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Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya) Tours and Activities

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Chao Phraya River (Mae Nam Chao Phraya)
Every great city has a river, and Bangkok’s is the Chao Phraya (Mae Nam Chao Phraya). Alive with traditional long-tail boats, passenger ferries, and cargo boats, the Chao Phraya River is the lifeblood of the city. It winds past both ancient temples and modern high-rises, offering a unique, local perspective on the Thai capital.
 
The Basics
Traveling via the Chao Phraya River is a great way to tour Bangkok while escaping thick city traffic. Most of Bangkok’s main attractions—including the Grand Palace, Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), and Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew)—are easily accessible from various points along the river. Both Chao Phraya Express boats and converted rice barges ferry visitors to popular city sights. Dinner cruise options abound, complete with live bands and traditional Thai meals, while some small-group boat tours explore the more remote klongs (canal ways) in Thonburi. In addition to traditional sightseeing tours, visitors can tour the night market and the floating market, or try one of many food-based tour options. All offer unique vantages from which to see the city and help visitors avoid the stress of navigating ferry and boat schedules. You can also stay on land and see the river on a tuk-tuk or bicycle tour.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • If you’re exploring by day, bring sun protection and plenty of water. 
  • Chao Phraya Express boats can be identified by their orange, green, or yellow flags. Only the orange boat is open every day. 
  • The Chao Phraya Tourist Boat, which can be identified by its blue flag, is usually less crowded—albeit more expensive—than the express boats.
  • Some boats leave every five minutes, while others leave every 25 minutes; be sure to check the timetable of your boat before arriving. 

How to Get There
The Chao Phraya splits Bangkok vertically into two areas and is a popular way to navigate the city. You can get to the river by taking the BTS Skytrain to Central Pier or Sathorn Bridge Pier. River City Pier, located on the eastern side of the river roughly 20 minutes by road or ferry from the Grand Palace, is also a popular jumping-off point for city tours and dinner cruises. To save the hassle of transportation, opt for a dinner cruise with hotel pickup and drop-off.
 
When to Get There
Bangkok is most crowded in November and March due to soccer tourism. March, April, and May are the hottest months, while the rainy season lasts from the end of May through October. The Chao Phraya River is a popular thoroughfare morning, noon, and night. For spectacular city views and the best temperatures, consider early morning or evening sunset cruises.  

Exploring Bangkok’s Klongs
When the capital of Thailand moved to Bangkok at the beginning of the Rattanakosin period, European visitors dubbed the new capital “the Venice of the East” for its many canals. Choose a cruise that navigates some of the city’s more remote klongs to see wooden, riverside stilt houses, kids splashing in the river, and some of the city’s colorful and chaotic floating markets.
Address: Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Ayutthaya Province, Thailand
Admission: Free
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Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok (Optional Transfers)

Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River in Bangkok (Optional Transfers)

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Cruise on a luxurious riverboat that will take you on a leisurely ride along the Chao Phraya River. Settle into a seat in the boat’s comfortable, warmly furnished dining room, or watch the brightly lit Bangkok skyline glide by from the deck. Cruise slowly along the river, passing under bridges and right in front of two of Bangkok’s most famous riverfront landmarks — the Temple of Dawn, known as Wat Arun, a Buddhist temple that dates back to the 17th century, and the Grand Palace, the official residence of the King of Thailand (and historically the King of Siam) since the late 1700s. When you’re ready to eat, head to the large buffet of Thai dishes and desserts.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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Bangkok Chao Phraya White Orchid River Cruise(Optional Roundtrip Transfers)

Bangkok Chao Phraya White Orchid River Cruise(Optional Roundtrip Transfers)

Make it a date night to remember on the White Orchid River Cruise. Be greeted with a welcome drink as you ease into the fresh tropical breeze. Admire the sights of the stunning Chao Phraya Riverbank as you dine on deck Indulge in luxurious Thai cuisine and more dining options in the international buffet. Dance to the beat of a Bangkok style cabaret show with performers dressed up to the nines. Guests are served with an assortment of refreshments from coffee, tea, to dessert.
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  • 3 hours
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US$33.67
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Sala Rim Naam Dinner and Show at Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok

Sala Rim Naam Dinner and Show at Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok

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Travel by traditional teak ferry across the scenic Chao Phraya River and set sail on an entertaining evening that includes traditional dance and typical Thai cuisine. You’ll enjoy a set dinner at the Sala Rim Naam Restaurant at Bangkok’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel, while you watch mock battle scenes, folk dances performed live on stage. Enjoy transportation via comfortable private vehicle with optional local guide.
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  • 3 hours
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Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk

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

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This award-winning night tour by tuk-tuk provides a great introduction to Bangkok for first-time visitors, but it also showcases a side of the city that most repeat visitors haven't seen. You get to bypass heavily trafficked areas and take off-the-beaten-track routes toward illuminated temples such as Wat Pho and a bustling, 24-hour flower market. Enjoy dinner, followed by dessert at a mystery stop. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$76.37
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Half-Day Bangkok City Highlights Small-Group Tour with Lunch

Half-Day Bangkok City Highlights Small-Group Tour with Lunch

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See the top sights in Bangkok with a professional guide who shares key details about each place you visit along with the history of Thailand’s capital city. Your guide makes it easy to navigate popular sightseeing destinations including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, the Golden Buddha Temple (Wat Traimit), and Chinatown. Stop for lunch at a scenic riverside restaurant, and have time to browse the shops in Chinatown.
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  • 6 hours
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Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour

Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour

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This customizable private tour showcases the best of Bangkok and beyond. Follow your personal guide through some of the city's top attractions, including Wat Arun Grand Palace, and the Floating Market. Explore some of Bangkok's most vibrant neighborhoods, sample local cuisine (own expense), and wander the shops and sites with a local who offers insight and information along the way.
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  • 8 hours
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Grand Pearl - Luxury Dinner Cruise Experience at Bangkok with Return Transfer

Grand Pearl - Luxury Dinner Cruise Experience at Bangkok with Return Transfer

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See Bangkok from the water while enjoying traditional Thai food and performances on this luxury dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River. A dinner cruise is ideal for food lovers, a date night, and photographers who want to capture the glittering skyline, plus it is the perfect way to escape Bangkok’s crowded streets and get a unique perspective of many of the city’s top attractions.
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  • 4 hours
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Manohra Luxurious Dinner Cruise by Anantara Bangkok

Manohra Luxurious Dinner Cruise by Anantara Bangkok

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Step aboard the luxury Manohra Cruises and discover how the ultimate in stylish cruise comforts meets classic romance in a lovingly restored antique rice barge, accommodating up to 70 guests for a dining cruise or private party. MENU -Authentic Thai wild betel leaves with ginger sauce, shallot, Coconut, peanut and Crispy seabass APPETIZERS -Prawns and lemongrass with Kaffir lime and Mango -Deep fried Chicken wrap with Pandan leave and sesame soy sauce -Crispy Sweet and sour Vermicelli noodle SOUP -Aromatic coconut soup with chicken thigh, lemongrass and Kaffir lime leaves, galangal and saw tooth coriander MAIN -Fried Tiger prawn with green pepper corn, garlic & chili -Green curry with Ponyang Kam Beef tenderloin and young coconut shoot -Stir Fried Crispy Chicken with Onion, Cashew Nut, and Young chili -Stir fried Chayote Oyster Sauce DESSERTS -Khao Neiw Ma Moung Mango & Sweet Sticky Rice Roll -Black Jelly in Fresh Milk -Pitied fours & Thai tea -Assorted Thai sweets
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  • 2 hours
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Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour from Bangkok with Grand Pearl River Cruise

Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour from Bangkok with Grand Pearl River Cruise

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The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ayutthaya is a must-visit day trip destination from Bangkok. This tour is the easy way to get there as you won’t have to worry about catching a bus on your own. You’ll spend a whole day touring the archaeological sites, palaces, and temples of the former capital of Thailand. The tour includes a delicious lunch and a river cruise back to Bangkok.
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  • 10 hours
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Bangkok Royal Road - Top 3 Major Monuments (Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat arun)

Bangkok Royal Road - Top 3 Major Monuments (Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat arun)

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Visit the 3 major monuments of Bangkok in a half a day tour guided by a certified professionnal: - The Grand Palace and the Emerald buddha - Wat Pho Temple - Wat Arun Temple And go through China Town and the flower market in 1 tour only.
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  • 5 hours
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In and around Bangkok Private Tour Guide with Custom Experience

In and around Bangkok Private Tour Guide with Custom Experience

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Explore Bangkok with your very own tour guide during this full-day tour. Customize your own itinerary and visit Bangkok’s main attractions and some hidden gems. See the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, the floating market and much more and get around using the city’s incredible public transport system. Experience Bangkok like a local and discover the best the city has to offer.
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  • 8 hours
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The Best of Bangkok Program Discovery: Half or Full Day Tour

The Best of Bangkok Program Discovery: Half or Full Day Tour

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Customize your sightseeing itinerary in Bangkok with options for a half- or full-day tour by public or private transportation. Popular destinations include Chinatown, The Grand Palace, and Wat Arun on the Chao Phraya River, or you can venture out to attractions such as Damnoen Saduak Floating Market or Chatuchak Weekend Market. With your own private guide you can easily plan a day suited to your interests.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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Shore Excursion from Laem Chabang Port: Bangkok Shopping, Massage & Food Tasting

Shore Excursion from Laem Chabang Port: Bangkok Shopping, Massage & Food Tasting

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At the moment your ship touches down at Laem Chabang Port, your experience should start, our guides awaits you with your paging at the exit point of the pier. But City is still 109 Km away so sit back at your private air conditioned vehicle and enjoy the surrounding. Take your private time to see the most popular landmark Temples “Golden Buddha” “Wat Arun” followed by city interesting points- China Town, Indian Town, Flower Market. Visit the local Thai Restaurant by the river and shop till you like at JJ mall – A local shopping center in Bangkok, Are you tired ? do not worry we have Thai Massage 1 hour for you, Maximized your experience when you are in Bangkok at shore excursion sightseeing tour, which includes round-trip private transportation and a friendly local guide.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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US$209.15
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Royal Grand Palace and Bangkok Temples: Half Day Tour

Royal Grand Palace and Bangkok Temples: Half Day Tour

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Explore Bangkok’s most important cultural sights on a half-day private tour of the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Traimit. Learn about the country’s royal heritage as you explore the palace, whose elaborate stepped roofs are the height of Siamese design. Visit the funeral and coronation halls, and see the sacred Buddha carved from solid jade. Circle the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho then stroll cool halls lined with hundreds of Buddha images. Continue to Wat Traimit to see a centuries-old golden Buddha, and leave an offering in the gleaming sanctuary.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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US$111.97
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Wan Fah Dinner Cruise Along Chao Phraya River

Wan Fah Dinner Cruise Along Chao Phraya River

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See a different view of the Bangkok skyline on a riverboat cruise along the Chao Phraya River. This dinner excursion takes you away from the noise and traffic of Bangkok’s crowded streets and lets you relax in a tranquil environment as you cruise through the city and take in the sites along the way.
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  • 2 hours
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