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  • Address: Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Admission: Free

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Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya)

The Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya) has always played a significant role within the city it flows through and remains the lifeblood of Bangkok to this very day, with passenger ferries, long-tail boats and slow barges laden with cargo making their way along the river daily. Most of the city’s main attractions are easily accessible from various points along its winding waterways, meaning visitors can also find great views from the water.

Escaping the traffic-clogged streets of Bangkok, a boat trip along the river reveals a mixture of skyscrapers, ancient temples and modern hotels set along the banks, providing a fresh perspective of the city, its residents and its key landmarks. Travelers will also witness just how important the river area is for locals, with wooden shacks jutting out over the water, kids splashing around and food vendors serving noodle soup to passing workers. This blend of the modern and the traditional is just one of the factors that makes the Chao Phraya River so charming and unique to Bangkok.

There are numerous ways to experience the river, with many boat tour options that take in Bangkok’s most important temples. Visitors can board a rice barge and learn about local life around the river, or hop aboard a motorized vessel to take in more of the major city sights. Travelers can also stay firmly on dry land and still see the river on a loop around the area via tuk tuk or bicycle tour. One of the most popular ways to experience the Chao Phraya River is on a nighttime dinner cruise, where you can listen to a live band while feasting on traditional Thai dishes and watching the twinkling lights of Bangkok’s skyline pass you by. 

Practical Info

The Chao Phraya River splits Bangkok vertically into two areas and serves as popular way to navigate the city. There are various ferries and tourist boats serving different parts of the river, but understanding their schedules and routes can become confusing. To save time, book a tour in advance to ensure you don’t miss anything on your list.

Did You Know? When the capital of Thailand moved to Bangkok at the beginning of the Rattanakosin period, the new capital was dubbed “the Venice of the East” by European visitors for its many canals.

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Bangkok: Grand Pearl Dinner Cruise including Transfers, Bangkok, null
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Bangkok: Grand Pearl Dinner Cruise including Transfers

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Take in Bangkok's spectacular sights by night on a dinner cruise from the River City pier. Relax with a drink in hand as the boat makes it way between the ...  Read more

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

From USD $60.18
Loy Nava Rice Barge Dinner Cruise Including Transfers from Bangkok, Bangkok, Dinner Cruises
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Loy Nava Rice Barge Dinner Cruise Including Transfers from Bangkok

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Cruise the Chao Praya River through the cultural heart of Bangkok, aboard a luxury rice barge. Dine on traditional Thai cuisine with flavors from around the ...  Read more

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

From USD $90.28
Half-Day Bangkok Rice Barge and Longtail Boat Cruise, Bangkok, Night Cruises
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Half-Day Bangkok Rice Barge and Longtail Boat Cruise

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Cruise down the Chao Phraya River and winding canals of Bangkok on board an authentic long-tailed speedboat. Watch the everyday lives of the local Thai ...  Read more

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

From USD $33.82
Private Tour: Amazing Bangkok, Bangkok, Day Cruises
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Private Tour: Amazing Bangkok

Spend a full-day tour seeing the major landmarks on your private tour. Stop at the Emerald Buddha Temple, The Grand Palace, and the Reclining Buddha Temple. ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $106.25
Half-Day Thonburi Klongs and Grand Palace of Bangkok, Bangkok, Full-day Tours
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Half-Day Thonburi Klongs and Grand Palace of Bangkok

Cruise the mighty Chao Phraya River, to Thonburi and watch the morning life on the waterway unfold as you make your way to The Grand Palace of Bangkok. With ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $74.70
Full-Day Historic Ayutthaya Bike Tour, Bangkok, Half-day Tours
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Full-Day Historic Ayutthaya Bike Tour

Explore the World Heritage–listed Historic City of Ayutthaya by bike on a full-day tour from Bangkok including lunch. This easy ride around the ancient ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.73
Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Bangkok Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya River

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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 ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours

From USD $39.23
Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk, Bangkok, Dinner Cruises
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Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk

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Ride a tuk-tuk past Bangkok’s iconic sites as you tour the city at night. This 4-hour tour loops along the Chao Phraya River, stopping at several temples and ...  Read more

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

From USD $54.98
Private Small Teak Boat Canal Adventure in Bangkok, Bangkok, Night Tours
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Private Small Teak Boat Canal Adventure in Bangkok

In the old days, Bangkok was comprised of hundreds of small canals or “khlong” in Thai and local people mainly traveled by water. They relied heavily on the ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.43
Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun, Bangkok, Day Cruises
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Bangkok Canals Cruise including Grand Palace and Wat Arun

4.5 star rating: Recommended 780 Reviews

On this sightseeing tour of Bangkok's canals (or khlongs, as they are known locally) you will travel by a motorized boat on the Chao Phraya River to see the ...  Read more

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

From USD $64.19

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