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  • Address: Chao Phraya River
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

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Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya)

The Chao Phraya River (or Mae Nam Chao Phraya) runs north to south through Thailand, whose most notable and densely populated cities lie along the river's main tributary.

In Bangkok, the Chao Phraya is a major transportation artery. A vast network of ferries and water taxis, known as long tails, ferry locals and tourists up and down the river, connecting with the city's main sights. For many, these boats are the preferred way of getting around Bangkok, whose streets are often choked with traffic.

Several boat lines compete for business on the river and its canals and you’ll find variations in price and distance traveled. If you start at Tha Sathon (accessible via sky train at Saphan Taksi), you'll chug sedately past (or be able to disembark at) Chinatown, Wat Arun, Wichai Prasit Fort and the Grand Palace.

There’s no denying it - the Chao Phraya is a murky and sometimes smelly river, but even a short boat trip along it gives you a fresh perspective on the city, its locals and its landmarks.

Practical Info

The Chao Phraya river splits Bangkok vertically into two parts. From the Grand Palace walk one block west.

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Bangkok Small-Group Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

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Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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ok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

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Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.52

Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

4.5 star rating: Recommended 522 Reviews

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Location: Bangkok, Thailand
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ok Rice Barge Afternoon Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 75 Reviews

This relaxed afternoon 2.5-hour Bangkok cruise will allow you to observe Thai people going about their everyday business in the 'The Venice of the East'.

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Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 71 Reviews

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Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.95

Bangkok Grand Palace and River of Kings Canal Cruise Small-Group Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 70 Reviews

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Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.45

ok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

4 star rating: Recommended 314 Reviews

Enjoy Bangkok at night on a 2.5-hour dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River. See two of the city’s top attractions — the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) and the ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours

From USD $39.74

Private Tour: Bangkok Evening Experience with Thai Dinner by Chao Phraya River

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Experience the vibrant metropolis of Bangkok at night with a 4-hour private tour, including dinner. A relaxing evening beckons with a drive through Bangkok’s ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.97

ok by Night: Private Food, Drink and Shopping Tour

Cocktails, dinner and shopping are the highlights of this private night tour in Bangkok. You’re in good hands as your local guide accompanies your private ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Bike Bangkok: Historic City Tour

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