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Bangkok: Grand Pearl Dinner Cruise including Transfers
"Enjoy this 4-hour dinner cruise with the backdrop of the stunning night scenery on both sides of the Chao Phraya River the cruise departs from Bangkok’s River City pier. The captain will take the boat as far as the Pinklao Bridge where you’ll have a unique opportunity to take in the views of 2 of Bangkok’s most spectacular sights at night: Wat Arun the Temple of Dawn and Wat Phra Kaew the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. After the photo stop at the Temple of Dawn and the Grand Palace the boats cruises in the other direction
From THB2,025.00
 
Loy Nava Rice Barge Dinner Cruise Including Transfers from Bangkok
"Cruise along the Chao Phraya River aboard an antique teak wood rice barge called the “Tahsaneeya Nava”. Feast on superb Thai cuisine as you drift along the “River of Kings” experiencing Thai hospitality from the comfort and tranquility of the open-air cruise. Constructed of solid hand-carved and polished golden teak the “Tahsaneeya Nava” was built at a time when such raw materials were abundant in Thailand. It remains one of the few authentic antique rice barges operating on the Chao Phraya River and the 2-hour dinner cruise will take you back to a less hurried time. You will be welcomed on board with a rose-water sprinkling ceremony and jasmine garland presentation. Then
From THB3,038.00
 
Half-Day Bangkok Rice Barge and Longtail Boat Cruise
"Following a hotel pickup and transfer climb aboard a speedy long-tail boat for a join cruise down the Chao Phraya River and along the winding canals (klongs) viewing the local Thai community going about their daily lives on this 4-hour sightseeing tour by water.Then sail back to the city center on board a comfortable converted rice barge enjoying seasonal fruits and unlimited cold drinks as you cruise. Drift quietly along the Chao Phraya River as the sun sets over Bangkok passing some of the capital’s renowned landmarks such as the royal Grand Palace and the temple of Wat Arun
From THB1,138.00

Chao Phraya River Tips (52)

Stroll on the otherside of Chao Phraya River

We walk most of our time in Bangkok, although it was hot and humid but walking is the best thing to do. There are so many things to see around, but we've seen Bangkok a few times already. We just strolled around and walk on to the river side

Chao Phraya River is a major thoroughfare for the people of Thailand. This is one of the largest and most important rivers in the country. A lot of major attractions such as the Wat Arun, Wat Pho and so on are also built on the banks of this river.

A boat trip on Chao Phraya river is a MUST we have done it already, if you haven't done it yet is certainly a worth to try. For 14 baht one way you can do sightseeing along the river. Travel on the river is a great way to see more of Bangkok. The entire area on both sides of the river is magnificent

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shavy
Apr 25, 2016

Chao Praha

A short and quick trip on a boat along the canal, and we arrived at the market. We left the boat and enjoyed the show.

Is it always like that?

Is it revivalism for tourist amusement? No. It looks natural, and locals sell and buy indifferent to the curiosity of western people - but taking advantage of them, of course.

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solopes
Apr 14, 2016

Chao Phraya River, Nonthaburi and Trains

We decided to have a day exploring the different stops along the Sky Train so bought a day pass and off we went. We got on and off as we wanted and we even had a Thai lady tell us we were going the wrong way as this was not a tourist area. Anyway after lots of fun on the trains we went back to the river and decided to go north to the last boat stop which is Nonthaburi another province of Thailand but classed as a suburb of Bangkok due to being so close.

We used the tourist boats to the end of the line which is Pier 13 (Navalai River Resort) where everyone gets off including us then we used the express boats to carry on to Pier 30 the end of the trip at Nonthaburi.

What fun this is, I though express meant missing a few stops, but no this boat still stops for about one second, people just jump on and off so quickly, absolutely no waiting for anyone even is your 2 seconds from getting on the boat.

Nonthaburi was fantastic; everyone was very friendly and happy to talk to us as we walked along Pratcharat Rd which is the main road for a few minutes to the Central markets which will be on your right. These authentic Thai markets are amazing, packed with everything you could possibly think of with stall after stall of fruit, vegetables, fish, flowers, spices etc along with some delicious food stalls.

After a good look around here and something to eat we caught an old style bicycle rickshaw back to the pier for another 30 stops/pier stations to our starting point.

We will definitely go back to Nonthaburi and have a better look around as there is so much to see and do in the area. Eventually we ended up at Khao San Road, hated it there, so back to the hotel after another huge fun filled day

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Cathy&Gary
Jun 14, 2015

The River Of Kings

This is about the Chao Phraya River the principal river in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. When I was living in Bangkok I often traveled on this river by commuter boat to avoid the horrendous traffic jams of the sprawling metropolis.

Traveling by boat on the Chao Phraya River.....

There are several ways to take a river cruise in Bangkok. The cheapest is to take the Orange Flag line commuter boat which starts from the suburb of Nonthaburi and ends at Rat Burana pier in Bangkok. There are at least 20 stops on this route where one can get on/off. Tourists normally get on at Phra Athit pier as it is the closest to Khao San Road the main area where backpackers stay for cheap accommodation, shopping and sightseeing. Since I lived in the Sam Sen district of Bangkok, the nearest pier to my apartment was Phayap which is only a 10 minute walk away. The one way boat fare is 15 baht which is about 50 US cents, whether you travel the whole route or in parts. In other words, the same fare applies even if you get off after a couple of stops, or go the whole way. As this is a cheap and quick mode of transportation the boats are always crowded with passengers, particularly during rush hours. But of course in Bangkok, anytime can be rush hour! As far as I can remember, the operating hours of the Orange Line boats are from 6 am to 7:30 pm on weekdays, and 6 am to 6:30 pm on weekends and holidays.

If you want to take a boat exclusively for tourists, there is a small counter at the Phra Athit pier. This counter consists of a chair and a table with a sign saying 'Tourist Boat.' I have never taken it so can't say how much it costs, but I do know that it ends at the Sathon pier, and their number of boats/operating hours are also less than the local ones . However, it does cover the same route as the Orange Flag boats, but with far fewer stops, and the seating on board is much more comfortable than the commuter boats.

If you're one of those types who prefer privacy and can afford it, you might want to hire a water taxi known as 'longtails' for an hour or so. I recommend this only if you're on an unlimited budget as it might cost you an arm and a leg! The luxury hotels along the river (of which there are many) also offer their guests a short cruise with the hotels' own boats. I have seen these boats as they have the name of the hotel written on them.

Lastly, several tour companies operate dinner cruises in the evening. I have been on them a couple of times when I had guests visiting me. You pay something like $30 for a set dinner which is not too bad, but does not include alcoholic beverages. There is usually some entertainment on board in the form of a cultural dance performance. The cruise itself lasts for about an hour and half, and as far as I know, both the boarding and getting off points are still at Pier N3 (Si Phraya) which is close to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel.

In case you're wondering why the Chao Phraya is referred to as 'The River of Kings,' it is because all the kings who formerly ruled Thailand (including the present monarch) traveled on this river in a Royal Barge procession with all its pomp and grandeur. I must admit though that I've never seen it in person, but have watched it on TV a couple of times.

This blog is written from my own personal experience of having lived in Bangkok, the 'City of Angels' (as in its Los Angeles counterpart) for five years, and I hope it will be useful information for future travelers to Thailand.

A lot of the city's top tourist attractions are easily accessible from the Chao Phraya River, such as the Grand Palace, the Emerald Buddha, Wat Po, Temple of Dawn, the flower market, Chinatown, etc., so you can choose any of the above mentioned boats.....WAY TO GO.....to have a fun time in one of the most popular destinations in Asia, if not the world!

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Cho45
Nov 22, 2014
 
 
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One Day River Pass on Chao Phraya

Using the river boat system on the Chao Phraya is a must! It is affordable and convenient with access to the many tourist attractions. Most people start from the Central Pier (Saphan Taksin is the stop from the Sky Train). But once at the Central Pier, things can be very confusing.

First, do not buy a ticket from anyone that approaches you. They will try and sell a ticket at an inflated cost and push a private long boat for about 500 baht.

You have two options, there is a tourist boat and all day pass for 150 baht or 40 baht for one way trip. Or, do what the locals do and just pay the local transport boat which is only 15 baht. The tourist boat does have an English speaking tour guide that explains what is at each pier they stop. This is good if you have not done much research. I did the tourist one way route for 40 baht and did learn a good amount of what is at each stop. The remaining days I just paid the 15 baht and explored on my own.

The key here is not to buy a ticket from anyone that approaches you. In the photos you can see people in the light blue polo shirts. They work for the tourist boat. a line forms behind this area for the local boat that cost 15 baht. If you've done your research this is the best way to go. All the piers are well marked so you know where you are.

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blueskyjohn
Oct 08, 2014

Feeding fish in Chao Phraya

I could not find if this has more meaning than to fish go crazy when someone throws bread into the water. At many of the piers along Chao Phraya vendors sell bread you can use to throw into the river. It is quite a frenzy and interesting to watch while you wait for the next ferry to take you along the river.

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blueskyjohn
Oct 05, 2014

Watching the boats in Chao Praya

Watching the boats in Chao Praya


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Name: Chao Praya
Attraction Type: Watching boats, River
City: Bangkok


My Photos
First Photo: Chinese style boat in Chao Praya river
Second photo: Chinese style boat in Chao Praya river
Third photo: Boat in Chao Praya
Forth photo: Tanker in Chao Praya river
Fifth photo: Small boat

volopolo
Jul 29, 2014

Assorted River Boats in Chao Phraya River

Being the lifeblood of Bangkok and Thailand, The Chao Phraya River has a variety of Boats plying this mighty River that Straddles Bangkok and the Nearby Provinces. there are the Chao Phraya Commuter Boats that transports you from one side to the other side of the river and to other bangkok klongs, the long tail boats, used mainly by tourists to tour and locals to haul supplies, the bigger wooden boats, again used by tourists for assorted chao phraya river tours with wat arun and grand palace tours in combination, and the larger River Cruise Boats, which are used for Lunch and Dinner Buffet Cruise along the Chao phraya River or to go on Day Tours to Ayuthaya and Beyond.

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Oct 31, 2013

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Feeding the Fishes

On our river trip, we stopped by at temple which offers you bread for little money as donation to feed the fishes. Hundreds of huge cat fishes suddenly appear when you throw a bite of bread. You can put the bread inside their mouth. I wonder whether those big fishes are allowed to be caught. Sam, our guide, explained that many people don’t fish those big fishes as their respect to the temple and the fish.

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Rinjani
Jun 10, 2012

Chao Praya River

This page is really just a place to add my photos of the Chao Praya River which flows through Bangkok and is a major transport network for hundreds of water taxis and ferries. This River of Kings flows 370 kilometres from north to south, starting in the Central Plains, through Bangkok and finally into the Gulf of Thailand.

Many bridges cross this river and the beautiful Rama V111 Bridge which opened in 2002 is the one we climbed the stairs from the bottom and walked along the bridge. It is a cable stayed bridge with a single pylon, the longest span is 300metres and the bridge is 2.45 kilometres long. The views from the bridge are fantastic.

I will be adding to this page soon as we will be back for a better look around the riverfront.

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Cathy&Gary
May 05, 2012

Self-tour the Chao Phraya

The Chao Phraya river cuts right through Bangkok, and it is a central element of the transportation system. A fleet of swift taxis ply the river up and down all day long, cutting off around nightfall. But it is a terrific way to get close to the downtown area (and all the shopping and culture that it holds), as well as move up to the sights of the King's Palace and Wats Pho and Arun.

The river taxi system is most used by Thai residents on their daily commutes. To accommodate as many people as possible, the ticket takers try to pack you in, and during the rush hours it can be overflowing with people. But, it is a slice of real life of Bangkok, away from taxis and air conditioned rides, you are traveling amongst kids going to school, business men on their way to the office, families to the market. With a few foreign backpackers tossed in for variety.

Beyond a means of transportation, a trip up or down the river is a travel experience of itself, a highlight reel of the sights from the banks of the Chao Phraya. If you can grab a seat, relax and let the smell of the river and the skyline of the city wash over you. And for about 7-20 bhat, you can't find much better of a deal in the city.

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HasTowelWillTravel
Aug 26, 2011

Relax in Chao Phraya River

Take boat in Chao Phraya River is a very fascinating and relax thing.
Also, you can go to below location avoid traffic jam and cheap than bus&subway.
China Town, River City, Wat Pichiyat, Pak Klong Flower Market, Santa Curz Church, Grand Palace

Fee: Local line, 11 baht per time, If use tourist passport, 100 baht per day.

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Steven_Cai
Apr 04, 2011

Things to Do Near Chao Phraya River

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Chatuchak Park

Este parque, com 0.3 km2, abriu ao público em 1980. É ornamentado com um lago artificial, atravessado por várias pontes, que cria um interessante cenário. Na minha opinião, este parque é um ótimo...
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Wat Thammikarat

This is another small temple ruin. What I found interesting were the number of Singh (Lion Figures) the completely encircle the main large chedi. the Singh are in various stages of disrepair. This...
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Day Trip - Ayutthaya

Ayuthaya was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong in a bend of the Chao Phraya River and was the capital of the Kingdom of Thailand in its most powerful time. After it was conquered and sacked in 1767 by...
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Chatuchak Weekend Market

As stated in the title,the market can be real hot under the sun.There is nothing u can really do about it unless u bring an umbrella.But now lets talk about the shops.FOR PET LOVERS:This place is an...
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Correctional Services Museum - CLOSED

We visited the corrections museum in Bangkok, partly because it was on our walking route from Chinatown to Khao San Road, and also because we were a bit fascinated about the whole "Bangkok Hilton"...
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Dinner Cruises

Vacations are all about treating yourself and this evening Bangkok dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya river is most definitely a treat! This will be a memorable night on board one of Bangkok's most...
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Through Bangkok into the Gulf of Thailand

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