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Chao Phraya River

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Chinatown / Yaowarat
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Address: Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

This scenic river, flowing through the heart of Bangkok, offers convenient...

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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Day Trip Nice and fast

Went to the boat pier next to Shangrila Hotel. ....was nice walk to the pier....was hot so you need hat protecting you from the sun UV ray's. ..paid 14 Bhat for the trip was... read more

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Caloundra, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If I did this trip again I would not get on this boat at central pier,I would get a taxi to the pier below it as it was bedlam at central,everyone pushing you to the front of a huge crowd and then being crammed in the boat like a sardine,otherwise a fun way to travel to the sights for not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went to the boat pier next to Shangrila Hotel. ....was nice walk to the pier....was hot so you need hat protecting you from the sun UV ray's. ..paid 14 Bhat for the trip was busy on the Boat long boat with car engine. .. Many people from all walks of life young old children man woman all great mixture The... More 

Thank Aye Y
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice too see and ride on a boat on Chao Phraya river. Very crowdy. Super experience. Glad to try it out.

Thank Goran B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Why take taxi and be stuck on the street of Bangkok when you can take the boat on the river to most tourist places. or take BTS or MRT or the canal boat service. Bangkok traffic on Friday when I got in from Suwannanphumi was crazy and we did not want to have to fight the traffic every wwhere we... More 

Thank John J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After visiting thousands of temples in Bangkok, a cruise over Chao Phraya is a refreshing experience that adds additional perspective to the way of lives of Thai people. The views of temples' tops mixed with a saddening poverty of the people living on stilt huts next to the river is something that breaks your heart at the same time opens... More 

Thank edyta235
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The water is muddy, don't expect clear waters. But on the other hand, if you tune yourself back in time to when there were no automobiles and proper roads, you will start seeing why Bangkok is the Venice of the east. Try taking a canal tour on a longtail boat during the day for getting a true feel of the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

enjoy the nature N forget the world sky, water,plants,silence.birds,boats and your lovely beautiful partner withe you what did you want more?

Thank Magdy A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

To really appreciate the diversity of how this city ticks, using an Express Boat (Ferry) or hiring a long tail boat for a private tour is a must. The river is Bangkok's life blood, along its river banks is the true heart of this most exciting place. Either using a (public transport) ferry which is seriously inexpensive - or hiring... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

find any excuse; ours was to have a morning coffee close enough to hear as well as see the movement of boats along the Chao Phraya: the life giving artery of Bangkok.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took a friend on night dinner cruise which was great seeing the hotel & Temples all lit up. Meal was buffet with a good selection of food. Music was good & staff got people up dancing

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Better known as 'Yaowarat' among locals, Chinatown is Bangkok's bustling district that never sleeps. During the day, the main street and its small alleyways are filled with a vibrant mix of colours, scents and flavours coming from the roadside restaurants and all-day markets. The real action, however, happens after sunset. Surrounded by neon lights, Thais and tourists alike flock here around dinnertime to feast on some of the best street food in town. Escape the chaos by venturing a little further from the main road and discover hidden shrines, friendly locals and daily life in its purest form.
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