offers transportation relief from the slow and chaotic road traffic in Bangkok.
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    There are many kinds of boat services, from the express boats, to the boats belonging to the various luxury hotels along the river to the little river-taxis that you can hire yourself.

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    Water Transport …Chao Phraya River..

    by Greggor58 Updated Mar 6, 2011

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    Expressboat and Chao Phraya River.Bangkok,Thailand
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    If you’re able to use this mode of transport when you’re in Bangkok…don’t hesitate to UNLESS maybe you have an aversion to water.. :o) If river transit works for your destination you’ll be able to avoid the traffic congestion that Bangkok is famous for.

    Nonthaburi pier is the most northerly stop along the river and the southernmost pier is at the Taksin Bridge close to Sathorn Rd. where you’ll be able to connect with the sky train.

    The water “taxi” was the easiest, the quickest, and the most reliable mode of transit that I used while visiting Bangkok. I kind of enjoy the water and if there’s any opportunity to be on a boat…I’ll be on it!

    This was is a VERY INEXPENSIVE way to get myself to and from Wat Pho, Wat Arun, and The Grand Palace from where I stayed in the Banglumpoo Area, not too far a walk from Kho San Road. A short fifteen minute walk to Stop 13 and I was on my way….

    You can pick up a map that shows the stops and the “attractions” that are nearby to any particular stop. I think the hotel that I stayed at provided us with maps if my memory is correct but you can get them at the infamous 7/11 s that you’ll see around town or any Pier Station along the river.

    There are a number of commercial boat services that move up and down the river at fairly regular intervals, including Longtails….and they all use the same wharves. Waiting for the next boat was never for long and it was always a treat to watch the traffic on the river, waiting for the next boat to come along. The stops are identified by a sign on the “street side” of the wharf complex, and as you enter you will see a ticket booth. It’s not necessary to purchase your boat tickets here unless you’re latching onto a “Tour” boat.

    When the boat pulls up to the wharf the “conductor” will allow access..people are allowed to get off before those getting are allowed to board. I never prepaid my trip. The conductor will collect the fare from you as the boat is under way.

    The cost is again totally minimal…it’s ridiculously inexpensive by Western standards although sorry; I can’t remember exactly how much the far was.

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  • Boats

    by volopolo Updated Sep 1, 2010

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    Chao Praya river
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    Boats
    There are four types of boats, spotted by a flag in different colours.
    Pictures in the web: Chao Praya River and Pier

    Main boat - Chao Praya Pier:

    01. Saphan Taksin bridge
    02. Oriental Pier
    03. Wat Muang kae Pier
    04. Si Phraya Pier
    05. Harbour Dept Pier
    06. Rachawongse Pier
    07. Memorial Bridge Pier
    Near is: Chinatown
    08. Rajinee Pier
    09. Tha Tien Pier
    Near is: Wat Pho
    10. Tha Chang Pier
    Near is: Wat Phra Khaew
    11. Wang lang (Siriraj) Pier
    12. Thonburi Railway Pier
    13. Phra Pin Klao Bridge Pier
    14. Phra Arthit Pier
    15. RAMA 8 Bridge Pier
    16. Thewet Pier
    17. Krung Thon Bridge Pier
    18. Wat Thepnahree Pier
    19. Payap Pier
    20. Irrigation Dept Pier
    21. Kheaw Khai Ka Pier
    22. Kiak Kai Pier
    23. Bang Po Pier
    24. Wat Soi Thong Pier
    25. RAMA 7 Bridge Pier
    26. Pibul 1 Pier
    27. Wat Khema Pier
    28. Wat Tuek Pier
    29. Wat Kien Pier
    30. Pibul 2 Pier
    31. Nothaburi

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  • N5 Ratchawong Pier

    by volopolo Written Aug 21, 2009
    Chinatown
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    N5 Ratchawong Pier


    Information
    Name: Ratchawong
    Attraction Type: Pier
    Close to: Chinatown
    Pier Code: N5
    City: Bangkok


    My Photos
    First Photo: Chinatown in Bangkok
    Second Photo: Chinatown in Bangkok
    Third Photo: Chao Phraya river
    Fourth Photo: Chao Phraya river
    Fifth Photo: Chao Phraya river

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  • CEN Sathon Taksin Bridge Pier

    by volopolo Written Aug 20, 2009
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    CEN Sathon Taksin Bridge Pier


    Information
    Name: Sathon Taksin Bridge
    Attraction Type: Pier
    Close to: BTS Skytrain Saphan Taksin, Sathorn road, Silom road, State tower
    Pier Code: CEN (Central Pier)
    City: Bangkok
    Pictures in the web: Sathon Taksin Bridge Pier in Bangkok


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    First Photo: Rama VIII Bridge Pier
    Second Photo: Rama VIII Bridge Pier from the boat
    Third Photo: Rama VIII Bridge from the boat
    Fourth Photo: Rama VIII Bridge from the boat
    Fifth Photo: Rama VIII Bridge from the boat

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  • N14 Rama VIII Bridge Pier

    by volopolo Written Aug 20, 2009
    Rama VIII Bridge Pier
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    N14 Rama VIII Bridge Pier


    Information
    Name: Rama VIII Bridge
    Attraction Type: Pier
    Close to: Bank of Thailand
    Pier Code: N14
    City: Bangkok
    Pictures in the web: Tha Chang Pier in Bangkok


    My Photos
    First Photo: Rama VIII Bridge Pier
    Second Photo: Rama VIII Bridge Pier from the boat
    Third Photo: Rama VIII Bridge from the boat
    Fourth Photo: Rama VIII Bridge from the boat
    Fifth Photo: Rama VIII Bridge from the boat

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  • Tha Chang Pier

    by volopolo Updated Aug 20, 2009
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    Tha Chang Pier


    Information
    Name: Tha Chang Pier
    Attraction Type: Pier
    Close to: Wat Phra Khaew, Grand Palace, Wat Mahathat, National Museum
    Pier Code: N9
    City: Bangkok
    Pictures in the web: Tha Chang Pier in Bangkok


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    First Photo: Tha Chang Pier
    Second Photo: Tha Chang Pier
    Third Photo: Tha Chang Pier
    Fourth Photo: Tha Chang Pier

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  • From Pathumwan to Bumrungrad Hospital by ferry

    by seagypsy Written Apr 16, 2009

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    I'd recommend taking the canal ferry which can be caught across the street from the MBK shopping complex. Just use the MBK crossover, then walk towards the canal and on the left side of the street just under the bridge, you can catch the canal ferries. It's cheap and pretty fast except that during the middle of the day there aren't as many boats as during the morning and evening rush hours when they seem to come almost every 2 minutes. You'll need to get off like everyone else at the Pratunam stop and transfer to another boat at the same landing and on the same side. Just follow the locals as they'll get off for those heading past or further east of Pratunam. You'll need to hop-off at the Nana boatlanding stop and you'll actually pass the Bumrungrad Hospital so it's a 5 mminute walk back to the hospital. As paying for the canal ferry, tell fare collector that you're taking the Nana stop. If memory serves, it's about 12-15 bahts.

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    Use the River Taxis

    by MichaelDovey Written Dec 23, 2008

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    Take the skytrain down to the river, and then use the river taxis to get around Bangkok. You can visit Chinatown , Grand Palce, Wat Po, Temple of the Dawn, Royal Barge Museum, canal tours etc all from the river taxis. These are cheap, and you travel with the locals, and your views are phenominal

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    Boat Tours - long-tailed boats

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Dec 12, 2008

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    There are a few boat tours you can take around Bangkok. I took a 2-hour trip along the Chao Praya River and the Grand Canal that stopped at the Thonburi Snake Farm and a small floating market. There were just two of us on the boat and the sights are impressive. You will pass dozens of temples as well as an interesting variety of run down shacks, nice apartment buildings, and extravagant mansions.

    The trip was around US$20 per person for the two-hour trip, which seemed to me to be on the expensive side for Bangkok. I have since read that a fair price is 300-400 Baht (US$9-12) per hour per boat so I guess I paid close to the usual going rate.

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    River Ferry: Orange Line Fare

    by orj78 Written May 8, 2008

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    As of May 8, 2008

    From Sathorn (Central Pier), pay 15baht for the orange line boats. yellow line cost 10 baht. Look for flags on the boats. If you are going north, pass through the right side of the pier. Left side, if going south.

    I went to Wat Pho and got off at N8 (Tha Thieng/Tha Chang). Walk a little bit and you'll emerge at an intersection. Wat Pho is the temple complex to your right.

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