This scenic river, flowing through the heart of Bangkok, offers convenient boat transportation and sightseeing cruises since many of the major city attractions are easily accessible from various points along this waterway.
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- Well worth the money to see the sightsWe've ridden on the Chao Phraya boats during the day, but have never done so at night, so we booked ourselves on one of the dinner cruises to see what's it like. The food and music was ok, but the views were amazing! Seeing famous landmarks like the asymmetrical Rama VIII Bridge, Wat Arun and the Grand Palace all lit up against a backdrop of darkness was a beauty. The cruise starts and ends at Pier 2 of Iconsiam. Registration of your attendance starts about 2 hours before sailing. Many other dinner cruises use the same location so you'll be given a coloured sticker to distinguish you from the other cruises. Boarding is a little disorganised in the beginning, but you will soon get on the boat and to your table.Visited December 2022Written 10 December 2022
- A magnificent river!We always try & stay near the river, as easy & cheap transport by boat & great sights. 16 Baht for a ride up or down on the public boat. Best way of getting around in busy Bangkok.Visited January 2023Travelled as a coupleWritten 14 January 2023
- Good tripsWent up the river with friends and used the boats to get to various stops along way. Lots of different places along the way to get on and off. Tip. Don't queue or use tourist stops.. Use the locals. CheaperVisited January 2023Travelled with friendsWritten 27 January 2023
- The Lifeline of BangkokThe Chao Praya is the lifeline of Bangkok. Most important sights are in walking distance of one of the ferry stops. If you take the orange line express boat, you can pass it all for 18 THB. Also, the best hotels are situated here and have shuttle boats to carry you to and from the Santhom BTS station. At day and night simply a marvelous panorama. For a night tour, take a dinner cruises, e.g. quite private with Manohra Cruises in an old teak boat.Visited March 2023Written 20 March 2023
- See Bangkok from a different viewpointI really enjoy a trip in the river As you can see so much of the city from this river and what a beautiful view it is. Take a ricer tour or river taxi to or from the grand palace. If you take a taxi then bargain the fare. As an option try and stay at one of the many hotels along the river.Visited March 2023Travelled on businessWritten 9 April 2023
- Best mean to cross Bankok with stopovers where neededMuch better than walking or with automotive means while crossing the city or moving around. Minimal and nice bus-boats that stops on both riversides and allows you to reach several places. Very cheap indeed and nice different and better view of the cityVisited April 2023Written 20 May 2023
- Lifeline of the cityChao Phraya river in Bangkok is the key means of transport and life line of the city. The ferries run on various routes with stops at different piers. Night time view over the river is beautiful as big hotels, malls and temples light up. We took a ferry from IconSiam once to soak in the experience. Various river cruises also run on a daily basis for the tourists.Visited July 2023Travelled with familyWritten 3 August 2023
- Muddy WatersIt’s literally the heart of the city. We can ride a ferry for a cruise or cross the river. I did the second and enjoyed the real face of bangkok. The river off course typical city river with metropolitan waste look muddyVisited November 2022Travelled with friendsWritten 29 September 2023
- AmazingThe Chao Phraya River is a beautiful river. and is the widest and longest in Bangkok and is an important river in the heart of the city. Traveling is very convenient. The view in the evening when the sun sets is even more beautiful.Visited September 2023Travelled as a coupleWritten 5 October 2023
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Nov. 2023 • Friends
The chao phraya river is one of the best way to visit some attractive places along the river. There are many piers to be take off on any stop.
Written 20 November 2023
Sep. 2023 • Couples
The Chao Phraya River is a beautiful river. and is the widest and longest in Bangkok and is an important river in the heart of the city. Traveling is very convenient. The view in the evening when the sun sets is even more beautiful.
Written 5 October 2023
Nov. 2022 • Friends
It’s literally the heart of the city. We can ride a ferry for a cruise or cross the river. I did the second and enjoyed the real face of bangkok. The river off course typical city river with metropolitan waste look muddy
Written 30 September 2023
Aug. 2023 • Friends
The Best time to go to Chao Phraya is evening. The ferry riding is very good experience for going there. A little crowded.
Written 22 August 2023
Recommend everyone to go during the evening hours and enjoy the walk or the ferry ride. It was little crowded but the ride made my evening very peaceful cruising through the city of BKK.
Written 20 August 2023
Jul. 2023 • Family
Chao Phraya river in Bangkok is the key means of transport and life line of the city. The ferries run on various routes with stops at different piers. Night time view over the river is beautiful as big hotels, malls and temples light up. We took a ferry from IconSiam once to soak in the experience. Various river cruises also run on a daily basis for the tourists.
Written 4 August 2023
It's rather unusual to write a review about a river, but, here you go...this time it does make sense. This is probably the place to be in Bangkok, as it seems that everything happens and is located on both sides of the river. All main attractions and the most expensive hotels are just on the river. There are many ferry boat services taking peoples up and down through the many piers and stops. there are very frequent and very cheap, i'd recommend to consider always a day ticket to use them as drop on-off to visit all attractions, from Wat Arun, to royal palace, to National Museum...etc etc. This is also the way to avoid the crowd of the public trasports...suggested to look for the Blue Flag services150 Bat for one day ticket...!!
Written 1 August 2023
It's for the public ferry ride, in evening you may enjoy a nice view of Bangkok city's tallest buildings and hotels around.
Written 28 June 2023
Much better than walking or with automotive means while crossing the city or moving around. Minimal and nice bus-boats that stops on both riversides and allows you to reach several places. Very cheap indeed and nice different and better view of the city
Written 20 May 2023
May 2023 • Solo
The mighty Chao Phraya river...good way to see and experience is by public boat/ferry, or to cross one of the many bridges, great views guaranteed!
Written 7 May 2023
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Is there boat service available after dusk? Not interested in dinner cruise but want to see the city being lit up and also visit Asiatique or Iconsiam by boat after dusk
Yes depending on where you stay, Are you considering a sight seeing tour using the river? When I am there I usually stay on the river I use the water taxi's after dark to get between the restaurants depending on what I am doling.
hi there! how did you book the river cruise on the speed boat? Can it be simply arranged at the hotel and how late do they work? Thank you! Anya
You could just take a local boat from the pier. It'd be a great way to view the city. I don't think you'd need to book a speed boat prior but I'm not 100% sure
el bote turístico en en rio CHAO PHRAYA donde se toma y que horario tiene gracias
Tiene varias paradas dependiendo la ruta que escojas Te informan cuando compras los billetes Al lado del hotel sangri la hay paradas de muchisimos tipos de barcos y sus oficinas de venta de tickets en internet tambien puedes ver los recorridos
we want to do a nice dinner cruise with hotel pick up and drop off, What do you suggest?
Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise with Private Transportation by Travstore Travel Management. Set out onto the Chao Phraya River for a romantic evening that takes you past the wonders of ancient and modern Thailand. This cruise lets you dine on exquisite Thai and international cuisine and enjoy the soothing sounds of saxophone and violin as you glide past the glittering temples of Bangkok. A private, air-conditioned vehicle carries you from your hotel to the banks of the Chao Phraya, the great river that flows through the center of the city. There, you board the elegant cruise ship, relax with a welcome drink, and settle in for the voyage to see the sights illuminated at night. Check out spectacular landmarks like the temple of Wat Arun, with its towering stupa-like pagoda, and the golden spires of the Grand Palace.
Ho letto che si può anche cenare ma quanto costa e come di fa a prenotare? Grazie
Devi fare un tour con la cena, basta rivolgersi alle agenzie che stanno direttamente ai pirti di attacco. Ce ne sono molti.
I want to do dinner with my wife on this river ,,how much does it cost ?
Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River costs around 990 THB. You can book online or through your Travel agent, at the Hotel where you are going to stay. It may increase to around 1200 THB when they arrange to pick from the hotel and drop you back after the dinner cruise is over. It is a wonderful experience to have the dinner cruise.
We plan to visit bangkok on 5th september...The question it is the boat a friendly stroller on both local boat and tourist boat??? And how about infant fare...
Both local and tourist boats are not friendly strollers. You may go for a private boat so that you have sufficient time to hop on and off the boat.
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