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Chao Phraya River

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Address: | 780/488 Charoen Krung Road, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
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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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$88.29*
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Half-Day Thonburi Klongs and Grand Palace of Bangkok

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Sunday is really busy

The express boat is extremely busy on a Sunday. We were so squashed and felt like sardines on the boat. The price is 15 Baht for tourists not sure how much for locals but assume... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Busy, often smelly always covered with flotsam, but what a living creature! For TB4 you can ride a substantial part of the might river. Boats with direct flags ply up and down zig zagging across its width, for stop to stop. The female "conductors" bark instructions at the newly aboard to move down into the boat. You pass 1000 tonne... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My friend I enjoyed libations as we watched the stunning Sunset go down at the Chao Praya Rivers edge The river is so alive. Dinner Cruises, Ferries, and Hotel shuttle boats dominant the traffic on the river. At night all the light come on the boats lighting them and making for a spectacular display.

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Reno
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We paid $2800 baht for the entire boat. It was nice to have boat to ourselves but was pricey. The trip was to include side canals, the floating market, and ending at Temple. Too much money for what was received. Our boat did not have a long shafts propeller so it was much slower than the other boats. Also since... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The river continues to be a method of transportation for locals. River taxis, buses, ferries, private boats, hotel shuttles all move along the river day and night. There are even cleaning boats that pick up floating debris and hyacinth plants on a regular basis. It is often the best way to move from one point in the city to another,... More 

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Toulouse, France
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We walked several hours through the city, following the river to the amazing flower market. The intention was to take a boat trip too on arriving, but the colour, the smell, and the amount of trash in the river completely turned us off..I remember too well previous experiences in days gone by when it was a beauty to behold, but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The express boat is extremely busy on a Sunday. We were so squashed and felt like sardines on the boat. The price is 15 Baht for tourists not sure how much for locals but assume there is a difference. It is quite efficient to The grand palace for the river. Check it out

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have a bit of time to spare in BK the river is a good place to relax on the river boat transports. Convenient way to get to Chinatown and the BTS station Thaksin gets you right to the main wharf.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We used the river ferry ( free ) a number of times to travel up and down the river. The river itself is very dirty but you do get some great views of the city , and why travel by road or rail when it's faster and cheaper to go by boat. Loved it.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you want to sit back and watch Bangkok go by (and forget about the traffic) take an efficient ferry or Tourist boat along the river. The Chao Phraya River offers lots of different ferry services from their major hub at Sathorn pier. Boats run often and you need to select which route you need a they are denoted by... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Did a boat trip or should I say got roped in to one but was worth it to be honest , sit back and see the sights beats walking for a change gives the feet a rest , even stopped bye a boat stall and picked up a couple of beers for the trip , dropped us off at end... 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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