Chao Phraya Express Boats, Bangkok
From the Ratchatewi BTS Skytrain Station (right next to the Asia Hotel) walk towards the canal (towards Siam Discovery or MBK Shopping Center or National Museum) and you'll have to go across a short bridge. Just below the bridge after you've crossed over the canal to the other side, you'll see a canal boat stop /platform where provided it's before 7pm, you can catch the canal express ferry to the end of the line which is the stop below the Golden Temple Mount. The canal fare is only about 12 bahts and from there it's about an 8 minute walk to KSR. You'll have to cross the very busy Rachadaemon Boulevard and the short street to KSR is quite narrow. Since you say, 'we', it's probably best to take a taxi back at night, especially late a night since buses can be scarce. Make sure it's a licensed meter taxi.
As to what to visit, it's a human farang zoo! No loss of spectacles in KSR. Tons of shopping too amidst all the small shops and arcades. Lots of places to eat but I like the seafood places along Pra Athit annex or at the other end, pass the Vieng Tai Hotel are a few big al frescoe dining places that's setup for the night. Lots of pre-cooked dishes but right next to it are a couple places that have fresh porridge with all sorts of 'add on' meats, fish, veggies,etc.
This is a very cheap and convenient way to travel along the Chao Phraya River.
The local line travels from Wat Rajsingkorn (S3) to Nonthaburi (N30), stopping at all piers along the river. [Fare = 13B, every 20 min from 6am – 840am, 3pm – 6pm daily, 1 ½ hour trip]
The tourist boat have on-board guides talking over a microphone about the sites you'll pass along the river. It runs between Sathorn (Central Pier) and Phra Arthrit Pier (N13). [Fare = 100B; every 30 min from 9.30am–3pm daily, ½ hour trip]. The boat stops at 10 major piers which provide convenient access to The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho, Royal Barge Museum, China Town, Khao San Road, etc.
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Designated by their light blue flags, these ferries run between Sathorn - deparing every 30mins from 9.30am til 3.00pm - Banglamphu (start at 10.00am every 30mins) - and stop at all the major piers where attractions are located - the Oriental Hotel, Rachawongse (Chinatown) neat the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. There is a free connecting boat from Banglamphi across to the Royal Barges Museum. A 4Bt connection from Rachawongse across to Wat Arun is also available.
This is one of Bangkok's most scenic, and cheap transport options. You'll find 4 boat lines; ie 2 express lines (yellow/orange flag), the local line (no flag) and the tourist line.
Depends on destination, so keep in mind the cost is about 10B to 25B,...
NO MORE !!!
The local boat operates from 6am to 7.30pm and stop at all piers. The Tourist Boat is from 9.30am to 4pm, find Tha Sathon and the 10 major sightseeing piers (included Tha Chang, Tha Phra Athit etc. ).
I can highly recommend taking the express canal boat ( did it to Jim Thompsons house ) , these things are an experience!!
Only cost 8Baht per person. Caught it near the golden mount and the conductor even told us when to get off ( you have to be quick, they don`t hang around for long).
Cheap, cheerful and an experience to last a lifetime!
There are various types of boat identified in color flags. Boat service on the Chao Phraya River connects Bangkok with the northern neighbouring province of Nonthaburi, starting from the Tha Nam Non Pier and ending at Saphan Taksin Pier (Sathorn).
Boat (no flag) stop at all pier, has a minimum fare of 8 baht.
Rapid boat (orang flag) has a fare of 10 baht all routes.
Express boat (yellow flag) stop at only on crowded and main piers. www.chaophrayaboat.co.th
The Express boat has a fare of 15 baht all routes. After rush hour, these boat are used for tourist purpose. There are guide boats for travellrs with guide to give information about the riverside.
The boat with blue flag, is the fastest stopping only on 3 pier, ThaNamNon Pier, Siriraj Pier and SaphanTaksin (Sathorn) Pier.It has a minimum and maximum fares from 25-35 baht. (For trial period, it just newly had this type)
Boats run daily from 06.00 A.M-06.40 P.M.
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Chao Phraya Tourist Boat
This is such an easy way to get around Bangkok....so efficient!!
The boat route, connected to BTS Skytrain at Taksin Bridge station, starts from Sathon Pier and proceeds up the river to Banglamphu Pier (near Khaosan Road). The boat stops at 10 major piers which provide easy access to many tourist sites such as the Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Pho, Chinatown, Khaosan Road etc. A guide is provided on board , free water and the boat is not crowded as the express boat. The boat service is available daily from 9.00 to 15.00 hours, departing every 30 minutes. There are no traffic jams and you sightsee at the same time .The charge is 15 baht per trip. One day river pass is available for unlimited trips at 75 baht which includes a Chao Phraya River Guidebook.
The Chao Phraya Tourist Boat provides the opportunity to see Bangkok from a whole new perspective, many attractive spots to visit such as the Temple of Dawn, Chinatown, the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, The Grand Palace and many more attractive places. For a 100 baht for a day pass it is a steal and you dont get stuck in traffic.
The Chao Phraya River Express operates boats which follow a regular route up and down the Chao Phraya River within the city. Fares range from 6 to 20 BAHT