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Chao Phraya River

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Chinatown / Yaowarat
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Address: | 780/488 Charoen Krung Road, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
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07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

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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Impressive waterway

The River is the Lifeblood of Bangkok. Sitting in our hotel room overlooking the river, you see constant small and large craft ferrying goods up and down the expansive... read more

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Netanya, Israel
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The River is the Lifeblood of Bangkok. Sitting in our hotel room overlooking the river, you see constant small and large craft ferrying goods up and down the expansive waterway. And then, there's the Tourist traffic...enormous, ultramodern ferries and highly illuminated party vessels (at night). ...and then the tiny pontoonlike craft with hotel names emblazed, like Ramada and Sheraton, which... More 

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This river runs through the city. It has crumbling and newly renovated architecture. There are very large fish in the water and large crawling creatures on the land. They maybe were Siamese crocodiles. The homes along the river have memorials to the previous owners of the land. Keep your eyes open there are also coffin builders, fresh flowers, and temples.... More 

Thank Valerie J
Makati, Philippines
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All b it a bit dirty but they are cleaning it up its the main artiary of Bangkok a city built with canals everywhere

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Alappuzha, India
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If you visit Bangkok, it will be nice to have a boat ride through this river and enjoy the views from the boat. The water in the river is very much dirty and smelly . Better don't sit on the side seats. Some of the tourists attractions are on this river bank so it is not waste of your time.... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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If you have time, take the river taxi boats up and down the river. Gives a whole different perspective of Bangkok. Takes you back to the times when roads weren't the prevalent form of travel. Keep your eyes open for some sites during your ride. The boats can be a little sketchy, because of how full they get but I... More 

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Pontypool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Used the river boat to access the temples, China town and khaosan Rd easy hop on hop off day ticket cheap and easy to use

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Wahroonga, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I particularly like Salathip in the shangrila hotel. So much entertainment watching all the activity on the river

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Sydney, Australia
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had one afternoon on the river going to wat arun...was excited to go as this is my first time on the river..ride was really smooth and had a great time as sunset was coming..

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We used this transportation to visit Grand Palace and nearby Temple. It's cheap and no traffic hahahha. I think the government really pay attention to this river, I saw people cleaning the river from water hyacinth daily. Many cruises that offering to enjoy Chao Phraya river especially at night as the sun goes down. I really love to try, but... More 

Thank Tienti R
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

we took a boat trip on the river past all the sites, it was basic but inexpensive and we did see most of the sights, it lasted about an hour so was very good value for money and we had a boat to ourselves

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