Chao Phraya River
Chao Phraya River
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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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  • 253SA
    Singapore, Singapore3,035 contributions
    Well worth the money to see the sights
    We'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 2022
    Written 10 December 2022
  • Kalkan White
    Kalkan, Türkiye7,387 contributions
    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 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 January 2023
  • tim m
    242 contributions
    Good trips
    Went 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. Cheaper
    Visited January 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 January 2023
  • BTS1972
    Munich, Germany3,460 contributions
    The Lifeline of Bangkok
    The 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 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • Brian E
    Melbourne, Australia147 contributions
    See Bangkok from a different viewpoint
    I 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 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 9 April 2023
  • Luca A
    San Secondo di Pinerolo, Italy744 contributions
    Best mean to cross Bankok with stopovers where needed
    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
    Visited April 2023
    Written 20 May 2023
  • Anamika T
    43 contributions
    Lifeline of the city
    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.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Raditya A
    Jakarta, Indonesia128 contributions
    Muddy Waters
    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
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Curiosity50327388996
    4 contributions
    Amazing
    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.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 October 2023
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Rowles
Australia4 contributions
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
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Curiosity50327388996
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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
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Raditya A
Jakarta, Indonesia128 contributions
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
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Miguel
Bangkok, Thailand3 contributions
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
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Deepsea
Hong Kong, China7 contributions
May 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
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Anamika T
43 contributions
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
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Alessio0575
Monza, Italy171 contributions
Jul. 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
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Bhargava Krishna
Bangalore District, India147 contributions
Aug. 2022
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
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Luca A
San Secondo di Pinerolo, Italy744 contributions
Apr. 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
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belgianguy1
Bruges, Belgium11,295 contributions
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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