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Chao Phraya River

Bangkok, Thailand
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As featured in Bangkok for young kids
Ranked #18 of 266 Attractions in Bangkok
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Type: Bodies of Water
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This scenic river, flowing through the heart of Bangkok, offers convenient boat transportation and sightseeing cruises since many of the major city... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The great river going through Bangkok. It looked nice in the brochure but when we arrived at Samhain takin bridge the river was dirty and very smelly, there must be no life left in the river, Bangkok could do a little more to revive the river again

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Had a great time on Chao Phraya River. This was a my favourite part of being in bangkok, to hop in and out of Ferry at different Piers of my interest or to take a cruise in evening. A Must experience for every traveller in Bangkok!!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We chartered a long tail boat for an hour at 700 bhat. The captain took us on both the river and in the city canals. It was very interesting to see the ultra luxury hotels and businesses next to a sheet metal house on stilts with laundry drying. I highly recommend doing this as a way to get a quick... More

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The World
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Travel on the River for several hours using water taxis, long tailed boats or other boat services. You can visit some interesting stops along the way. I like to just get on a water taxi, go one or two stops, get off and wander that neighborhood, then get on and do the same thing over again. A great way to... More

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Dhanbad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

the River cruise is one of the best way to see Bangkok at Night. The city is really beautifull at night and full of Lights.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We used the local boats which are extremely cheap, but the views are not fantastic I am glad I did not pay for an organised trip. we got the boat to the grand palace and then went further down the river and back to the starting point. Overall I am glad we did it.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Main thoroughfare for anything big that needs to be transported along the waterways of Bangkok. Good view of the river from the Shangri-La Hotel, Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental and Sheraton. Take a river cruise to experience how the locals live along the river. The floating market is unique and a "must experience" when in Bangkok

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Thornhill, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

People had warned that the River was dirty and smelly. I agree I would not want to swim in it or drink the water accidentally, however did not find it smelly at all. We enjoyed the water taxi experience and it was very cheap, clean and comfortable for the short trip. I was happy we go to experience the ferry/taxi.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Not the cleanest river around but one with a lot of activity on it. Its a great way to spend a day or a few hours as you take in the many sites along the river. Best way to visit the Palace

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I have taken a paid cruise,used the paid public transport and taken the free boat rides.All very different but worth the time and effort to do.

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