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Ultimate Guide to Navigating the Chao Phraya River - Experience Thailand

Discover the wonderful sights and list of things to do along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Here are a few attractions you must see.


Chao Phraya River

Thai history can be traced along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The banks of the river have been transformed into homes from ancient times and they have created livelihoods from its environment. Going on a Chao Phraya cruise in Bangkok is a unique way of discovering Thai history and taking a glimpse into the authentic lifestyles that locals lead today. Manohra Cruises offers a truly unforgettable experience for visitors who are looking for a distinct experience.


Khlong tour

Forget the usual tourist ferries and take a ride on the old school khlongs of Thailand. The old Bangkok capital, Thonburi is located on the west banks of the Chao Phraya River. Till the 1970's this part of the city remained independent and even now it still retains the historic charm without much modern development seen in other parts of the city. There is a network of khlongs in which you can take a tour around the city. The most popular ones are the Khlong Mon and Khlong Bangkok Noi. Avoid the crowded tours targeting tourists and take a Khlong tour to get a sense of how the Thais lived back in the day.


River Ferry

These are large flatboats with a roof above. You find them at thirty-two ferry crossings and it is more of a public transport system on the river. The River crossing ferry is used simply to transport people from one end of the river to the other and a trip per person is merely 3-5 baht.


Express Boat

Many tourist attractions are easily reachable from the river and you can catch express boat river taxis to get you there. You find five different types of express boat river taxis and they are all categorised by the flags they carry. However, if you come across one without a flag then it's a local line. The local line boats (without a flag) operate only during weekdays and it stops at every pier from the south to the north of the river. The tourist boats usually carry a blue flag


Visit the Grand Palace

Built during 1782 it has been the dazzling abode of the Thai king, the royal court and the administrative seat of government for 150 years! The unique architecture of the palace reflects on the local craftsmanship and creativity. The intricate details, structure and the creative architecture of the Thais are seen in this marvellous masterpiece. Within the palace, you find several other famous buildings including the Wat Phra Kaew. The most revered Buddha statue carved with a single block emerald dating back to the 14th century is found at Wat Phra Kaew.


Tour the Royal Barges Museum

Reflecting on the history of the Thai royal family Bangkok Royal Barges Museum. It is quite an interesting place to take a glimpse into the history of the Thai monarchy. The museum exhibits eight of the finest barges used by the Thai royal family. In the olden day, barges were used by the monarchy to go around the kingdom but today they are only used for special ceremonies. Even though the museum is not very spacious, visitors are sure to enjoy the beauty of the barges that are displayed there.