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Things to See on a Three Day River Cruise Along the Chao Phraya River – Thailand's Most Iconic Attractions

Sailing along the Chao Phraya River is a magical and breathtaking experience, as those who cruise along this river will come across the country's most popular Wats and other tourist attractions.

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The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keaw

The Grand Palace magnificently stands out against the backdrop of the city's skyline and for 150 years was the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of the government. With a love for detail and its beautiful architecture, a trip to this the country will not be complete without a visit to the famous Grand Palace. Within the complex of the place holds Wat Phra Keaw, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, known to be one of the most iconic temples in the country. The emerald Buddha statue that is held within its premises is known to date back to the 14th century. The temple is open from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Those planning to visit the temple should always remember to dress modestly, while covering their shoulders and knees.

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Wat Arun

Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of the Dawn is located on the west side of the river and is easily known as the most stunning temple in the city. The temple is complete with colourfully decorated spires is luminescent against the glistening waters of the Chao Phraya River, especially at night! The temple is open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. With many cruise tours such as Anantara Cruises, Thailand, tourists have a variety to choose from which will give them a good view of the country.

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Bang Pa-In Royal Palace

While you're on the Chao Phraya cruise, you'll come across Bang Pa-In Royal Palace that looks out of the ordinary structures of Thailand. The palace is known to date back to the 17th century and has a rather European design. One of the most prominent attractions here is known Thai style pavilion located at the centre of the pond. This displays a true and unique example of Thai architecture which houses a statue of its creator, King Chulalongkorn.

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Royal Barges Museum

The Royal Barges Museum is home to some of Thailand's prettiest and most treasured vessels. The boats held at the Royal Barges museum is used for special occasions, auspicious and/ or state ceremonies. The boats are carved from teak wood, and designed with the shapes and colours to reflect the mythical creatures known in Thailand. Most of the barges are painted in shimmering gold and are a splendid attraction as they float along the glimmering waters of the Chao Phraya River. The museum is open from 9 am to 5pm throughout the year, however if you want to see them gliding along the waters, catch them in action in November and early December as they get ready for the Royal Barage ceremony in December.

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Floating Market

As the rivers of Bangkok are usually popular for floating markets, it'll come as no surprise when you pass dozens of floating markets. Stop by and explore these markets – it's a great way to get immersed in Thai culture.

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