Chao Phraya River has become one of the must-see destinations for tourists traveling to Thailand. Like other rivers flowing big cities, the history of Chao Phraya River is connected to the cities that it flows through. The large numbers of fish attracted the people to arrive and live around the river bank.
After the reign of Taksin and the collapse of Ayutthaya in Burma, the west coast today is called Thonburi. In 1782, King Rama I desired to find a nice riverside location to build famous temples and shrines. The Chao Phraya River has become an extremely popular destination for travelers to Thailand.
Chao Phraya River – The river of Thai King
Named the “river of kings” named by King Rama I – Choa Phraya is also the lifeblood of the capital Bangkok with rich and long history. Today, there are about 50,000 people still using boat ferry routes to earn their living and business on the river. Wooden huts, small boats, and riverside houses are still spread over the shore. The hotel interwoven ancient pagodas and temples have created both ancient and modern beauty.
Some notes when traveling by cruise
There are five public ferry routes on Chao Phraya river operated by Chao Phraya Shipping Company: the local ship, the orange flag ship, the yellow ship, the green ship and the green-yellow ship. They run from 6 am to 7.30 pm every day.
At peak hours, the ‘local line’ stops at all 34 wharves, while those on other routes only stop at certain wharves. Only the Orange Flag line with the price of 15baht runs all day and the weekend. Others stop at 09:00 and start again at 16:00. The ferries usually operate in some major wharves, which will take you from the bank to the opposite bank for 3.5 baht.
The stop points of ferries
The local ship: All the stop points
The orange ship: Sathorn, Oriental, Si phaya, Rachawongs, Memorial Bridge, Tha Tien, Tha Chang, Wang Lan, Phra Pin Klao, Phra Arthit, Rajsingkorn, Thewet, Nonthaburi, Kiak Kai, Worachanyawas.
The yellow ship: Sathorn, Si Phaya, Rachawongs, Wang Lan, Phra Pin Klao, Thewet, Nonthaburi.
The yellow-green ship: Si Phaya, Rachawings, Wang Lan, Phra Pin Klao, Thewet, Nonthaburi.
Some main ferry stations
In the North
Sathorn station (The center station)
– Near Skytrain Saphan Taksin 6321, Silom, Sathom
– Near luxury hotels such as Shangri-La Bangkok and Lebua at State Tower.
– Pick the tourists up at Peninsula Bangkok, Millennium Hilton Bangkok, Menam Riverside Hotel, Mandarin hotel Bangkok and Bangkok
– Ship dropping by: Cruise ship, local ship, orange ship, yellow ship, green ship and blue ship
– Designed in European style
– Near the luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok
– Near French Embassy
– Ship dropping by: the cruise ship, the local ship, and the orange ship.
Si Phaya (N3)
– Near River City – The shopping mall complex with the expensive antiquities
– Near Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel and Towers
– Near busy Charoen Krung street
– Bangkok Folk Museum
– Ships dropping by The cruise ship, the local ship, the orange ship, the yellow ship and the green ship
Rachawongs Station (N5)
– Near the China Town
– Sampeng Lane that sells cheap clothes, food and household items.
– Wat Mangkok Kamalawat – The Chinese Temple that worship Buddha, Taoism and Confucianism.
– Ships dropping by: Cruise ship, the local ship, the orange ship, the yellow ship and the green ship
Memorial Bride Station/ Saphan Phut (N6)
– Near Saphan Phut Night market
– Near King Rama I monument
– Near Pak Khlong Talad – The largest fruit market in Bangkok.
– Near Pahurat/ Little India
– Ships dropping by: cruise ship, the local ship and the orange ship.
Rajinee Station (N7)
– Near Wat Pho, Pak Khlong Talad – The largest fruit market in Bangkok.
– Near Siam Museum
– Ship dropping by: the local ship
Tha Tien Station (N8)
– Near Wat Pho and Wat Arun
– Near the seafood market
– Ship dropping by: the cruise ship the local ship and the orange ship.
Tha Chang Station (N9)
– Near Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Mahathat
– The Grand Palace
– The National Museum
– Near Sanam Luang
– Ship dropping by: The local ship and the orange ship
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