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Chao phraya river – a guide to bangkok boat travel.

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Traveling by boat in Chao Phraya river in Bangkok Thailand is by far my favorite way of getting around the city. You can’t get everywhere by boat but if your destination is near the river, it’s a great way to travel. And many of Bangkok’s most popular attractions are near the river, and accessible by boat. Thailand boat travel is also incredibly cheap. However, there are so many different boats that it can be very confusing for first time visitors, so allow me to explain your options as simply as possible.

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Boat Stops and Piers

The Central Pier, called Tha Sathorn, is conveniently located right next to Saphan Taksin BTS (skytrain) station. From here you can take boats both north and south, although the boats north are where most of the attractions are. All piers along the Chao Phraya River are clearly marked in both English and Thai, and also have the pier numbers marked on them. All piers to the south are marked with an S, and all the piers to the north with an N. Boats run from pier S4 (Rajburana) to N33 (Pakkret). The complete list of piers is as follows:

Chao Phraya River

• S4 (Rajburana) • S3 (Wat Rajsingkom) • S2 (Wat Worachanyawas) • S1 (Wat Sawetachat) • Central Pier (Tha Sathorn) – this is also the location of Saphan Taksin BTS (skytrain) station • N1 (Oriental Hotel) – as the name suggests, the stop for Oriental Hotel and OP Place shopping mall • N2 (Wat Muang Kae) – for Old Customs House • N3 (Si Phraya) – for Portuguese Embassy • N4 (Marine Department) – for Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, Holy Rosary Church, and River City shopping mall • N5 (Rajchawongse) – get off here for the main part of Chinatown • N6 (Memorial Bridge) – another Chinatown stop • N7 (Rajinee) – for Chinatown vegetable market (Pak Khlong Market) and cross-river boat to Santa Cruz Church • N8 (Tha Tien) – for Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and the cross-river boat to Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) • N9 (Tha Chang) – for the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) • N10 (Wang Lang) – for Siriraj Hospital and Thonburi (Bangkok Noi) train station • N11 (Thonburi Railway) – also for Thonburi train station • N12 (Phra Pin Klao Bridge) – get off here for the National Museum of Royal Barges • N13 (Phra Arthit) – for Ratinakosin Island and the popular Khao San Road backpacker district • N14 (Rama 8 Bridge) • N15 (Thewet) – for the famous Thewet Flower Market • N16 (Krung Thon Bridge (Sung Hi)) • N17 (Wat Thepnahree) • N17/1 (Wat Thepakorn) • N18 (Payap) • N19 (Irrigation Department) • N20 (Kheaw Khai Ka) • N21 (Kjak Kai) • N22 (Bang Po) • N23 (Wat Soi Thong) • N24 (Rama 7 Bridge) • N25 (Pibul 1) • N26 (Wat Khema) • N27 (Wat Tuek) • N28 (Wat Kien) • N29 (Pibul 2) • N30 (Nonthaburi (Pibul 3)) • N31 (Wat (Khaenok) • N32 (Wat Klang Kret) • N33 (Pakkret) – the last stop

Chao Phraya Express Boats

There are five main boats that run along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. These are the Blue Flag Chao Phraya Tourist Boat, Orange Flag Boat, Green Flag Boat, Yellow Flag Boat and No Flag Boat. As you have probably guessed, you can tell them apart by the color of the flag that they fly (or don’t fly in the case of the No Flag Boat).

The Chao Phraya Tourist Boat only runs from Tha Sathorn (Central Pier) to N13 (Phra Arthit), and only stops at piers CENTRAL, N1, N3, N5, N8, N* (Maharaj – between N9 and N10), N10 and N13.

All other boats travel as far north as pier N30, with the Green Flag Boat being the only one that goes all the way to pier N33.

You should note that none of the boats stops at all piers, so you’ll need to check which boat goes to your destination before you get on. The Orange Flag Boat is the best overall, as it runs all from 06:00 until 19:00 seven days a week. This is usually the only boat that we use.

Blue Flag Chao Phraya River Tourist Boat

Chao Phraya River Tourist Boat

If this is your first time to get a boat along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, I would recommend the tourist boat, as you get a commentary along the way pointing out all the major attractions. This will help you to get your bearings more quickly, and then you’ll be good to go when you try a local boat.

You can purchase tickets for this boat at Central Pier (Tha Sathorn), N13 (Phra Arthit), Saphan Taksin BTS and Saim BTS.

Route: Central Pier (Tha Sathorn) to N13 (Phra Arthit) Times: Daily 09:30-16:00 Frequency: Every 30 minutes Fare: 150 baht daily ticket or 30 baht per journey

Orange Flag Boat

Orange Flag Boat On Chao Phraya River Bangkok

This is usually the only boat we get, as it is both convenient and cheap and runs all day, every day. Tickets for this boat are purchased on the boat.

Route: S3 (Wat Rajsingkom) to N30 (Nonthaburi) Times: Daily 06:00-19:00 Frequency: Every 5-20 minutes, depending on time of day Fare: 15 baht per journey (pay on the boat)

Green Flag Boat

Route: Central Pier (Tha Sathorn) to N33 (Pakkret) Times: Monday-Friday 06:15-08:00 and 15:30-18:05 Frequency: Every 15-30 minutes Fare: 13/20/32 baht, depending on distance (pay on the boat)

Yellow Flag Boat

Route: S4 (Rajburana) to N30 (Nonthaburi) Times: Monday-Friday 06:15-08:30 and 15:30-20:00 Frequency: Every 20-30 minutes Fare: 20/29 baht, depending on distance (pay on the boat)

No Flag Boat (Local Line)

If you want to stop at an obscure pier, then this is the boat for you, as it stops almost everywhere. But only during early morning and late afternoon.

Route: S3 (Wat Rajsingkom) to N30 (Nonthaburi) Times: Monday-Friday 06:20-08:05 and 15:00-17:30 Frequency: Every 20-25 minutes Fare: 10/12/14 baht, depending on distance (pay on the boat)

Cross River Boats

Cross-River Ferry Leaving Rajchawonse Pier in Chinatown

There are a few places where you will see cross river boats. There is one that goes from pier N8 (Tha Tien) to Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn). The cost of the cross river boats varies from 2-5 baht.

Hotel Shuttle Boats

Hotel Shuttle Boats On Chao Phraya River Bangkok

Many hotels are situated on the Chao Phraya River, and each hotel has its own shuttle boat that travels back and forth between Central Pier (Tha Sathorn) and the hotel. Some hotels that have their own shuttle boat include the Anantara, Oriental and Peninsula. All these boats are free and usually run from early morning until very late at night.

I particularly enjoy getting the free boat to the Anantara Hotel, as it’s a nice and relaxing 30 minute trip. If you walk through the hotel you will come to a small shopping mall at the other side. This has a number of restaurants, cafes and massage shops. My favorite restaurant there is the vegetarian Loving Hut.

Further Information

For full details of these boats, including exact times and fares, please visit the Chao Phraya Express Boat website.

Long-Tail Boats

Long-Tail Boat Leaving Sathorn Pier On Chao Phraya River

As well as the above express boats, you’ll also see long-tail boats plying their trade along the river. They can take you anywhere you want to go, but are very expensive compared to the express boats. You might pay as much as 1,000 baht ($33, £20) for a 30-minute ride. If you want the experience of traveling the river and have a large enough budget, then this can be a great experience.

Conclusion | Experience Bangkok by Boat

As you can tell, traveling around Bangkok by boat isn’t just a fun experience, it’s also cheap and relatively fast. Instead of suffering through the congested streets of the capital, give yourself a break and try out the Chao Phraya River. I promise you won’t regret it!

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Bangkok: Chao Phraya River Piers & Boat Routes

The Chao Phraya River can be a great way to travel in Bangkok , but the system of boats and their different coloured flags can appear confusing for a first-time visitor. This guide should help you out and many visitors to Bangkok quickly discover that the river boat service can be a very convenient (and cheap) way to get to some of Bangkok’s main attractions.

Boat Stops and Piers

All piers ( tha ) along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok are clearly marked in English as well as Thai. The Central Pier is called Tha Sathorn and is conveniently located close to the Saphan Taksin skytrain station. Piers to the north of Central Pier are marked ‘N’ followed by a number and piers to the south of Central Pier are marked ‘S’ followed by a number. The most popular tourist attractions and sights are located between Central Pier and stop number N13 to the north. The ride from Central Pier to N13 (Tha Phra Arthit/Banglamphu) takes approximately 30 minutes.

  • Central Pier (Tha Sathorn) – for Saphan Taksin Skytrain station
  • N1 (Tha Oriental) – for Oriental Hotel and O.P. Place shopping
  • N2 (Tha Wat Muang Kae) – for Old Customs House and GPO building
  • N3 (Tha Si Phraya) – for Portuguese Embassy
  • N4 (Tha Harbour Department) – for River city shopping, Holy Rosary Church and Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel
  • N5 (Tha Rachavongse) – for Chinatown
  • N6 (Tha Memorial Bridge) – for Phra Poklao Bridge and Chinatown
  • N7 (Tha Rajinee) – for Chinatown vegetable market and cross-river ferry to Santa Cruz Church and the old Portuguese Quarter
  • N8 (Tha Tien) – for Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and cross-river ferry to Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)
  • N9 (Tha Chang) – for Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
  • N10 (Tha Wang Lang) – for Siriraj Hospital
  • N11 (Tha Railway Station) – for Bangkok Noi (Thonburi) train station
  • N12 (Tha Phra Pinklao) – for Klong Bangkok Noi and National Museum of Royal Barges
  • N13 (Tha Phra Athit/Banglamphu) – for Ratanakosin Island (old Bangkok) and popular backpacker areas including Khao San Road
  • N14 (Tha Rama 8 Bridge) – for Rama VIII Bridge
  • N15 (Tha Thewes) – for Thewes plant and flower market

Express Boat Services

The main express boat ( reua duan ) passenger services in Bangkok are operated by the Chao Phraya Express Boat company. They have a number of different types of boats which are differentiated by the colour of the flags they fly. They also run a very useful tourist boat service which is ideal for first time visitors to Bangkok and gives you a chance to acquaint yourself with the river stops before trying out the other local boat services. Tickets for the tourist boat can be purchased at the Central Pier or Phra Arthit Pier (Banglamphu) N13. They can also be bought at Saphan Taksin and Siam (interchange) Skytrain stations. Tickets for the other river passenger services can be purchased on the boat itself.

When you get on the boat, move towards the front. The rear of the boat is where people stand to indicate they want to get off at the next stop. Please note the boat will only stop at the pier if there are passengers who want to get on or off so be ready to stand up and get to the back of the boat as your stop approaches. Please also note that not all services stop at every pier (check the route map on the right). It’s also a good idea to keep some small change handy to pay for your ticket and if you have the exact fare ready it helps the boat conductor.

Chao Phraya Tourist Boat

The tourist boat service is more expensive than the other boats, but it is less crowded so you should have no problems getting a seat and there is also an on-board commentary in English to point out landmarks and points of interest. A one-day unlimited ticket is available for 150 Baht and includes a handy map of the river and the various boat stops. Tickets for the tourist boat service can be bought at Central Pier (Tha Sathorn), pier N13 (Tha Phra Arthit/Banglamphu) or the skytrain stations at Saphan Taksin or Siam. Fare: 150 Baht for unlimited day use or 30 Baht for single journey Hours: Daily 09.30-16.00 Frequency: approximately every 30 minutes Route: Sathorn Pier (Central) – Phra Arthit Pier (N13)

Orange flag boats

Fare: 15 Baht (pay on boat) Hours: Daily 06.00-19.00 Frequency: approximately every 15 minutes Route: Nonthaburi (N30) – Wat Rajsingkorn (S3)

Local or Standard boats (no flag)

Fare: 10/12/14 Baht (pay on boat – charged according to distance of travel) Hours: Monday-Friday 06.20-08.05 and 15.00-17.30 Frequency: approximately every 20 minutes. Route: Nonthaburi (N30) – Wat Rajsingkorn (S3)

Green flag boats

Fare: 13/20/32 Baht (pay on boat – charged according to distance of travel) Hours: Monday-Friday 06.15-08.10 and 15.30-18.05 Frequency: approximately every 15-20 minutes Route: Pakkred (N33) – Nonthaburi (N30) – Sathorn (Central Pier)

Yellow flag boats

Fare: 20/29 Baht (pay on boat – charged according to distance of travel) Hours: Monday-Friday 06.15-08.30 and 15.30-20.00 Frequency: approximately every 30 minutes Route: Nonthaburi (N30) – Sathorn (Central Pier) – Ratburana (S4)

Hotel shuttle boats

These boats shuttle across the river between the major riverside hotels including The Oriental, The Peninsula and the Bangkok Marriott & Spa. Most boats run to and from the Central Pier (Tha Sathorn). Fare: Free Hours: continuous

Cross river ferries

These small ferries are available at most piers for crossings to the opposite river bank. There is limited seating on these boats so expect to stand for the short journey across the river. Fare: varies from 2-4 Baht (usually paid at entrance to pier before boarding the boat)

More details on boat timetables from the Chao Phraya Express Boat company.

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An orange flag boat of the Chao Phraya River Express Boat Service in Bangkok

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Use a Chao Phraya River Express boat to get around in Bangkok or to take a sightseeing tour along the city’s main river enjoying a cool river breeze. The river express runs from Nonthaburi in the North to Rat Burana in the South, a distance of over 20 kilometers.

A Chao Phraya boat trip provides for an enjoyable way to see the city from the river. Good views can be had of some of Bangkok’s most famous sites such as the Grand Palace and Wat Arun (the temple of Dawn) from a river boat.

Use a river boat to get to places as Chinatown , Rattanakosin Historical district , Wat Arun , ICONSIAM shopping mall and Asiatique shopping & entertainment complex .

Five Chao Phraya Express lines

Five lines serve the river namely the local, green, yellow and orange express line and the Chao Phraya tourist boat (blue), recognizable by the color of the flag at the back of the boat.

The most frequent services are provided by the orange and blue lines. Boats of the green, yellow and local lines run only on weekdays during morning and afternoon rush hour.

Fares can be paid on the boat or at the kiosk on the pier. Passengers can connect to the BTS Sky Train at Saphan Taksin.

Route map of the Chao Phraya River Express Boat in Bangkok

Orange line The orange line runs from Nonthaburi N30 to Wat Rajsingkorn S3. Service is daily several times per hour from 6 am until 7 pm. One way fare is 15 Thai Baht.

Green line The green line runs from Pak Kret in Nonthaburi to Sathorn. Service is from 6:10 am until 8:10 am and 4:05 pm until 6:05 pm on weekdays. Fares are 13 to 32 Baht depending on distance.

Tourist boat, blue line The blue flag tourist boat runs from Sathorn to Phra Arthit. Service is daily every 30 minutes from 9 am until 8:30 pm. One way tickets are 60 Baht. A one day pass valid for an unlimited number of trips is 200 Baht.

The Chao Phraya Hop on Hop off Tourist Boat on the river

Get to the Wat Pho by Chao Phraya Hop On Hop Off Tourist Boat

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Local line The local line does not display a flag. Boats stop at every pier from Rajsingkorn S3 to Nonthaburi N30. Service is every 20 minutes from 6:45 am until 7:30 am and 4 pm until 4:30 pm on weekdays. Fares are between 10 and 20 Baht depending on distance.

Yellow line The yellow line runs from Nonthaburi N30 to Rat Burana S4. Service is from 6.05 am until 8:20 am and 4 pm until 8 pm on weekdays. Fares are 20 to 29 Baht depending on distance.

Connect to BTS Sky Train

To get on the BTS Sky Train, get off the Chao Phraya boat at Sathorn pier and walk to BTS Saphan Taksin station.

Two trains of the BTS Skytrain in downtown Bangkok

Get on the BTS Sky Train at Chao Phraya Express Boat Sathorn pier

Check the route map of the Silom line and the Sukhumvit line, how to buy tickets & fares

Sights near Chao Phraya River Express piers

Many of Bangkok’s sights are located along the Chao Phraya river. When the city became Thailand’s capital in the 18 th century, the historic district Rattanakosin with the Grand Palace and the Wat Pho was build on the river banks.

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Attractions on the Chao Phraya River Express Boat route:

Princess dinner cruise ship on the Chao Phraya river

Princess Dinner Cruise Si Phraya pier

The Loy Nava dinner cruise barge on the river

Loy Nava Dinner Cruise Si Phraya pier

The Grand Palace seen from the Chao Phraya river

Grand Palace Tha Chang pier

China Gate at Bangkok Chinatown

Chinatown Rachawongse pier

Wat Arun temple on the banks of the Chao Phraya river by night

Wat Arun Tha Tien pier

The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho temple

Wat Pho Tha Tien pier

Rattanakosin historical district seen from the Chao Phraya river

Rattanakosin historical district Tha Chang pier

The bows of two of the Royal Barges

Royal Barges Museum Phra Pin Klao bridge pier

Singers and dancers performing the Calypso Cabaret show

Calypso Cabaret Asiatique pier

The barge of the Arena Indian dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya river

Indian Dinner Cruise Asiatique pier

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Journey Along the Chao Phraya River 1-Hour Boat Charter

Set out on a leisurely voyage down the Chao Phraya River, like a leaf drifting along a gentle current. This one-hour boat charter offers a unique glimpse into the heart of Bangkok, revealing its hidden treasures and captivating beauty.

As the boat sets off from the pier near the iconic Grand Palace, passengers are treated to a picturesque journey past remarkable attractions, such as The Wang Lang, the National Museum of Royal Barges, the Baan Bu Community , and the Suwannaram Temple.

But there is much more to discover on this enchanting cruise, enticing the curious traveler to explore further and uncover the secrets that lie along the river’s meandering path.

Good To Know

Journey Along the Chao Phraya River 1-Hour Boat Charter - Good To Know

  • The boat charter offers a relaxing cruise along Chao Phraya River and Noi Canal.
  • Passengers have the opportunity to feed the fish in the canal.
  • The cruise passes by attractions such as The Wang Lang, National Museum of Royal Barges, Baan Bu Community, and Suwannaram Temple.
  • The boat charter has a cancellation policy where full refunds are available up to 24 hours before the start time, but no refunds are provided for cancellations within 24 hours of the start time.

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Overview and Itinerary

Journey Along the Chao Phraya River 1-Hour Boat Charter - Overview and Itinerary

The Chao Phraya River Boat Charter offers a relaxing cruise along the Chao Phraya River and Noi Canal in Bangkok, departing from the pier near the Grand Palace. Passengers have the opportunity to feed the fish in the canal, adding an interactive element to the experience.

As the boat glides along the water, guests can enjoy the passing scenery , taking in the sights of attractions like The Wang Lang, the National Museum of Royal Barges, the Baan Bu Community, and the Suwannaram Temple. This leisurely cruise allows visitors to unwind and appreciate the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

The combination of feeding fish and enjoying the passing scenery ensures a delightful and serene outing on the Chao Phraya River Boat Charter.

Cancellation Policy

Journey Along the Chao Phraya River 1-Hour Boat Charter - Cancellation Policy

After exploring the overview and itinerary for the Chao Phraya River Boat Charter, it is important to understand the cancellation policy for this experience. The refund policy for the charter is as follows:

To receive a full refund, the charter must be canceled at least 24 hours before the start time. However, if the cancellation is made less than 24 hours in advance, no refund will be given. It is also important to note that no changes to the reservation will be accepted within 24 hours of the start time. The cut-off times for cancellation and changes are based on the local time of the experience.

Based on the reviews from Viator and Tripadvisor, the Chao Phraya River Boat Charter has an overall rating of 4.0.

Here are some key points to consider:

Total review count : The boat charter has received a significant number of reviews from both Viator and Tripadvisor users, indicating a popular choice among travelers.

Different star ratings : The boat charter has received a range of star ratings, including 5 stars , 4 stars, 3 stars, 2 stars, and 1 star. This suggests that opinions about the experience may vary.

Reviews by Viator travelers : Viator travelers have shared their experiences and opinions, providing valuable insights into the boat charter.

Perform checks on reviews : It’s important to perform checks on the reviews to ensure their authenticity and reliability. This will help potential customers make informed decisions based on genuine feedback.

Questions and Help Center

Customers can find answers to their questions and seek assistance at the Viator Help Center for the Chao Phraya River Boat Charter. The Viator Help Center is a reliable resource for any inquiries or concerns regarding the boat charter experience.

Whether customers have questions about the itinerary, pricing, cancellation policy, or any other aspect of the charter, they can easily navigate to the Viator Help Center for assistance.

Plus, customers can reference the product code 62350P1 when contacting the Help Center for a more efficient and accurate response.

The Viator Help Center is committed to providing prompt and helpful support to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for all customers.

Pricing and Terms

Journey Along the Chao Phraya River 1-Hour Boat Charter - Pricing and Terms

The pricing and terms for the Chao Phraya River Boat Charter can be found in the following section:

Boat charter cost : The cost of the boat charter starts from $80.74.

Booking process : To book the boat charter, customers can visit the Viator website or contact their customer service. They’ll need to provide the desired date and time of the charter, as well as the number of passengers.

Payment : Payment for the charter can be made online using various payment methods accepted by Viator.

Terms and conditions : Customers should carefully read and understand the terms and conditions provided by Viator before booking the boat charter. This includes information about cancellation policies, refund procedures , and any additional fees or charges.

To find the Chao Phraya River Boat Charter, head towards the pier near the Grand Palace in Bangkok. From there, you can embark on a relaxing cruise along the Chao Phraya River and Noi Canal. During the one-hour journey, you will pass by various local attractions such as The Wang Lang, the National Museum of Royal Barges, the Baan Bu Community, and the Suwannaram Temple. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the passing scenery and even feed the fish in the canal. To make the most of your experience, it is recommended to visit during the best time to appreciate the beauty of the river and its surroundings. Don’t miss out on exploring these local attractions while cruising along the Chao Phraya River.

Remember to check the specific schedule and availability of the Chao Phraya River Boat Charter, and enjoy your journey along this majestic river.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Journey Along the Chao Phraya River 1-Hour Boat Charter - Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Maximum Capacity of the Boat for the Chao Phraya River 1-Hour Boat Charter?

The maximum capacity for the boat charter is not provided. Please refer to the product details or contact Viator’s Help Center for more information on the maximum capacity of the boat for the Chao Phraya River 1-Hour Boat Charter.

Are Life Jackets Provided on the Boat Charter?

Yes, life jackets are provided on the boat charter. Safety precautions are taken to ensure the well-being of passengers.

Is There a Restroom Facility Available on the Boat?

Yes, there is a restroom facility available on the boat charter. It provides comfort facilities for passengers during the journey along the Chao Phraya River.

Can Children Participate in the Boat Charter?

Children of all ages can participate in the boat charter along the Chao Phraya River. The company prioritizes children’s safety and ensures a family-friendly experience. There are no age restrictions for this activity.

Are Food and Drinks Included in the Price of the Boat Charter?

Food and drinks are not included in the price of the boat charter. However, there are alternative options available for purchase on the boat. Passengers can choose from a variety of snacks and beverages during the journey.

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The Ultimate Guide to Navigating the Chao Phraya River

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There are few places in the world that make it possible for visitors to see its urban areas via boat. Vancouver, Canada has ferries available that allow passengers to see its surrounding islands. Hong Kong has a ferry that allows riders to see the city skyline, but only for a brief five minutes or so. What makes Bangkok’s canals so unique? Bangkok’s canals have a rich history. These canals are often referred to as the main artery of the nation. Find out why these canals are so important and why you should spend a day exploring them. Here, the ultimate guide to navigating Bangkok’s canals.

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The Chao Phraya River is also known as the River of Kings. It is formed by four major tributaries, including the Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan Rivers. It was, and still is, a very important waterway for the people of central Thailand. Many people call the banks of the Chao Phraya River home. Others use the river to get to and from work almost every day. For others, it is a way of life and, ultimately, their main source of income.

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Sightseeing

Some of Bangkok’s most note-worthy attractions are on the banks of the mighty Chao Phraya River. The four must-see attractions that are easily accessible from the river are Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha), the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), and Wat Arun. Be warned, however, that these are tourist hot spots. Many ‘friendly’ strangers will try to get you to pay upwards of ฿500 (about $15) for a cruise on the river. Politely decline these offers and stick to our guide.

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Chao Phraya Express Boat

There are four different express boats. Look for those with an orange, green, or yellow flag. Only the orange boat is open every day. Otherwise, these boats operate Monday through Friday, from about 6 am to 10pm (some boats depart earlier, but not all). Depending on the boat you take, tickets will cost you ฿10-40, which is very cheap in compared to most public transportation around the city. You can buy your tickets at the pier or once you are on board. Keep this ticket with you. Some boats leave every five minutes, while others leave every 25 minutes. Be sure to check the timetable of your boat before arriving. There are also many ferries on either side of the river. They run frequently from about 6am to 9pm.

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Chao Phraya Tourist Boat

Tourists also have the option of purchasing the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat pass. It is similar to the one-day pass your can purchase for the BTS Skytrain. For ฿150 (about $4), visitors have unlimited access to this boat. There are eight piers where visitors can get on and off. The earliest boat is at 9:30am. Plan your day accordingly, as this boat does not operate past 7pm.

Dinner Cruises

Another great way to see these canals, though a bit on the pricier side, is to go on a dinner cruise. You do not have to get on and off a boat, and you have the option to sit inside with air conditioning if you can not handle the heat. A few options include the Chao Phraya Princess Cruise , Loy Nava Dinner Cruises , and the Grand Pearl Luxury River Cruise & Dining Experience . Most cruises start at about 6pm and last for a few hours. The prices vary depending on the company you book through, but we found that you should expect dinners to start at about ฿1,400 (about $40) for a romantic evening spent on the Chao Phraya River.

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How To Get There

You can get to the Chao Phraya River by taking the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taskin on the Silom line. Take exit two and head towards the Central Pier or the Sathorn Bridge Pier. It is here that you will start your journey on the Chao Phraya River.

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Chao Phraya Tourist Boat: A Day by the River in Bangkok

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I have been to Bangkok many times yet I still love the city very much. Why wouldn’t I? Bangkok has so much to offer: scrumptious food, 5-star hotels, extensive shopping, historic sites, and unique culture… all of these are accompanied by excellent services and good values.

I visited Bangkok three times this year so far in 2018 and stayed there for almost a month. One day, I was with my friends and it occurred to us that we haven’t been to the riverside of Bangkok for a long time. The riverside area is connected to neither the BTS nor subway station; besides, we have been to the classic attractions, temples, and palace once and I figured it was done;  so, we kind of stuck to the new shopping malls and tourist areas in Sian, Asok, or Silom. Little did I know there are a bunch of new landmarks and design popping up along the river – and we embarked on a rather refreshing journey of the city’s history, culture, art, great food, and shopping. 🙂 Stay with us as I have some great tips for a 1-day trip!

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The Chao Phraya Tourist Hop-on-hop-off-boat

One-day River Pass: 180 Baht

Single-journey Ticket: 50 Baht

Operating hours: 9am – 6pm

Website: https://chaophrayatouristboat.com/

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The Sathorn Pier is considered to be a good starting point. The pier is connected to the Taksin Bridge BTS Station and I would also suggest you kick off here for a complete experience. The boats come and go every 30 minutes and each stop is approximately 4 minutes apart. Be at the pier a few minutes early as the boat usually arrives punctually and it leaves once the passengers hop on and hop off. The nine stops are:

  • Sathorn (Taksin Bridge BTS station)
  • ICONSIAM (Latest addition and replaced River City!) 
  • Pak Klong Taladd (Yodpiman)

The Maharaj

  • Thonburi Railway

Phra Arthit

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We didn’t leave our apartment “that early” and so we have limited time to cover all stops on the route. We decided to skip  Thonburi Railway Station (connected to the Siriraj Phimukhsthan Museum and Royal Barge National Museum) right away. We got off at the Maharaj pier and the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha were our first stop.

I was not at all surprised when I saw a big crowd at the ticketing office. The Grand Palace has been a classic attraction in Bangkok and many of the package group tours still keep it as a “must-see” on their itinerary. I visited the Grand Palace many years ago yet I forgot the majesty and grandeur! I felt that it was a good refreshment this time around. The Temple of Emerald Buddha (or Wat Phra Kaew), in particular, was my favorite. The Ubosot (a.k.a. the main building) of the temple is a perfect example of the Rattanakosin architectural style. The exterior of the temple is paved by golden and shiny embellishments, while the roof is covered by blue and orange mosaic tiles and pediments. I admire so much the intricacy and aesthetics, especially the line of golden Garudas and Nagas outside the Ubosot. 🙂 The frescoes on the walls are deeply impressive, too! The vivid paintings depict the life journey of the Buddha.

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Once we walked through the wall we arrived at the middle court which is where the main palace complex is located. The palace had been the royal residence since the Kings of Siam in the 18th century, and in the present date, the site hosts official events. The central Prasat of the Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat is obviously the most eye-catching building of the bunch, and we were right there at the middle court on time to see the changing guards!

Other Points of Interest:   The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, Tha Maharaj, Bangkok National Museum, City Pillar Shrine

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The Maharaj is a riverside shopping area with souvenir shops, restaurants, and cafes and stalls. We went to GRAM Café for their “interesting pancakes”. The café has a special menu of original pancakes – while some of them surprised me like Nutella crumble pancakes, banana salted caramel pancakes, Ovaltine Oreo volcano pancakes, to salted yolk lava pancakes! Besides, diners could request extra toppings like butter, honey, Nutella, salted caramel, berry jam, ice-cream and more~ I couldn’t try them all but I might go back in the future for other flavors. Their juice bar has some refreshing drinks like black tea kombucha, too!

We headed to Wat Pho afterward and this is another iconic temple in the city. The journey requires an extra boat ride back to the other side from the Wat Arun pier but we just went for it. Have you ever seen a picture of a giant reclining Buddha in a temple? It’s probably taken in Wat Pho, as the temple is classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples, and one of the most famous reclining Buddhas in the country. It’s hard to take a good photo with the 46-meter long Buddha, which occupied the entire room, and the tip of the Buddha’s headpiece poked into the ceiling! A reclining Buddha is an important representation in Buddhism – This is the image of Buddha in his final days, when Buddha was ill and about to enter nirvana. I love the frescoes around the temple, too. A bit different from the frescoes in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the drawings here are more colorful in red and green, which also depicts the Buddha’s life journey. One of the paintings is now the wallpaper of my iPhone, still. Behind the Buddha, grab a bowl of 108 coins (for 20 Baht) and throw them one at a time into the line of small pots on the back wall. I was told to make a wish for each coin-throw, but then it was a meditative moment for me in this sacred site.

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Make Me Mango

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Outside Wat Pho, we ventured into one of the alleys by the river, and Make Me Mango is a dessert café with a theme about… wait for it… MANGO. Their signature dessert includes all sorts of traditional and innovative mango desserts from sticky rice, smoothies, shaved ice, ice cream, puddings and so on. They have some other hot food and drinks like Italian soda, but Mango dishes are definitely the star of the show. The shop is quite small but it has a homey and comfortable feel to it. Since it was our first time there, we ordered the signature Mango combo and drinks, I like their sticky rice and would go back for more!

The Wat Arun, or, the Temple of Dawn, is the symbol of Bangkok. The majestic Khmer style pagoda looked quite different from the Other temples that we have just seen. The temple dates back to the 17 th century in the reign of King Rama II and once housed the Emerald Buddha.

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The 76-meter tall building is a manifestation of aesthetics, covered by thousands of seashells, and pieces of Chinese porcelain. Although Arun means “morning”, the temple is a perfect spot to view not only during sunrise but also the sunset. There are a number of cafes and restaurants on the opposite side of the river bank with an open deck, which allows visitors to enjoy the view with Wat Arun’s silhouette dominating the skyline during sunset. It is really romantic.

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Other than the three classic landmarks in Bangkok, the boat stops at the Ratchawongse pier and Pak Klong Taladd pier, which connects to the China Town and Flower Market respectively. China Town’s Yaowarat Road in Bangkok is a street food paradise at night, dim sum, oyster omelets, and flat noodles… this is also where the Chinese come to eat bird nest, or seafood at a valuable price. For visitors coming to China Town during the day, visit the landmarks like the China Gate, Wat Chakawat Ratchawat (crocodile), and the Wat Traimit.

Other Points of Interest:   Tha Tien Market

Pakklong Taladd (Yodpiman)

Other Points of Interest: Flower Market (Pakklong Taladd), Yodpiman River Walk, Museum of Siam

Ratchawongese

Other Points of Interest: Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, Phahurat (Indian) Market, Sampheng Market, Chinatown (Yaowarat)

To visit someplace new, we stopped by Lhong 1919 . This new attraction is a restoration of a 19th-century Chinese mansion. Now, the mansion is turned into a shopping mall, but still retained its historical charm and Chinese religious heritage. There is a Mazu Shrine in the center of the site – Mazu is a Chinese goddess of seafarers. The buildings around the courtyard are souvenir and handicraft shops, and a few rooms where period fixtures and artifacts are on display.

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For some refreshments and snacks, there’s a row of Thai restaurants and bars at the ground. Those are quite commercial and we yet find a place that truly stands out. We ended up trying some local snacks at the food stalls in the courtyard, and I think it’s better off as we could just sit on a bench and chill out a little bit.

River City Bangkok > ICONSIAM

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Other Points of Interest:  River City Bangkok, Holy Rosary Church, Siam Commercial Bank, Thailand Creative And Design Center (TCDC), Wat Traimit Wittayaram.

With ICONSIAM officially opens, it is a new attraction and entertainment complex by the river. The shopping mall offers an impressive 525,000 square meters of retail floor space that basically has it all: SOOK Siam  is an indoor “floating market” with a lot of local food and handicrafts that you could now shop with the comfort of air conditioning; Icon Cineconic the cinema by Major Cineplex; Iconsiam Heritage Museum and a riverside park. ICONSIAM is a combination of two shopping malls, IconSiam and IconLuxe, while the former houses a great collection of fashion brands, the latter features the upscale luxury brands. This is also where the first Apple Store in Thailand!

Asiatique is one of my favorite shopping malls in Bangkok because it has a diversified and balanced product mix. To me, the fashion and accessories are more stylish, original, and in better quality (given that are at a very low price) than Chatuchak. They have other products like home décor, books, stationeries, and local snacks. I bought two coconuts at a store and now they have grown into small plants! There are a lot of exciting restaurants and bars lined up by the riverfront as well. The last time I was there in July, there was a Thai food festival pavilion with an array of Thai delicacies, and some really good live singing performance.

Looking for more? The shopping is filled with entertainment. It has a Ferris Wheel (which has a great view during sunset), Muay Thai Fighting show and Puppet Theatre.

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The House on Sathorn

After a day by the river, we headed to a fancy fine-dining experience. There are numerous high-end restaurants in the city, and it might take a long time to explore all of them. But anyway, I chose The House on Sathorn , which is located next to the W Hotel, and only two BTS stations away from the Taksin Bridge BTS station. The House of Sathorn is a beautiful colonial mansion date back to 1889 and it was once the Embassy of the Soviet Union. Now, it is retained and fully restored in front of the tallest building in Thailand, the MahaNakhon . The square prism shape of the building has gained a lot of attention since it’s opening in 2017.

The restaurant offers a seasonal menu, as the chef evolves and update the menu by choosing the best ingredients possible in the country. Luckily, we visited the restaurant with a new “journey” updated only a week ago. The flamboyant presentation and innovative combination of dishes pleasantly surprised me and enriched my culinary experience. The tasting menu includes some common ingredients like tomatoes, celeriac, tuna… and special ones like Andaman squid, Anjou pigeon and so on. The highlight was definitely the dessert, which was prepared in innovative ways and elegantly presented that made me wonder.

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Thonburi Railway Station

Points of Interest:   Siriraj Bmuksthan Museum, Wang Lang Market, the Royal Barge Museum  

Points of Interest: Banglumpoo Market, Khao San Road, Rattanakosin Exhibition Hall, Phra Sumen Fort, National Theatre

Somehow we were so excited that night and even though we went out for the whole day, we still manage to change and grabbed a drink at the Sky Bar at the Dome – one of the first rooftop bars in Bangkok, and (they claim themselves to be) the highest rooftop bar in the world. Although more and more rooftop bars are opened around the city, the bar has its special standing among them all.

Remember the bar is quite popular (given that a glass of drink at the bar is not cheap), and visitors need to make a reservation – it is almost impossible to walk in; besides, they have a strict dress code where revealing clothes, shorts, and flip-flops would not be welcomed. The Sky Bar has different areas from dining, drinking, to lounge. Since we just had an amazing fine dining experience, we just stood at the bar and enjoyed the city’s night view and the cooling breeze. All of a sudden, there were fireworks exploded on the river and we had a great time looking at them exploding below us. An amazing wrap up of our day by the river in Bangkok.

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Chao Phraya Express Boat: Bangkok River Boats

Water transport still plays an important role in transportation system of Bangkok , city known as the “Venice of the East”. As a tourist, you can charter a boat and explore Bangkok’s canals or join one of river cruises  on the mighty Chao Phraya River. However, the most fun way of exploring the waterways of Thai capital is joining locals on public transportation  and jumping on one of Bangkok river boats also known as  Chao Phraya Express Boat  is the easiest way to do that.

Bangkok River Boats - Chao Phraya Express Boat Service

Bangkok river boats operate along the Chao Phraya River and together with cross river ferries  connect both banks of the river in Thai capital. Chao Phraya Express Boat service is a very useful mean of transport not only for commuting in central part of the city but for sightseeing too as a big part of Bangkok’s top attractions  can be found by the river.

Bangkok River Boats - Chao Phraya Express Boat Service

Here you will find the most important information on how to use Bangkok river boats - Chao Phraya Express Boat .

Chao Phraya Express Boat Piers

Chao Phraya River piers that are used by Chao Phraya Express Boat service are clearly marked in Thai and English so there shouldn’t be problems with noticing signs leading to them.

Bangkok River Boats - Chao Phraya Express Boat Service

Chao Phraya Express Boat service operates at more than 40 piers along the Chao Phraya River. The main hub of Bangkok river boats is the Central Pier which is called Sathorn Pier or Taksin Bridge Pier. Sathorn Pier is conveniently connected with BTS  Saphan Taksin station and can be easily reached from anywhere in Bangkok by using city trains.

Most of Chao Phraya River piers are numbered for the convenience of passengers. Piers to the north of Central Pier are marked with ‘N’ and ascending numbers. Piers to the south of Central Pier are marked with ‘S’ and ascending numbers. However, lately they added more piers and they are known only by name and not number. New piers are used by Chao Phraya Tourist Boat service only with an exception of Wat Arun Pier.

Bangkok River Boats - Chao Phraya Express Boat Service

Full list of Chao Phraya Express Boat piers is as follows (South to North):

  • Asiatique The Riverfront Pier – open-air shopping mall Asiatique the Riverfront
  • S3 / Wat Rajsingkorn Pier
  • S2 / Wat Worachanyawas Pier
  • S1 /Wat Sawetachat Pier
  • Central Pier / Sathorn Pier – connection with BTS  Saphan Taksin station
  • N1 / Oriental Pier
  • N2 / Wat Muang Kae Pier
  • N3 / Si Phraya Pier
  • ICONSIAM Pier – the newest shopping mall ICONSIAM
  • River City Pier – shopping complex River City specializing in arts and antiques
  • N4 / Harbour Department Pier
  • Lhong 1919 Pier - 19th century Chinese mansion Lhong 1919
  • N5 / Rachawongse Pier – Chinatown, Sampheng Market
  • N6 / Memorial Bridge Pier – Memorial Bridge
  • N6/1 / Pak Klong Talad Pier – Flower Market
  • N7 / Rajinee Pier – Ferry Crossing  to the Old Portuguese Quarter and Santa Cruz Church
  • Wat Arun Pier - Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)
  • N8 / Tha Tien Pier – Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
  • N9 / Tha Chang Pier – Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
  • Tha Maharaj Pier - Tha Maharaj shopping mall with open-air riverfront restaurants
  • N10 / Wang Lang (Prannok) Pier – Wang Lang Market
  • N11 / Thonburi Railway Station Pier – Bangkok Thonburi train station
  • N12 / Phra Pinklao Bridge Pier – National Museum of Royal Barges
  • N13 / Phra Athit Pier – Khao San Road
  • N14 / Rama 8 Bridge Pier – Rama 8 Bridge
  • N15 / Thewes Pier
  • N16 / Krung Thon Bridge (Sung Hi) Pier
  • N17 / Wat Thepnahree Pier
  • N17/1 / Wat Thepakorn Pier
  • N18 / Payap Pier
  • N19 / Irrigation Department Pier
  • N20 / Kheaw Khai Ka Pier
  • N21 / Kiak Kai Pier
  • N22 / Bang Po Pier
  • N23 / Wat Soi Thong Pier
  • N24 / Rama 7 Bridge Pier
  • N25 / Pibul 1 Pier
  • N26 / Wat Khema Pier
  • N27 / Wat Tuek Pier
  • N28 / Wat Khien
  • N29 / Pibul 2
  • N29/1 / Rama 5 Bridge Pier
  • N30 / Nonthaburi (Pibul 3) Pier
  • N31 / Ministry of Commerce Pier
  • N32 / Wat Klangkret Pier – Koh Kret
  • N33 / Pakkret Pier

Chao Phraya Express Boat Map

You can find Chao Phraya Express Boat map at the pier. However, the map might be a bit out-dated and missing newest additions to the route such as ICONSIAM Pier.

An edited version of Chao Phraya Express Boat map  can be seen in the picture below.

Bangkok River Boats - Chao Phraya Express Boat Service Map 2019

Types of Bangkok River Boats

There are 5 types of river express boats in Bangkok operated by the Chao Phraya Express Boat company. The types of boats are differentiated by the colour of the flag: Blue, Orange, Yellow, Green and Red Flag.

Different types of express boats stop at different piers along the way. Chao Phraya Express Boat routes can be seen in the picture below.

Bangkok River Boats - Chao Phraya Express Boat Service

Blue Flag Boat Bangkok - Chao Phraya Tourist Boat

Blue Flag is a Chao Phraya Tourist Boat service running from Phra Arthit Pier to Sathorn Pier. During late afternoon hours (15:30 – 18:30) the route is extended all the way to Asiatique The Riverfront. Chao Phraya Tourist Boat route connects touristy district of Khao San Road (N13 / Phra Arthit Pier) with Thonburi Railway Station, Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Flower Market, Chinatown, ICONSIAM, BTS SkyTrain Saphan Taksin station and Asiatique the Riverfront .

Chao Phraya Tourist Boat route includes stops at the following piers:

  • Phra Arthit Pier
  • Prannok Pier
  • Tha Maharaj Pier
  • Tha Chang Pier
  • Tha Tien Pier (temporarily closed for renovation)
  • Wat Arun Pier
  • Pakklong Taladd (Yodpiman) Pier
  • Ratchawongse Pier
  • ICONSIAM Pier
  • Sathorn Pier (BTS Saphan Taksin)
  • Asiatique (only late afternoon and evening)

Chao Phraya Tourist Boat is one of the best ways to explore Bangkok’s attractions along the Chao Phraya River as you can use it not only for single trips but also as a hop on hop off service. Some of them even offer an open deck!

Bangkok River Boats - Chao Phraya Express Boat Service

Orange Flag Boat Bangkok

Orange Flag is the most frequent express boat service running all the way from Nonthaburi Pier (N30) to Wat Rajsingkorn Pier (S3). Orange Flag boat costs less and is a good alternative to the pricier tourist boat.

Bangkok River Boats - Chao Phraya Express Boat Service

Yellow Flag, Green Flag & Red Flag Boats

Yellow Flag is the express service running from Nonthaburi Pier (N30) to Sathorn Pier (Central). This express boat service operates on weekdays and during rush hour only.

Green Flag boats run from Pakkret Pier (N33) to Sathorn Pier (Central) but they are even less than frequent than Yellow Flag boats and also operate on weekdays and during rush hour only.

Red Flag express boats operate between Nonthaburi Pier (N30) to Sathorn Pier (Central) only on weekdays and during rush hour only.

Cross River Ferries

Chao Phraya Express Boat services are complemented by Bangkok’s cross river ferries available in most of the main piers for crossing to the opposite bank of the river. More info about Chao Phraya River crossing can be found here: Bangkok Cross River Ferries .

Chao Phraya Express Boat Fare

Chao Phraya Express Boat fare depends on the service you are using:

  • Orange Flag boat fare is 16 Baht for a single trip
  • Yellow Flag boat fare is 21 Baht for a single trip
  • Green Flag boat fare depends on the distance and is 14/21/33 Baht for a single trip
  • Red Flag boat fare is 30 Baht for a single trip
  • Blue Flag - Chao Phraya Tourist Boat fare is 200 Baht for one day pass ( cheaper tickets can be purchased online here: Chao Phraya Tourist Boat tickets ). It is also possible to buy a ticket for a single trip on this boat that costs 60 Baht.

Chao Phraya Express Boat ticket can be bought at the desks found at the pier. Normally separate desks are set up for different boat services.

Bangkok River Boats - Chao Phraya Express Boat Service

In general it is possible to buy a ticket on board as well but it’s definitely not recommended unless there’s no other option available.

Operating time

Operating time and frequency of Chao Phraya Express boats depends on the service:

  • Blue Flag - Chao Phraya Tourist Boat operates daily from 08:30 to 19:15, frequency – every 30 minutes
  • Orange Flag boat operates daily, on weekdays from 06:00 to 18:10, on Saturdays and public holidays from 07:30 to 17:45, on Sundays from 09:00 to 17:45, frequency – every 15 to 30 minutes
  • Yellow Flag boats operate Monday – Friday from 06:00 to 08:10 in the morning and from 17:10 to 19:05 in the afternoon, frequency – every 10 to 25 minutes in the morning and every 10 to 30 minutes in the afternoon
  • Green Flag boats operate Monday – Friday from 06:00 to 07:50 in the morning and from 15:45 to 17:45 in the afternoon, frequency – every 15 to 30 minutes
  • Red Flag boats operate Monday – Friday from 06:50 to 07:40 in the morning and from 16:00 to 17:30 in the afternoon, frequency – every 15 to 35 minutes

Taking Bangkok River Boat

Once the boat arrives at the pier, make sure that it’s going into the right direction as the same pier is used for boats going both ways. Stand in a queue and let arriving passengers to leave the boat.

As the entry/exit of the boat is at the rear, move towards the front of the boat unless you are planning to get off the boat at the next stop. Go to the back of the boat only when your stop approaches.

Bangkok River Boats - Chao Phraya Express Boat Service

What is the best area to stay in Bangkok  if you are willing to use river boats as your main mode of transportation in Bangkok? The answer can be found here:  Where to Stay in Bangkok .

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River Cruise on Chao Phraya River

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Rivers running through cities are particularly fascinating, and Bangkok's Chao Phraya River is no exception. The piers along the river are the busiest parts of the city, and it is where some of the most famous attractions, restaurants, shops, and hotels are located.

Taking a cruise on the river is your chance to see a different side of Bangkok, to explore the city in a more fascinating way. The boat slowly travels on the river, while you watch theGrand Palace, the Temple of Dawn and other famous sights go by… and you enjoy a lovely buffet and some good live music − the perfect escape from the bustling city!

Read our brief guide and learn more about cruises on the Chao Phraya River.

  • Admire the breathtaking skyline of Bangkok from Chao Phraya River.
  • Enjoy the slow pace of the luxurious boat floating on the quiet waters of the river.
  • While listening to live music and indulging in delicious food and drink.
  • Stop at the many piers to see Bangkok's most interesting attractions.

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Bangkok was founded near a river because the site was fertile and had plenty of fish. In 1782, King Rama I founded modern Bangkok on the eastern banks (more favorable to the development of the city) and built some striking temples you can still admire today. 

The Chao Phraya River became more and more famous, praised by famous travelers like Joseph Conrad, who gave to Bangkok the epithet of "Venice of the East".

The river cruise is about 21 km long, and it will let you admire some of the most beautiful attractions of Bangkok's landscape. Be sure not to miss the many wats, like the famous Wat Arun, or Temple of Dawn, lit at night for a unique view; or Wat Pho, located within the Grand Palace.

There are many piers along the river, each one of them with its own attractions and points of interest. Cruises usually depart from pier 1, Siphraya, and will slowly wind their way along the river going north, arriving at the River City Pier. The trip usually laststwo hours, and you will be entertained with live music while eating from a delicious buffet.

As said above, the route along the Chao Phraya River has many piers on both sides. Each pier is characterized by some peculiar attractions, and all of them see plenty of shops, restaurants, and hotels. You can check the piers you are interested in and then take ferries to move from one to the other.

Sathorn (Central Pier)

One of the major piers in Bangkok, Sathorn, is the place to go for business hotels, high-end restaurants, and shops – there is an infinite choice of shopping places. From here, it is also extremely easy to reach Silom Road and Sathorn Road, two of the busiest streets of the city.

Besides, you will also find one of the botanical parks of Bangkok there, the Lumpini Park. There you can visit the artificial lake, go to the fitness center, or just wander around the green area – a nice break from the concrete jungle.

Oriental is characterized by a colonial atmosphere and some unique buildings you won't easily find in the rest of the city. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok is a luxurious hotel, ideal for an afternoon tea at the Author's Lounge or a spa treatment.

If you like antiques, visit O.P. Place, a European-style structure, filled with boutiques selling artifacts, silk, furniture, jewelry, and much more.

When walking near Rachawong Road, be sure not to miss Chinatown, one of the most evocative neighborhoods of the whole city. It is your chance to buy some unusual souvenirs like: amulets, Canto Pop cassettes, Guan Yin statues, Chinese medical herbs, bird nest soup, and tons of other objects you won't be likely to find anywhere else.

And if you want to see a different kind of temple, visit Wat MangkonKalamawat, a Chinese temple with Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist shrines.

Memorial Bridge

By stopping at the Memorial Bridge, you will have the chance to visit an interesting historical place:the King Rama I Monument, a huge statue celebrating the founder of the Chakri dynasty.

For more mundane activities, you can visit Pak Khlong Talad, Bangkok's biggest 24-hour flower market (just 10 minutes away from the pier); SaphanPhut Night Market; or Little India, famous for its Hindu iconography.

Tha Tien feels like an obligatory stop, since there you can visit Wat Pho, one of the most important temples of the city. It is located close to the Grand Palace, and its most striking feature is the huge statue of the reclining Buddha.

When you cross the river you will find Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn, a majestic temple that dominates Bangkok's skyline.

Tha Chang is full of things to do and see. The area is brimming with nostalgic atmosphere and shops dating back to King Rama V. The market on Maharaj Road sells everything, from false teeth to Buddhist amulets.

You can also visit Wat PhraKaew and Wat Mahathat, the holiest temples of the city; the Grand Palace and the National Museum.

Right in front of the pier, you can buy a delicious snack from the dozens of street vendors selling authentic Thai snacks.

A cruise lasts usually between2 and 3.5 hours. The boat will slowly drift along the Chao Phraya River, giving you all the time to admire the outside scenery and take some stunning pictures.

What You Can Expect

A private car or van will pick you up at your hotel to bring you directly to the pier, where the boat will wait for you. The staff will welcome you with a fresh cocktail and, at nighttime, the boat will start the tour.

You will enjoy a romantic dinner, surrounded by some of the most famous attractions in Bangkok, wrapped in the special evening atmosphere.

Cruise Itinerary

Starting from Pier 1, you will travel northward, passing by the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Bang Khunprom Palace, Wat PhraKaew, and many other attractions – all of them lit in a fascinating way, perfect to snap some amazing pictures!

At the end of the tour a driver will drive you back to your hotel.

Entertainment and Fun

The atmosphere on the boat is relaxed, fun, and casual. For the whole cruise, you will be delighted by some exceptional live music that will provide the perfect background to the scenery in front of you. Other entertainers will perform as well, with short, fun shows.

Facilities and Service

As said, most cruises offer pick up and drop off service, so you won't have to worry about finding the boat or being late.

Some cruises include a candlelight buffet dinner with Thai and International dishes, while other offer a bigger buffet, always including Thai and International food. You can sit inside the dining room or outside for a better view.

There are many different agencies operating on the river, so it is important to choose the right one.

Before buying your ticket, the most important thing you have to check is what is included.Pick up, drop-off and dinner should always be included in the ticket price. Double checking this will avoid lots of problems and unexpected expenses.

Check also the duration (not less than 2 hours) and the itinerary, to be sure you will pass by all the major attractions. Unfortunately, some boats don't have access for wheelchairs; so, if you need it, be sure to ask beforehand.

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Complete Guide for Chao Phraya Express Boats

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How to Use the Chao Phraya Express Boat

Five different Chao Phraya Express Boat lines are available for transport. You can purchase your ticket onboard or on the pier. I’d recommend taking the orange line and paying the ฿15 Baht fee on the boat. Don’t worry if you don’t have exactly ฿15 Baht, they will have exact change. The blue line (tourist boat) is a rip-off and I would avoid using it.

If you’re a tourist, you will have the easiest and most affordable experience by taking the orange line. Avoid the blue line (tourist boat) unless you want an English narration for sites along the river. The orange line stops at all of the popular tourist destinations, has more boats in operation, and costs much less.

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On the orange line, you can travel all the way to Nonthaburi (Pier N30) and back for less than $1 USD. This is a great way to see the city and has beautiful views. You can also hop off at certain piers for sight-seeing and then re-board and pay the fee of ฿15 Baht.

All five lines stop at different piers, so if you’re planning to visit a certain location you need to know which line to board. Here are the 5 different lines. All except the local line are identified by a colored flag:

How Much Is the Chao Phraya Express Boat?

  • Blue Line: 1 trip = ฿60 Baht, day pass = ฿200 Baht
  • Orange Line: 1 trip = ฿15 Baht
  • Local Line (no color): ฿10-20 Baht
  • Green Line: 1 trip = ฿13-32 Baht
  • Yellow Line: 1 trip = ฿20-29 Baht

The local, green, and yellow lines only runs during morning and evening rush hours. I’ll go into further details below:

Chao Phraya Express Boat Operating Hours

Chao phraya express boat map (downtown bangkok).

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Chao Phraya Express Routes

How to get to the chao phraya river, from the bts.

I’ve written an entire guide on using the BTS and the only stop that intersects with the Chao Phraya River is the Saphan Taksin Station along the Silom Line. Get off at Saphan Taksin and head a bit west (you’ll see the pier from the station). The pier is called Sathorn Pier (Central).

Things to Do Near the Chao Phraya River

If you’re looking for the most popular tourist locations, they are:

  • The Grand Palace (Tha Chang/Maharaj Pier)
  • Wat Arun (Tha Tien Pier)
  • Wat Pho (Tha Tien Pier)
  • Wang Lang Market (Wang Lang Pier)
  • Chinatown (Rajchawongse Pier)

If arriving at the Sathorn Pier from the BTS, there’s a decent temple that’s about 500 feet south of the pier in the same block called Wat Yannawa. If you have a bit of time it might be worth checking out.

From the pier you can mainly go north. Going south only has a few stops, the main attraction being Asiatique.

Asiatique is a popular tourist location that combines dining, shopping, and sight-seeing. It has tons of great food options (might be a bit pricey) with Thai shows, a ferris wheel, and boxing. It’s a pretty good area for night life as well. The shows are really cool if you’re into live theatre.

If you’re headed north, here are some stops in order and some of the sites at each stop:

Sathorn Pier (Central)

  • Wat Yannawa: Beautiful and unique boat-shaped temple just a bit south east of the pier. I like this temple since it’s not too busy or crowded with tourists. It also has a beautiful roof.
  • Bangrak Bazaar: This food and indoor market has numerous tasty Thai foods for low prices. As a place that’s always packed with locals, you know the food will be good.

Oriental (N1)

  • Assumption Cathedral: Beautiful Catholic church located near the pier with a 10 AM English mass on Sunday morning. Well-known for the beautiful architecture, this is a decent spot to check out not too far off the pier.
  • The Bamboo Bar: A really impressive jazz bar with amazing service and live performances. If you love jazz, the bamboo bar is a must-see spot and opens up around 5 PM.
  • O.P Place Shopping Centre: Filled with antique shops, boutiques, and shopping complexes, this European-style building houses many unique artifacts. Be prepared to pay high prices for Khmer museum-quality pieces or just check them out!
  • Wat Suan Phlu: Pagoda style temple with a reclining Buddha. Might be a little out of the ways from the pier, but if you’re visiting some of the other sites around here might be worth checking out.
  • State Tower: 64-floor skyscraper with a famous sky bar on top where the movie Hangover 2 filmed a scene. Very expensive, drinks can run $30 a pop, so I’d avoid it unless the view is worth it to you.

Lines: Local, Orange, Blue

Wat Muang Kae (N2)

  • Go Beyond Asia: There’s a hub near this pier for Go Beyond Asia – an all-around tour company that has some unique offerings. They have cooking classes, bike tours, hiking, and much more.
  • Cotton House: If you’re looking unique Thai attire, this place offers very well-reviewed products. From tailored suits, shirts, blouses, etc., they’ll measure you up and ship you perfectly-fit clothing with a unique appeal.
  • Serindia Gallery: Located just south of the Cotton House, Serindia Gallery offers art exhibits that focus on photography and paintings. Offers an interesting look at the history of Bangkok.
  • Diamonds of Eden: Custom jewelry designed exclusively for you. Includes engagement rings, earrings, necklaces, etc.

Lines: Local

Si Phraya (N3)

  • ICONSIAM: Massive shopping mall along the far banks of the river. You’ll need to take a ferry across the river to access the mall, but it is well worth it for tourism.
  • Various dinner cruises are offered at this stop. Dinner cruises are a great experience that allows you to view the city from the river while enjoying a nice meal for about $40 USD.
  • The Spa at Royal Orchid Sheraton: A hotel, spa, restaurant with a view all in one. Offers great Thai massages, for more detail about Thai massages click here .
  • Om Fashion and Silk Custom Tailor: Also located at the Royal Orchid Sheraton, this tailor has over 20 years experience and focuses on suits with great prices and workmanship.
  • Warehouse 30: Not much to see here, but great for grabbing coffee. There’s also a place called Erb Spa which is a great place to grab an oil massage.

Lines: Local, Orange, Yellow, Green

Marine Dept (N4)

  • River City shopping mall: has become a major art center in Bangkok. Contains many small and mega shows, with traveling exhibitions scheduled year-round. Also has nice restaurants and shopping.

Lines: Local, Orange

Rajchawongse (N5)

  • Chinatown: Popular and very crowded area with cheap eats and souvenirs. Considered by most to be a must-see stop filled with bustling street life and beautiful small temples along the roads and alleyways.

Memorial Bridge (N6)

  • King Rama I Monument: Beautiful monument of King Rama I riding an elephant. It is said that many people have their wishes come true here.
  • Park/Sky Park: Many markets and small eating places nearby, so this is a good and busy place to stop. Great area to visit at night.
  • Saphan Phut Night Market

Lines: Local, Orange, Blue stops at Yodpiman nearby

Rajinee (N7)

  • MRT Sanam Chai Station
  • Chinatown vegetable market (Pak Khlong Market)

Tha Tien (N8) (Most Popular Stop):

  • Wat Phra Cetuphon: AKA Wat Pho – has the famous reclining Buddha. If you only visit one temple in Thailand, visit here to see the beauty and architecture. Stop is close to the pier but crowded so be prepared.
  • Wat Arun: Wat Arun is one of the most famous temples in Thailand. You’ll need to take a ferry across the river to get here, but it’s well worth the trip. Ferry ride costs about ฿4 Baht per person. At night this place is lit up and it’s absolutely great.
  • Siam Museum: One of the most popular museums in Bangkok with many interactive exhibits. Covers a lot of different aspects of Thai culture and beliefs including “What is Thai-ness”.
  • Bangkok Tuk Tuk Tours by Feel Good: A bit of a walk south from the pier, but might be a good one-time Tuk Tuk experience if you’ve never had one. A good option for tours at this location since there is less traffic, but be aware of the safety risks of Tuk Tuks that I’ve outlined here . I’d recommend taking this tour at night if you’re thinking about it.
  • Clay pot Thai Cooking Mate (Cooking Class): An interesting cooking class that gives you a feel for purchasing foods from the local market and cooking with a local Thai chef.
  • Pijiu Bar: Nice little beer bar close to the pier, good place for to grab a quick pint and head off to Wat Arun or The Grand Palace.

Tha Chang (N9)

  • The Grand Palace complex: One of the most popular tourist locations and historical sites. I don’t like the fees charged to tourists here, which are ฿500 Baht per person. Thai citizens can enter free. Be aware of the dress code which requires shoulders and legs to be covered. Garments are available to rent for a small price.
  • Pier Market: Great place to stop for local food right in front of the pier.

Lines: Local, Orange, Green

  • Pretty much the same as Tha Chang, check out The Grand Palace by stopping here.

Lines: Blue

Wang Lang (N10)

  • Wang Lang Market: Completely local market near the station, great place to stop if you’ve never seen a bustling local Thai market. It has all sorts of goods for sale from food to cook ware and souvenirs.
  • Tha Maharaj: You’ll have to take a ferry across the river to get here, but this open market near the river is a beautiful place to get street food or pick up some souvenirs.

Lines: Local, Orange, Green, Yellow

Thornburi Railway (N11)

  • A good place to pass-by and check out the trains
  • Siriraj Medical Museum: A bit of an unusual site but has a fascinating display of Thai historical medicine and healthcare. Has a lot of different exhibits and overall recommended if you’re not squemish.

Phra Pin Klao Bridge (N12)

  • Not much recommended to do here

Phra Arthit (N13)

  • Santi Chai Prakan Public Park with Phra Sumen Fort: This beautiful park has a nice riverside view with an 18th century fortress.
  • Pipit Banglamphu History Museum: Learn all you can about the history of Bangkok past and present along with a couple extra bits (coin minting and crafts). A nice museum with very low cost (฿30 Baht) that includes guided tours with English speakers).

Rama VIII Bridge (N14)

  • Beautiful place to walk at night with a wide view of the river from the bridge.

Thewes Pier (N15)

  • Wat Makut Kasatriyaram Ratchaworavihan: Nice clean temple not overcrowded with tourists. Memorial site for King Rama IV and built with grandeur and architectural savvy. Decorated with royal artistry paintings.

You can continue down the river from here, but the major sites are behind. It’s very relaxing riding to the end and back just for the views. Enjoy

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The 12-kilometer banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River is home to a handful of noteworthy attractions and places of interest for travelers. Taking a Chao Phraya river ferry and visiting these attractions is one of the most popular things to do in Bangkok . In this blog, we suggest a full-day do-it-yourse lf Chao Phraya r iver s ightseeing i tinerary which covers both famous tourist attractions and hidden cultural neighborhoods in Bangkok’s Old City. If you’re ready, r ead on!

Which River Ferries to Take on   a Self-Guided   Chao Phraya River Sightseeing   Trip?

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You want to start at Sathorn Pier (Saphan Taksin BTS Station, Exit 2), the major pier on the Chao Phraya River. The bustling pier is heavily trafficked by passenger boats. It serves hotel ferries, the Asiatique ferry, and Chao Phraya Express Boats, all of which have their own piers. You want to use Chao Phraya Express Boat service. The company offers 5 types of boats: Orange Flag, Yellow Flag, Green Flag, Blue Flag (Tourist Boat), and No Flag (Local Line). Each type has its own routes and makes different stops. Look for the tiny triangle flags at the roofs of the boats.

Chao Phraya Express Boats sign | Chao Phraya River Sightseeing | Bangkok Food Tours

On the pier, you will see the kiosk selling One-Day River Pass ( ฿ 180), which is the ticket for the Tourist Boat stopping at major tourist attractions. Tour guides are available onboard. The One-Day River Pass is good if you want to stay on a tourist path. But we suggest you get off the beaten tourist path by following our itinerary and not taking the Blue Flag boats.

Chao Phraya Express Boat Routes | Chao Phraya River Sightseeing | Bangkok Food Tours

Fares of Orange Flag and Yellow Flag boats are ฿ 15 and ฿ 20, respectively, per trip. Fares of the No Flag and Green Flag boats depend on distance travelled (between ฿ 9 and ฿ 35). The fares are paid at the booth before boarding or to the staff once you’re onboard. Of all the 4 types, the Orange Flag boats are your best bet. They stop at all the most popular piers, and run every 10 to 20 minutes from 6am to 7pm.

One Day Self-Guided Chao Phraya River Sightseeing Itinerary

*Always take an Orange-Flag Boat

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Briefly about Each Attractions on the  Chao Phraya River Sightseeing  Itinerary

1. wat arun temple.

Wat Arun courtyard | Chao Phraya River Sightseeing | Bangkok Food Tours

The temple is the most visually striking landmark towering over the Chao Phraya River. The central prang or stupa, standing 80 meters tall, is intricately decorated with colorful pieces of porcelain. The porcelain was used as ballasts in boats traveling to Bangkok from China. You can climb up to the middle level of the central prang and be rewarded with a beautiful view of the river. You can even see the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, your next stop, from here.

Giant statues at Wat Arun | Chao Phraya River Sightseeing | Bangkok Food Tours

Another photo spot is the big giant sculptures that guard the main entrance to the ubosot. These giants are characters from Ramayana, an ancient Indian epic that has a heavy influences on Thai art. If you want to visit this temple, Wat Pho, and other iconic attractions in Bangkok’s Old City on a Tuk Tuk, have a look at The Bangkok Highlights Tour . 

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2. Wat Pho Temple

Reclining Buddha Wat Pho | Chao Phraya River Sightseeing | Bangkok Food Tours

Wat Pho is one of the largest temple complexes in Bangkok. It’s a 10-minute walk from the Grand Palace. The must see here is the reclining Buddha that measures 46 meters long. The statue is covered in gold leaf. Behind the ubosot, stand 4 looming pagodas dedicated to the first 4 kings of Bangkok. The pagodas are decorated with colorful tiles. Wat Pho is a great place to take traditional Thai massage. It could be a bit pricey. But the service is provided by really skillful masseuses.

Rue-si Datton statues Wat Pho | Chao Phraya River Sightseeing | Bangkok Food Tours

In the courtyards of Wat Pho, there are comical looking Chinese statues. They were used as ballasts in boats from China. Rue-si Datton statues elaborate yoga postures used along with Thai massage trainings.

4 King Pagodas Wat Pho | Chao Phraya River Sightseeing | Bangkok Food Tours

3. Museum Siam 

Museum Siam exterior | Chao Phraya River Sightseeing | Bangkok Food Tours

The museum is set in a beautiful yellow historic building served for Ministry of Commerce. Via fun interactive exhibitions, you can learn about Thai identity, history of the people of Thailand, and Thailand’s relationships with neighboring cultures. Check their   website and   Facebook page for upcoming events to plan your visit to the museum.

4. Wang Lang Market

Wang Lang Market atmosphere | Chao Phraya River Sightseeing | Bangkok Food Tours

Wang Lang is a traditional and authentic market appealing to locals. There are hardly any tourists here. You’ll find stalls selling local clothing, cheap beauty and fashion products, but will be overwhelmed by street food carts and local restaurants. From meat skewers, to rice with assortments, noodles, Pad Thai, Thai-style Sushi, a variety of traditional Thai desserts and more. It’s best to visit before 2pm when the market starts to die down. For a complete guideline of what to eat at Wang Lang Market, click here. Wang Lang Market is featured in our Thonburi Food & Canals Adventure Tour . 

5. Kudee Jeen Village

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This historic village is known as a community where Thai people of 3 beliefs live together in harmony: Catholic, Muslim, and Taoism. Upon arrival from the river promenade, you’ll be greeted by the beautiful Santa Cruz church built around 1770. To your right (facing the church), is a maze-like alleys of the village residential area. You may allow yourself to get lost here or find Kudee Jeen Soi 3 (Alley 3) to visit Baan Kudichin Museum . The house-turned-museum displays an exhibition of Portuguese settlers in Siam, an ancient Thai kingdom, and old artifacts of the house owner. The Catholic residents of this village are descendants of these Portuguese people.

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Back on the promenade, there is a Taoist shrine, Kian Un Keng, dedicated to the Goddess Guanyin. The shrine’s courtyard is very peaceful. The Muslim quarter is called Kudee Khao and is located across Arun Amarin road, away from the river. If you want a guided tour through Kudee J een Village, check out this tour .

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6. The Memorial Bridge & Pak Klong Talad Flower Market

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The green metal Memorial Bridge is a good spot to catch sunsets over the winding Chao Phraya river though it’s not that high. Next to it is Bangkok’ s biggest flower market that opens 24 hours but is busy and more colorful at night. You’ll enjoy the bustling scene of trolleys transporting piles of flowers and vendors calling out for customers go about their business. The flowers here are sold to retailers around the city, and to flower vendors located nearby Buddhist temples. The flower market is featured in our popular tour Best Eats Midnight Food Tour by Tuk Tuk . 

7. Chinatown

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The famous street food market of Bangkok, Chinatown becomes alive in the evening when sidewalks are occupied by food vendors and pop-up restaurants. If you’re not after the best restaurants in Chinatown, you’ll find food from any vendors satisfying. Everything is literarily tasty in Chinatown. For seafood, try the famous T & K or Lek & Rat, their competitor. They sit opposite to each other on Phadung Dao Rd. For Dim Sum, try The Canton House  But if you’re after the restaurants known by locals to serve the best specialty, or prefer a guided experience, you’d better join a walking food tour in Chinatown . 

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Sightseeing Along The Chao Phraya River by Boat in Bangkok

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  • Post published: December 1, 2012
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I planned to visit the fascinating Chao Phraya River and surrounding attractions by tourist boat. As a first-timer in Bangkok, this is one of the sightseeing trips that should be on the top of anyone’s to-do list. I covered a lot of historical attractions along the river, such as temples, museums, grand palace, China town, little India, night markets, restaurants with a great view, and so much more. It may take at least a day or even two if you like to cover them all.

Since I stayed in the Sukhumvit area in Bangkok, it was easy for me to take the BTS Sukhumvit Line (Skytrain) from Asok station and then transfer to BTS Silom Line at Siam station and get off at Saphan Taksin station. It was much easier to get there by Skytrain than taking a taxi. One way to the Saphan Taksin Station cost me only 42 baths.

Stared My Boat Trip from Central Pier (Sathorn)

Once you get off at Saphan Taksin Skytrain (BTS) Station, just follow the Sathorn pier (Central) sign. From here, you have access to Shangri-La Bangkok, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok, Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa, and The Peninsula Bangkok. 

In addition to Tourist boats, a Shuttle boat is also available to the Asiatique Riverfront Bangkok’s most modern night market by the river.

boat trip along the chao phraya river

It was early December morning. Despite the intense sunlight, the temperature was comfortable, with a mild wind blowing to cool us off, a perfect day for a boat trip. As I planned to make frequent stops in between piers so decided to get on to the Tourist Boat, which offers unlimited trips to main piers for a 200 bath flat fee ( US$ 1 = 34 bath) which runs every 30 minutes interval.

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Oriental Pier (N1)

I am taking a tourist boat to explore the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. From here visit Bamboo Bar in Mandarin Oriental Hotel, a great place to visit. Close to the French embassy. 

boat trip along the chao phraya river

Si Phraya Pier (N3)

If you are interested in a high-end shopping mall, this is where to get off and head towards River City. Also, Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Millennium Hilton Hotel are right there. A few minutes walk from this pier will take you to the Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), which is well known for its 3-meter tall, 5.5 tonnes solid gold Buddha image, one of the largest Golden Buddha images in the world. 

boat trip along the chao phraya river

Ratchawongse Pier (N5)

If you are interested in visiting China Town, this is the pier you need to get off. Head towards Ratchawong road for cheap clothes, food, and many more. Visit a popular tourist destination, the Wat Chakrawatrachawat Woramahawihan, an ancient temple dating from the Ayuttaya period.

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Memorial Bridge/Saphan Phut (N6)

Once you get off here, you can visit Saphan Phut Night Market, Bangkok’s largest flower and fruit market, King Rama I Monument, and Little India.

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Tha Tien Pier (N8)

Get off here and visit the Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or visit Wat Phra Chetuphon, located behind the Temple of Emerald Buddha, a must-see for any first-time visitor in Bangkok. Exploring the Tien market is another option for a great sunset view, especially in the evening. Finally, watch the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) from one of the many waterfront restaurants with a viewing deck. People also take the river-ferry to cross the river to visit the magnificent Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) 

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Tha Chang Pier (N9)

This is the pier to get off if you want to visit the Grand Palace or the Wat Phra Kaew, commonly known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. 

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Wang Lang (Siriraj) Pier (N10)

The Royal Barge Museum is only half a mile away from this pier, where you can see fabulously gilded barges. Likewise, the temple of the Bells (Wat Rakhang Kositaram) is a short walk away. 

Phra Athit Pier (N13)

Get off here if you like to visit Khao San Road, famous for the night market, Indian food, Phra Sumane Fort, Banglumpoo Market. Ideal stop to visit Wat Chana Songkram (royal temple).

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You can keep going further north if time permits, get off at King Rama VIII Bridge (N14), Thewet (N15), and Nonthaburi (N30) to discover the surroundings. Each stop has something to surprise you. 

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Things to Do on Chao Phraya River Bangkok – Where to Stay, Cruise, Explore and Eat

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Things to do on Chao Phraya River Bangkok include hopping on and hopping off the public ferries to see the Thai capital’s breathtaking sights such as Wat Arun and explore off-the-beaten-track neighbourhoods, taking a canal tour by long-tail boat along the lesser-visited khlongs, and savouring traditional food on a secret river island.

When we first visited Thailand over 20 years ago, we made a beeline for Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, hopped on a ferry and hopped off along the way to explore Chinatown, the Flower Market, Little India, the many glittering temples and Grand Palace, and the dimly lit Amulet Market.

Exploring the riverside and canals, whether by public ferry, private long-tail boat or on foot, is still one of our favourite things to do in Bangkok, but now we stroll lesser-visited neighbourhoods on the Thonburi side of the river and take excursions to Koh Kret, Bangkok’s secret island. We recommend you do the same on your next trip to the Thai capital.

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Things to Do on Chao Phraya River Bangkok – Where to Stay, Cruise, Explore, and Eat

One of the first things we ever did on our first visit to Thailand over 20 years ago was to ride the public ferries along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River. We’d hop off along the way to explore Chinatown, Little India and the Flower Market, sprawling Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo or Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and browse the dimly lit Amulet Market and fascinating shops dotted around that neighbourhood.

On subsequent trips to Bangkok, and years later when we lived in the Thai capital, we’d focus our attention more on the commercial districts of Siam, Sathorn and Silom, and the hip neighbourhoods off Sukhumvit Road, such as Thonglor and Ekkamai, our main interests being the restaurants, cafes, bars, and boutiques we were covering for magazines and guidebooks.

It’s only in recent years, frustrated by the traffic-clogged roads and gridlock, that we’ve found ourselves increasingly drawn back to the older parts of Bangkok and the bustling-by-day tranquil-by-night Chao Phraya River, which meanders through the Thai metropolis, snaking past of the city’s must-do sights, such as mosaic-covered Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn, and off-the-beaten-track areas, such as the petite Portuguese quarter.

Having experienced a renaissance of sorts in recent years, it’s a very different Chao Phraya River to the one we cruised all those years ago. Most of the dilapidated stilted houses that lined the riverbanks have been demolished, boardwalks now in their place. Empty plots of waterfront land now boast colossal shopping malls and luxury residential developments, when a park from which to enjoy the river flowing by might have been a better choice.

Yet there is still much to delight in if you ride the public ferry boats, alight to amble local neighbourhoods, leisurely explore the canals by longtail boat, and discover a secret island that even many Thai residents don’t know about.

These are some of the best things to do on Chao Phraya River Bangkok and they’re some of our favourite things to do.

Check into a Riverside Hotel on Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River

One of the first things to do on Chao Phraya River Bangkok is to check into a riverside hotel, preferably one you can arrive at by boat. The Mandarin Oriental is Bangkok’s oldest and one of its most luxurious hotels. Established as much more modest accommodations in 1876, it’s Author’s Wing has hosted writers such as Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Maugham.

A stylish boutique hotel Sala Rattanakosin is set in a row of remodelled shophouses a short walk from Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. Most of its 17 rooms boast breathtaking views of Wat Arun, and there are even more jaw-dropping vistas from the rooftop bar.

Nearby, in a restored 19th century shop-house, mid-range Arun Residence also overlooks Wat Arun and has magic vistas from its al fresco Thai restaurant.

Also close by, Chakrabongse Villas was built in 1908 by Prince Chakrabongse, whose granddaughter Narisa lives in the elegant main house while guests stay in one of seven different types of lodgings surrounding it. The Chinese Suite has direct access to the riverside swimming pool.

On the western bank, Praya Palazzo was home to Thai noble Praya Chollabhumipanish who commissioned the Italian Palladio style villa in 1923, a time when Italian architects such as Galileo Chini and Carlo Rigoli were building grand Italianate mansions for King Rama V. The 17 rooms have high ceilings with polished wooden floors and there’s a waterfront swimming pool.

Located on the riverside in the Dusit district, The Siam is an exclusive 39-room retreat designed by Southeast Asian starchitect Bill Bensley. Book Connie’s Cottage, a century-old traditional teak house shipped from Ayutthaya by late Thai silk tycoon Jim Thompson.

Cruise Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River By Public Ferry

So much has changed in the Thai capital since our first visit almost two decades ago, but one thing that hasn’t changed: one of the best things to do on Chao Phraya River Bangkok remains a cruise on the historic artery.

You can see the main sights on the original hop-on hop-off Chao Phraya Tourist Boat, but for a more local way of experiencing the river, board the Orange Flag Chao Phraya Express Boat, which departs from Sathorn Pier beneath Saphan Taksin BTS Station (take Exit 2), the main Chao Phraya River pier.

Note that there are five public boats with their own routes and different stops, each identified by coloured flags: Orange Flag, Yellow Flag, Green Flag, Blue Flag tourist boat, and No Flag local line. Look for the small triangle flags on the boats, except for the ‘No Flag’ boat, which obviously has no flag.

When you arrive at Sathorn/Saphan Taksin you’ll be bombarded by Blue Flag tourist boat ticket-sellers. Ignore them and make a beeline for the Orange Flag Chao Phraya Express Boat queue. Once on board, pay 15 baht (US$0.50) directly to the conductor and pay this again each time you board.

The Orange Flag boats depart every 10-20 minutes between 6am-7pm, stopping at the most popular piers for Bangkok’s must-do sights, as well as piers that provide access to lesser-visited local neighbourhoods.

Start around 9am or so and alight first at Wat Arun. After you’ve explored the temple, take the small cross-river boat (4 baht) to Tha Tien Pier #8 for Wat Pho and Siam Museum . When you’re done, head to Rajinee Pier #7 to re-board the boat and alight at Wang Lang or Pran Nok Pier #10 for lunch at Wang Lang Market .

After, return to the same pier to board the Orange Flag for Memorial Bridge Pier #6. Stroll across the bridge (also called Phra Phuttayotfa Bridge, Saphan Phut or Phut Bridge) to the historic Portuguese quarter for Santa Cruz Church and the Baan Kudichin Museum .

Backtrack across Memorial Bridge to visit Pak Klong Talad Flower Market and Yodpiman River Walk Mall. From here, Yodpiman Pier #6 will take you south to Rachawongse Pier #5, from where you can walk along Ratchawong Road to Yaowarat Road, Chinatown .

Explore Bangkok’s Khlongs on a Longtail Boat Canal Tour

Old Bangkok was called the Venice of the East for good reason – it was criss-crossed by khlongs (canals) – which makes exploring the khlongs one of the essential things to do on Chao Phraya River Bangkok. I get giddy thinking about the Thai capital’s transformation in just a century or so.

Bangkok has gone from a bustling little riverside town where residents went everywhere by boat to the metropolis that we know today with its tangle of overpasses and toll-ways.  Bangkok’s last major khlong was dug in 1895 and the khlong building period wound down by 1915, when these watery arteries began to get filled in and paved over to form roads.

These days you can count on both hands the number of khlongs left on the Chao Phraya River’s right bank – in Phra Nakhon, home to Rattanakosin Island, Dusit, Prom Prap Sattru Phai, and Samphanthawong – however, on the left bank, in the laid-back residential districts of Khlong San, Thonburi, Bangkok Yai and Bangkok Noi, khlongs still lace the area and are used by locals.

If you really want to immerse yourself in khlong life, check into canal-side lodgings, such as the charming Siam Motif Boutique Hotel , and you’ll see locals commuting to and from work by boat along Bangkok Noi canal in the mornings and early evenings.

One of best things to do on Chao Phraya River Bangkok to get a feel for how life must have been lived on the water is to do a khlong tour or hire a longtail boat for a private khlong tour. We’ve tried both.

The organised tours typically depart from Tha Chang or Si Phraya piers on the Chao Phraya River and might include a stop at Wat Arun and the Royal Barge Museum before cruising into Bangkok Noi canal.

Longer tours might also take in Bangkok Yai canal, the Artists House , an orchid farm and perhaps a floating market, and you can expect picturesque scenery like the lush vista in the image above.

On weekends, cruises include the Artists House and Taling Chan Floating Market . Some also take in Lat Mayom Floating Market. Convenient piers to hire a longtail boat for a private tour are Tha Tien and Tha Chang piers, where a regular public boat service operates from 6.30am-11pm every half hour or so, or when full for 30 baht per person.

Eat Your Way Around the Mon Island of Koh Kret

One of the most satisfying things to do on Chao Phraya River Bangkok is to eat your way around the  Mon island, Koh Kret (Koh Kred), which remains something of a delicious secret, overlooked by most visitors to Bangkok and even unknown to many Thais.

Home to a Mon community, the small Chao Phraya River island is much loved by Bangkokians for its traditional Mon food, as well as its Mon clay pottery and slow pace of life. There are just seven villages, no roads or cars, lush farmland fringed by palm trees, and a perimeter skirted by dilapidated wooden houses on stilts.

Hire a private longtail boat for a cruise around the island. A typical itinerary includes stops at a handicraft centre cum art gallery, a pottery shop and Ran Baan Khanom Wan or Thai Dessert House, where you can watch desserts being made and try some before you buy them.

After, take a stroll or bike ride to absorb everyday life (and work up your appetite for more eating). Expect to see ramshackle timber houses with washing hung between balconies, dogs dozing on doorsteps, locals throwing fishing lines into ponds, and sarong-clad women in straw hats tending to their fields.

Don’t miss the whitewashed 200 year-old Mon pagoda Wat Poramai Yikawat with a reclining Buddha and Ayutthaya-style murals.

On weekends and holidays, there’s a market where you can graze on street food, tropical fruit and kanom waan (sweet snacks), many of which are Portuguese influenced, such as foi thong, duck egg yolk shaped into golden yellow strands in boiling pandan-scented sugar syrup.

Travel to Koh Kret by public boat (approx. one hour) from Saphan Taksin pier. Take the green flag Chao Phraya Express Boat during peak hours (6.15-8am, 3.30-6pm; no service Sundays) to Pak Kret (pier N33) or orange or yellow flag Chao Phraya Express Boat to Nonthaburi (pier N30) the rest of the time.

Then walk 500 metres or so to Pak Kret or take an air-con van, public bus 32, taxi, or longtail boat river taxi. At Pak Kret, longtail boats shuttle visitors from Wat Sanam Neua pagoda across to the island every 5-10 minutes.

Last Published 3 July 2019; Updated and Re-Published 9 May 2023

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Are you looking for a unique and memorable way to explore Bangkok, the vibrant capital of Thailand? If so, you should not miss the opportunity to take a Chao Phraya River cruise , one of the most popular attractions in the city. A Chao Phraya River cruise will allow you to enjoy the scenic views of the river and the city skyline, as well as the rich culture and history of Bangkok. Whether you want to have a romantic dinner, a relaxing sightseeing, or a fun-filled adventure, there is a cruise for everyone. And the best part is, you can book your cruise with trip.com, the leading online travel platform that offers discounts, convenience, and customer service. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about the Chao Phraya River cruise and how to book it with trip.com.

Types of cruises available

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There are two main types of cruises available on the Chao Phraya River: dinner cruises and sightseeing cruises. Each type has its own features and benefits, depending on your preferences and needs. Here are some details about each type of cruise:

Dinner cruises

If you want to have a romantic and elegant evening with your loved one, a dinner cruise is the perfect choice for you. A dinner cruise will let you enjoy a delicious buffet of Thai and international cuisines, while listening to live music and watching the night lights of Bangkok. You will also get to see some of the most iconic landmarks along the river, such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Rama VIII Bridge. Some of the dinner cruises offered by trip.com are:

  • Chao Phraya Princess Cruise: This cruise will take you on a luxurious journey on a modern and spacious boat, with a capacity of up to 500 guests. You will be welcomed with a drink and a garland, and then you can feast on a variety of dishes, such as seafood, salads, soups, desserts, and more. You will also enjoy the entertainment of a live band and a singer, as well as a spectacular view of the river and the city. The cruise duration is 2 hours, and the price starts from RM 115 per person.
  • Chaophraya Cruise: This cruise will take you on a grand and elegant voyage on a classic and stylish boat, with a capacity of up to 290 guests. You will be greeted with a welcome drink and a snack, and then you can indulge in a sumptuous buffet of Thai and international cuisines, such as sushi, dim sum, roast duck, cakes, and more. You will also enjoy the entertainment of a live band and a singer, as well as a stunning view of the river and the city. The cruise duration is 2 hours, and the price starts from RM 125 per person.
  • Grand Pearl Cruise: This cruise will take you on a majestic and sophisticated journey on a large and luxurious boat, with a capacity of up to 350 guests. You will be treated with a welcome drink and a souvenir, and then you can savor a lavish buffet of Thai and international cuisines, such as grilled seafood, curries, pastas, ice cream, and more. You will also enjoy the entertainment of a live band and a singer, as well as a breathtaking view of the river and the city. The cruise duration is 2 hours, and the price starts from RM 135 per person.

Sightseeing cruises

If you want to have a relaxing and informative day with your family or friends, a sightseeing cruise is the ideal option for you. A sightseeing cruise will let you discover the historical and cultural heritage of Bangkok, as well as the natural beauty of the river. You will get to see some of the most famous attractions along the river, such as the Temple of Dawn, the Royal Barge Museum, and the Flower Market. You will also get to learn more about the history and culture of Bangkok, with the help of a guide or a commentary. Some of the sightseeing cruises offered by trip.com are:

  • Express Boat Pass: This pass will allow you to hop on and hop off the express boats that run along the Chao Phraya River, at any of the 13 piers. You can choose from four routes: orange, blue, green, and yellow, each with different stops and attractions. You can also enjoy the convenience of a free shuttle bus service between some of the piers and the BTS Skytrain stations. The pass is valid for one day, and the price is RM 15 per person.
  • Chao Phraya Tour Boat Pass: This pass will allow you to hop on and hop off the tour boats that run along the Chao Phraya River, at any of the 9 piers. You can choose from two routes: blue and purple, each with different stops and attractions. You can also enjoy the comfort of an air-conditioned boat, with a capacity of up to 180 guests. The pass is valid for one day, and the price is RM 25 per person.
  • One-day tour to the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market & Maeklong Railway Market: This tour will take you on a full-day excursion to two of the most famous markets in Thailand, the Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and the Maeklong Railway Market. You will get to experience the unique and colorful culture of Thailand, as you shop for local products, such as fruits, vegetables, souvenirs, and more. You will also get to ride a long-tail boat along the canals, and witness the amazing sight of a train passing through the middle of a market. The tour includes hotel pick-up and drop-off, a guide, a boat ride, and lunch. The tour duration is 8 hours, and the price starts from RM 95 per person.

Tips for choosing and enjoying the cruise

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Now that you know the types of cruises available on the Chao Phraya River, you might be wondering how to choose the best cruise for your needs and preferences. Here are some criteria and questions to help you decide:

  • Budget: How much are you willing to spend on the cruise? The prices of the cruises vary depending on the type, the duration, the service, and the inclusions.
  • Duration: How long do you want the cruise to last? The duration of the cruises range from 1 hour to 2 hours, depending on the type and the route.
  • Schedule: When do you want to take the cruise? The cruises operate at different times of the day, depending on the type and the route.
  • Theme: What kind of atmosphere do you want to enjoy on the cruise? The cruises have different themes, depending on the type and the service. You can choose from romantic, elegant, grand, relaxing, informative, or adventurous.

Once you have chosen the best cruise for you, you can book it with trip.com, the best platform to compare and book the cruises. Trip.com offers detailed information, reviews, and ratings for each cruise, so you can make an informed decision. Trip.com also offers secure payment, instant confirmation, and 24/7 customer service, so you can book with confidence and ease.

After you have booked the cruise with trip.com, you need to prepare and enjoy the cruise. Here are some tips and advice to help you have a smooth and enjoyable cruise experience:

  • Dress code: What should you wear on the cruise? The dress code of the cruises depends on the type and the service. For dinner cruises, you should wear smart casual attire, such as a shirt, trousers, or a dress. For sightseeing cruises, you can wear casual attire, such as a t-shirt, shorts, or a skirt. You should also wear comfortable shoes, and bring a jacket or a scarf in case it gets cold on the boat.
  • Weather: What is the weather like on the cruise? The weather of the cruises depends on the season and the time of the day. For dinner cruises, you can expect a pleasant and cool weather, as the sun sets and the breeze blows. For sightseeing cruises, you can expect a hot and humid weather, as the sun shines and the humidity rises. You should check the weather forecast before the cruise, and bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hat, or umbrella if needed.
  • Transportation: How do you get to and from the cruise? The transportation of the cruises depends on the type and the location. For dinner cruises, you can take a taxi, a tuk-tuk, or a BTS Skytrain to the pier, and then walk to the boat. For sightseeing cruises, you can take a taxi, a tuk-tuk, a BTS Skytrain, or a shuttle bus to the pier, and then board the boat. You should check the map and the directions before the cruise, and arrive at least 15 minutes before the departure time.
  • Safety: How do you stay safe on the cruise? The safety of the cruises depends on the type and the service. For dinner cruises, you should follow the instructions of the staff, and avoid leaning over the railing or walking on the boat, or walking around the boat. You should also wear a life jacket, and avoid drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs. For sightseeing cruises, you should follow the instructions of the guide, and respect the local customs and culture. You should also be careful of your belongings, and avoid touching or feeding the animals.

Go on an Adventure and Take a Cruise in Chao Phraya River Today!

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The Chao Phraya River cruise is a must-do experience in Bangkok, as it will give you a unique and memorable perspective of the city and the river. You can choose from a variety of cruises, depending on your preferences and needs. You can also book your cruise with trip.com, the best platform to compare and book the cruises. Trip.com will offer you discounts, convenience, and customer service, as well as detailed information, reviews, and ratings for each cruise. So what are you waiting for? Book your chao phraya river cruise with trip.com today, and enjoy the beauty and culture of Bangkok.

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Private Longtail Boat Chao Phraya River Tour up to 8 Persons

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Private Longtail Boat Chao Phraya River Tour up to 8 Persons

  • Duration 2 hour (Approx.)

This private trip will take you on a ride-along Chao Phraya River. Before modern roads existed Thai people have been using their boats, and canoes to travel on the waterways of the country for hundreds of years.  You will experience Bangkok’s hidden gems and the unique lifestyle of river peoples and feed the holy catfishes. Stop by Wat Arun get yourself blessed by a Buddhist monk, and take a lot of memorable photos in front of the unique hand-crafted architectural Temple of Dawn. Tour will be ended at River City Shopping Mall Pier 1 after the temple visit.

Chao Phraya River Tour Details

  • The price is per group not per person
  • This is a private tour for friends, families, etc.. up to 8 Persons
  • River ride and temple visit 2 hours duration in total
  • 1 Hour Chao Phraya ride by traditional long-tail boat
  • Witness the lifestyle of local river peoples
  • Experience feeding catfishes
  • Visit Wat Arun known as Temple of Dawn (45 Minutes)

What's Include

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  • 1 Hour long tail boat ride
  • Friendly captain
  • Axa Insurance
  • Bread for fish feeding
  • Government taxes
  • Wat Arun entrance tickets
  • Transportation
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  • This tour will take place in Wat Arun. Please dress respectfully cover the knees and shoulders or bring a scarf with you.
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I've spent months in Thailand. Here are 6 things everyone should do there.

  • I've been to Thailand four times, sometimes staying in the country for months at a time.
  • Bua Thong Waterfall, Khao Sok National Park, and Koh Phi Phi are all stunning. 
  • I highly recommend taking a Thai cooking class and going scuba diving in Koh Tao.

Insider Today

After embarking on four long visits to Thailand, I've come to the undeniable conclusion that it's one of my favorite countries to visit .

Over the past two years, I've been fortunate enough to stay for months at a time. From adrenaline-pumping adventures to the immersive charm of cultural festivals, each experience has been uniquely enjoyable.

Thailand truly has something for everyone, but here are the things I think everyone should do to make their visit unforgettable.

Visit Bua Thong Waterfall — aka "The Sticky Waterfall."

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Bua Thong Waterfall, more commonly known as The Sticky Waterfall, is a famous multitiered, limestone waterfall in Thailand.

It's nestled within Si Lanna National Park and conveniently located a short trip from the old city of Chiang Mai.

The waterfall's uniqueness is alluded to in its nickname. Due to the dense limestone deposits, you can effortlessly ascend and descend without slipping.

That means, unlike most waterfalls, you can climb from the base to the top. Most people don't even need any special safety equipment or shoes.

Entry is also free, making it one of my favorite attractions for its outstanding beauty and affordability.

Take an overnight lake trip to Khao Sok National Park.

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My overnight lake trip remains the best and most memorable thing I've done in Thailand. The experience took place on a breathtaking lake in the Khao Sok National Park.

During the trip, kayaks are at your disposal, and the guides encourage you to paddle across the lake and explore. You also trek through the jungle, where head torches illuminate your path as you come across beautiful caves.

In the morning, you head out on a safari with the opportunity to spot wildlife such as monkeys, snakes, and elephants.

The once-in-a-lifetime experience offered the perfect blend of relaxation, exploration, and adventure, and I got to see the best parts of Khao Sok National Park.

Visit temples in Bangkok.

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Although Bangkok is well known for its fast-paced urban environment, you can discover moments of serenity within one of the city's beautiful temples.

The sacred sites are a must-see when exploring the vibrant capital city and offer a glimpse into Bangkok's rich culture .

Three temples stood out to me during my visits: Wat Phra Kaew within the Grand Palace grounds, Wat Arun on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, and Wat Pho in the Phra Nakhon District.

Wat Pho, in particular, is home to the famous reclining Buddha.

The temples often grant free entry to guests, but there's sometimes a small fee (a couple of dollars) at the really popular ones.

Go scuba diving on Koh Tao.

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Koh Tao, a small island off the east coast of Thailand, is one of the most affordable places in the world to earn your scuba-diving certification .

Plus, the island has an abundance of marine life that makes every dive unique.

Many diving schools on the island even offer free accommodation as part of their diving packages. This makes the overall experience more budget-friendly for backpackers like myself.

Take a cooking class.

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Taking a cooking class solidified my love for Thai cuisine .

We were taught to cook a starter, three mains, and a dessert under the guidance of skilled instructors. As a special touch, we also visited the lively local morning market before the class to see the origins of fresh produce and grab extra ingredients.

We savored our creations, met some lovely people, and were able to take any spare food home. I also walked away with an in-depth cookbook.

Though the class was just a few hours, it left me equipped with newfound skills to experiment with when I returned home.

Book a breathtaking boat tour in Koh Phi Phi.

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There are many boat tours to choose from in Koh Phi Phi, but most include multiple stops at iconic spots along the island group.

Mine stopped at Maya Bay, where Leonardo DiCaprio filmed "The Beach," and Monkey Beach, where we got to see dozens of cheeky monkeys.

If you opt for an evening tour, some boats stop on a small island for a buffet barbecue dinner while you watch the sunset.

Another highlight of the evening tour was the opportunity to snorkel with bioluminescent plankton. The glow of these tiny organisms in the dark waters creates a magical underwater spectacle.

Snorkels and life jackets were provided, and even those new to snorkeling could take part.

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