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Like all urban rivers, the history of the Chao Phraya is intertwined with the city it flows through. The original site was chosen by early settlers because of its fertility and abundant fish. Later King Taksin, after the fall of Ayutthaya to the Burmese, located his new capital here, on the western banks today known as Thonburi. you can even avail the cruise dinner facility here to have the bliss experience
River cruise on Chao Phraya River
>With all the traffic around, I would recommend to stay in and around the Sukhumvit area. We took a tuk tuk to reach the port from where we decided to take a cruise on the Chao Phraya River which was 400 baht( after a huge bargain ????) the 2 hrs solo ride through some canals is the most pleasant way to explore the city once dubbed "Venice of the East" by Europeans. On both sides of the Chao Phraya River, a touristi can see many magnificent temples and architectural buildings including the First Presbyterian Church, the Royal Thai Navy Dockyard, the Thai Maritime Navigation oCompany, the Old Customs House, You can also see people selling fruits vegetables and other commodities in the floating market. (TIP: do not buy souvenirs from the floating market, you will get it cheap in the market ) you can also feed the fishes there for some good omen
By then we had decided we were going to find the Wat with the Siamese Cats. For that we crossed the Chao Phraya river in an inexpensive ferry boat ride and then took a TukTuk to the locality where google directed us. After that, we were at the mercy of the locals who did a great job of understanding our instructions which are best described as two Indian girls gesticulating wildly and making meowing sounds. In anticipation, we bought two huge bags of cat food to feed the felines we would soon meet. The mood was upbeat as we were directed to a deserted monastery where we met an elderly monk who was also treated to the same show of wild gesticulations and mewling noises to indicate our desired destination. He understood, walked us to a nearby house and fumbled with the keys. The smell of cat pee told us, from the outside, that we were in the right place.
§ Wat Arun is perhaps the most captivating temple. You ferry across the Chao Phraya river to be welcomed by a sprawling Wat. We climbed a huge flight of steep stairs to catch a glimpse of ‘the city of angels’. Entrancing is how I would describe it. Bangkok is revealed in full light across Chao Phraya – modern glitzy building and traditional temples blending in harmony. The temple is better visited at sunset, quite contrary to its name!Tip- Please wear attires respectful of Thai traditions. For ladies, shoulders and knees should be covered, otherwise you need to cover yourself/ wear a sarong. Gentlemen wearing shorts and inappropriate clothing are barred entry.
The Chao Phraya River Express is a fast, high-frequency paradox to the city streets. Ferries shuttle up and down the river, for example from the Tha Tien pier, serving up glimpses of the Palace and Wat Pho, and everyday city life on the banks, to the Oriental for a fare of 14 baht. These boats are sometimes four or five hooked together pulled by tiny tugs. Those juicy prawns you've been gorging on? Well, they live here! Hop off at the Asiatique market for a bit of of shopping, people watching, snacking and general frolicking. and then top it off with some much needed chilling at one of Bangkok's famous rooftop bars. A s you might've already heard, Bangkok has a pretty raging nightlife. It's mostly safe and the people are not intrusive.
From our hotel in Sukhumvit, we first took the BTS Skytrain from the Asok Station to the Saphan Taksin Station, which is where the Sathorn pier is. We then boarded the Chao Praya Boat for a one-way transfer to the Tha Tien Pier, the Grand Palace as well as Wat Po are a short walk away.At the heart of Bangkok is the Chao Phraya River, flowing 372 kilometres from the central plains of Thailand through Bangkok before finally emptying into the Gulf of Thailand. It’s a bit of a lifeline for the city, something which becomes evident almost at first glance. The river is full of Boats! Locals use the commuter ferries to make their way around the city and avoid the infamous Bangkok traffic, visitors use the Tourist Boats in order to get to some of the most popular attractions, some charter long-tail boats to cruise the river, barges of all sizes carry cargo up and down as well. Spending even just 30 minutes on the river is a great way to take in Bangkok’s sights and sounds.
Having a view of the old city core while cruising a river can surely makes you feel nostalgic. The short river cruise in Chao Praya is one such experience through out. Crossing the river in order to arrive at Wat Arun is one of those cruises where it steals the heart, peaces the mind and pacifies the unrest within.3. Eating the Thai Food :The best part about exploring a new city is its culture and when it comes to Thailand, what can make it better other than some local cuisines ? Yes !!! I am talking about the very special Thai food and trust me, Its delicious. From upmarket restaurants to street food corners, one can surely feel the vibe everywhere. Thailand is known for its seafood with a wide variety of fishes, squids, prawns and meats. Street food is really affordable and it tastes great. Starting from a range of 30 Baht, a normal Thai meal in any Bangkok street can be upto 200 Baht depending upon the type of food it is.4. Exploring the streets by walk :
It was an evening well spent before we headed to vibrant streets of Khao San road- which was simply so intense with some thousand tourists dancing,drinking and singing on this one long stretch of road. The road had hundreds of local street pubs playing the craziest dance tunes,carts selling the cheapest alcohol & pad thai served hot.We spent ur time at a local reggae pub,sipping on some vodka redbullThis quite evidently defines how we spent our time here.
6. SOUL SOOTHER - For more earthy pleasures I have listed the Pak Khlong Talad photo walk (Old City open air flower market on Chak Phet Road near Saphan Phut or the Memorial Bridge), cruising around the Klongs/ canals of Chao Phraya River for the real stilted traditional teak housed Bangkok life, taking a green breather at Rama IX Park (maybe in December for its flower festival) etc before. On weekends, you can watch a play at the beautiful Patrawadi Theatre by the Chao Phraya River and indulge in the magnificent Thai Traditional Puppet Show at Aksra Theatre (King Power Duty Free Complex near Victory Monument). 7. INDULGENCE - Indulging in a bit of luxury in Bangkok can be a lot of fun and the lovely Oriental Residence offers irrestible chic Parisian luxury for the "IT" girls. Shopping and Bangkok go hand in hand and the gregarious Chatuchak market (a sprawling weekly open air market which actually has Sois/ streets selling a mind boggling variety of stuff), Pratunam (nice cheap clothes), MBK (cheap clothes and accessories) and Siam Paragon (nice, glitzy mall for expensive branded stuff) malls are great ways to idle Bangkok hours and some monies. Saying cheers to life lustily from the sparkling heights of the expensive Vertigo and Moon Bar takes you to a whole new high and though expensive, the views are simply awesome. (P.S there is a strict dress code policy). 8. RETRO MANIA - I am a big retro fan and have stumbled upon some amazing little shops during my Bangkok shopping trips. The Classic Movie (Mon-Fri 0200 pm-0800 pm and on weekends 0200 pm-0700 pm) poster in Siam Square deals with (Thai) movie posters and is nearly a museum. A must visit shop for vintage movie poster lovers, some my biggest travel treasures are a few obscure late 50's original posters which I have picked up from there. Thai auto vintage is a very unique garage which I had discovered on Onnut Road, Prawet, where you can get your own pair of exotic shiny retro wheels or take photos of/with them. Run by vintage car lovers, they also sell spare parts, restore privately owned old cars and sell cool hot wheels like Chrysler 1949, Alpha Romeo Spider 2.0 and loads of glamourous retro Mercedez Benz (restored with chrome fittings, shiny leather upholstery and even a sofa).
Day 3 - Took a Chao Phraya Express Boat to visit Bangkok's most famous Floating Markets, provides tourists with the opportunity to see Bangkok from a whole new perspective, within one day, tourist can easily travel on high quantity boats from pier to pier without worrying about purchasing boat tickets or getting lost. Plus, they can visit many attractive tourist spots such as the temple of Dawn, and the great Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho.Streets in Floating market.
When you reach the highest point you can see the winding Chao Phraya River and the Grand Palace and Wat Pho opposite. Along the base of this central tower there are sculptures of Chinese soldiers and animals.
Modern day Bangkok was once a human settlement on the floodplain of Chao Phraya River and in the middle of the city, there were numerous water canals crisscrossing each other at different parts, symbolizing it as "Venice of The East" during much of the 19th century. As Bangkok grew with the time, these canals have been filled in and paved over to make room for roads to give to the increasing traffic. But a massive network of waterways still criss-crosses the city. Each day, thousands of commuters travel to experience the real life in Bangkok by motorized boat on the canals and on the Chao Phraya River, which runs through the centre of the city.
A few excited introductions, a few stories later, I found myself with a Berritini and the view of the city from the Sky Bar. Watching the sun set on the Chao Phraya made the hole in my pocket burn a lot lesser! After this beautiful sunset, I made my way to Asiatique Night Market, for some dinner, a little window shopping and some fantastic views of the city. The love locks at Asiatique are interesting and the heart shaped locks are equal parts cheesy and cute.I moved to the Riverside on day 3. To me this is the part of the city where time has stopped. This area, like a petulant child, has almost refused to change over the years. The houses look like they have been there for a hundred years! You still see gaming parlours here.To draw an analogy, Riverside is not unlike Chandni Chowk in Delhi.
The Cho Phraya river is a major river of Thailand that flows through Bangkok before draining into the Gulf of Thailand. The river serves as a source of livelihood for many local vendors who sell their wares and food on the famous floating markets on Bangkok by day. The banks of the river have the eclectic mix of the fanciest of hotels and bars along with river side walkways and promenades and the arresting architecture of the temples of the Rama dynasty. Come evening and this myriad display is illuminated with beaming lights, throwing about a radiant lustre on the dark waters of the river.I embarked on to my river cruise boat from one of the docks on the river all excited for the beautiful sights that lay in front of me. Little did I know that apart from a visual treat, a gastronomical treat also lay in store for me.After a refreshing cold coconut water laced with mint, I was treated to some delicious raw papaya salad seasoned with tiny shrimp and dried fish. My main course consisted of frogs legs in a spicy sauce and some Pad thai with chicken.As the river cruise went along, I went on to the top deck of the boat to enjoy the sights that this cruise was treating me to. The water was set ablaze with the glistening reflection of the grand structures that lay on the banks of the river while the lights of the Bangkok city skyline added to the glitz and glitter.
I had my plan for the day chalked out. My day was going to begin with soaking in the rich cultural heritage of this ancient kingdom followed by experiencing the sights and the sounds of the world’s largest flea market. My evening would begin with a relaxing dinner cruise along the Cho Phraya river where I would feast my eyes and taste buds and I would end my day with the noise, clamour and excitement of Khao San road.Wat Pho: Temple of the reclining Buddha
It took me like 4 trips to Thailand before I decided to check out the Chao Phraya River, and man, I felt like a travel knob for not going sooner. Buying a tourist pass is worth it if you plan to spend a day taking the ferries up and down the river, stopping to visit Wats, markets, and Chinatown. Way better then taking a tuk tuk through the city!!Yes, Tuk Tuk are a lot more expensive than Taxis and the BTS, but it’s something EVERYONE should experience in Bangkok. Keep your eyes open and enjoy the craziness.
Indulge In A Plush Dinner CruiseChao Phraya cruises, Loy Nava Dinner Cruises, and Manohra Cruises offer packages starting from Rs.3000.
Our 6th day was scheduled for own things till afternoon. We had opted to go for Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise. MMT sent their vehicle for our commute. But we did something else. Once this cruise got ended at around 11.30 pm, instead of taking the vehicle & heading to hotel, we decided to explore Bangkok at night and went to Asiatic Market, luckily the same night there was some festivities going on and it was open. Market meant for street shopping but I found the prices higher than Indhra Market, though. Open till 1.30 am on Thursdays.
Cruising along the Chao Phraya river, one of Bangkok's main rivers, is one of the most enjoyable and least stressful activity to do while in Bangkok.While the main reason for taking the tourist river boat was to get to the temples located in the north of the city, the trip itself is an adventure.The river, which empties into the Gulf of Thailand, is about 372 kilometers long. It figured prominently in the history of the country.
The Chao Phraya (Me Nam) is a major (and important) river in Thailand, which flows through Bangkok, before emptying into the Gulf of Thailand – making the river one of the busiest in Thailand. There are so many boats and ferries on this river that you can't evade hopping on one. The tickets are a bit expensive but the cruise ensures not just the beauty of the river, but also some great stops along the bank. As for the high prices, why spend time and money sitting in traffic in Bangkok, when you can explore the various stops along the Chao Phraya River? My advise is stay on the boat to witness the amazing sun set on the horizon and then watch the city light up! An unforgettable view!
No visitor to Bangkok should miss seeing Bangkok from the river. A great way to get around Bangkok without the hassle and hustle and bustle of traffic is by the Chao Phraya Express. There are stops all along the river bank and its a quick and cheap way to get from one place to another.