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Chao Phraya River

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Address: | 780/488 Charoen Krung Road, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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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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$88.32*
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Loy Nava Rice Barge Dinner Cruise Including Transfers from Bangkok
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$33.08*
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Half-Day Bangkok Rice Barge and Longtail Boat Cruise
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$74.70*
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Half-Day Thonburi Klongs and Grand Palace of Bangkok

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A must on the evening

We went here to take a river cruise on Christmas eve, because we were early we have a drink in one of the restaurants/bar next to the River, very lively place, lots of choices... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The river serves as transportation. It's a crazy fest as it seems that there are no boundaries or laws for those driving their boats. The water is extremely dirty. I saw fish..how do they survive?

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My family and I enjoyed travelling by boat on the river. You get to see the major sites of Bangkok by travelling this way. We made our way to the Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha, Wat Arun and the flower market all by using the Chao Phraya River boats. You get a great flavour for the culture and sites.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

When we were in Bangkok people used to place floating lanterns on the river. It was a great sight to see thousands of little lights floating on the river with the current.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The river is comprised mainly of water although we did notice an assortment of other objects floating near the edges. Some of these objects were really large and seemed to be transporting people this way and that. There were also a number of smaller objects organic in nature and and a liberal assortment of non-organic detritus bobbing up and down... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We liked around the river because can see good mix of old and new bangkok and can feel the real spirit of the city.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beware of the longboat scams all over Bangkok!!! Most of the Tuk Tuks around the city will offer to take you to the river to travel by longboat, using the "your destination is closed" or "this way is faster" tactic. This is because they get a kickback for bringing unknowing travelers to longboat companies where they overcharge passengers. We were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cheap 15 bhat trip takes you on a great ride on the river, stops at or near tourist destinations such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The boat over the river is way cheaper, faster and cooler than just a normal taxi. It can drop you off almost everywhere and will give you some good views.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went here to take a river cruise on Christmas eve, because we were early we have a drink in one of the restaurants/bar next to the River, very lively place, lots of choices, nice for walks, pictures or just relax and enjoy the view.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was in Bangkok in late 1994 and early 1995. Now, 21 years later, I found that much had changed, and much hadn't. Thankfully, the Chao Phraya River hasn't. Taking a river taxi is still a quintessential Bangkok experience. It's a quick, easy, and picturesque way to travel north-south in the busy city. The views of the palace, Wat Arun... More 

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Chinatown / Yaowarat
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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