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Chao Phraya River

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Address: 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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Loy Nava Rice Barge Dinner Cruise Including Transfers from Bangkok
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Half-Day Bangkok Rice Barge and Longtail Boat Cruise
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Half-Day Thonburi Klongs and Grand Palace of Bangkok

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If you take a boat you will indeed see the skyline, a lot of touristic points that are build around the river and also get a taste of what life is actually about in Bangkok. But... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

If you take a boat you will indeed see the skyline, a lot of touristic points that are build around the river and also get a taste of what life is actually about in Bangkok. But the water itself is dirty and it does not make you feel good at the beginning until you get used to it. I would... More 

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On one hand you have the old iconic eastern waterfront shacks and on the other incredible 21st century architecture. If you have any interest in architecture you'll be stunned. I could have spent hours with my camera but as usual with organised tours opportunities are limited. Hard to comprehend that such modern buildings can exist alongside clearly third world areas.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's very easy to move about the city by river, I do it often avoiding traffic jams. The piers (tha) along the river are clearly marked in English as well as Thai. Central pier is called Tha Sathorn, any pier north is marked "N" any pier south is marked with an "S" followed by a number. The most popular tourist... More 

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River travel can be dangerous and fun. Did a cruise. To visit the island temple. 2x Well the river once full and the other low. With the boarding jetty hard to access in both cases. But not with getting wet .Normal river travel is a MUST but preferably on a rain free day. River " busses " are a must... More 

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Must see. We went to river city shopping centre, as you come out of it you land on river side. Stunning view with modern buildings and many great hotels along the side. You may forgot you are in Thailand. We stayed the river city shopping centre side. Outside the centre are few cool pubs and restaurants. There is a ferry... More 

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The river is really part of Bankok daily life, and the number of passengers on the many boats is really impressive! See the Bangkok skyline from the river and realize what a metropolis this is!

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A boat ride on the river is a nice change of pace from the busy city. Visit the canals and see many tourist sights from the water. Don't forget the bread for the big catfish. Recommended

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The Chao Phraya River is the center of the town. He is big and has a lot of boats on it. You can do a clong tour, a speed trip or a cheap trip with the ferry. Hint: go with the ferry for only 14Baht p.P.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is a nice experience. The view on both sides of river is beautiful. Main attraction is the Philipino singer on the cruise who sings songs in languages from all over the world. The food quality, however, is not so good.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

BTS Saphan Taksin and found Chao Phraya Express Bost then choose the orange flag of boat which is super cheap. (14 thb for 1 ride, everytime you get on the boat was 14 thb.) N8 Tha Tien Pier to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) N9 Maharaj Pier to The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo N13 Phra Arthit Pier to Khao... More 

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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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