CHAO PHRAYA RIVER
Lake / Backwaters
Distance (From Bangkok): 33 Kms
Visited From: Grand Palace (400 m)
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Place Location: At The Heart Of Bangkok
Transportation Options: Walk/Trek
Phone No: NA
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 33 km from Suvarnabhumi Airport, the Chao Phraya is the major river in Thailand, with its low alluvial plain forming the center of Thailand. It flows through Bangkok and then into the Gulf of Thailand.
A Bangkok Tour is incomplete without venturing to the majestic Chao Phraya River. Also known as the River of Kings, Chao Phraya, formed by four major tributaries including Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan Rivers, has long been one of the most important waterways in Bangkok and also a source of livelihood for many locals. As well as offering an escape from the traffic and congestion of downtown Bangkok, the Riverside is full of fascinating temples that straddle its sides and quaint markets that pop up at night around the numerous ferry piers.
Taking a boat trip down the river is a fascinating experience as you will see some of the Bangkok's most famous landmarks standing proudly on the banks of the river. Operated by the Chao Phraya Express Boat company, five public boat lines ply the same 21 km route- local line, orange, yellow, blue and green-yellow. Operating between 6 AM and 7.30 PM daily, each is identifiable by the coloured flag hanging off its rear. Tourist Boats are another option, offering unlimited trips to nine prominent piers for a 150 baht flat fee. Visitors can also experience the Chao Phraya River by taking a luxurious dinner cruise. The Dinner Cruises on the Chao Phraya River allow you to see the city from a different perspective as the sun goes down and the temples and palaces are lit up.
Boat Timings: 6 AM - 7.30 PM