Experience a Chao Phraya river cruise by day

Timelapse of the Chao Phraya River from day to night

Chao Phraya ( แม่น้ำเจ้าพระยา) is the major river that flows through Bangkok into Thailand. This river is a tourist attraction because it flows by all the famous tourist sites. The prestige of this river and Bangkok is further increased by the boat tours that happen all day long on this river. When people come here, their visit is not completed if they don’t have a river cruise.

These boat tours and river cruises have been in work for a long time now getting thousands of persons from one place to another on daily basis and in addition to that, they are the source of employment for a lot of people.

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View of Chao Phraya River from a room at Shangri-La Hotel. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

There are a number of river cruise companies in operation along the edges of the Chao Phraya River that provide their services for the tourists. The foreign tourists and local commuters use these boats for different purposes but enjoy the tour in the same way and they are not so different from each other. Every single boat and cruise provides a unique experience in its own way and people come fascinated after the tour because there are a lot of facilities that these boat tours and river cruises provide during the trip of the Chao Phraya River.

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A luxury cruise boat. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

These river cruises can carry more than 500 commuters and tourists at a time making the experience more beautiful and unforgettable. While on the boats, you can enjoy a lot of fancy and delicious meals, an open roof view of the side of the attraction by side and you can also take pictures and make videos of the tour. They provide a lot of other facilities like free internet, guide books, professional guides, CCTV and others.

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Large cruise boat crossing in front of ICONSIAM. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

On some of these cruises, you can have a fantastic time because they put on beautiful and traditional dance performances. They also have singers there, which sing traditional songs representing the true culture of the city. Both the boat tours and river cruises provide other services like weddings, parties and business meetings at great prices which are different from each other according to their quality. If you are here for the first time and you get to enjoy all of this during your visit you will be completely amazed and the visit will leave you an impeccable print on your memory.

The tourist sites and spots are the defining features of the cruise. You can stop at any of these sites and visit them and get fascinated.

Kanchanaphisek Bridge

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Kanchanaphisek Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge crossing Chao Phraya river in Samut Prakan. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

Kanchanaphisek Bridge ( สะพานกาญจนาภิเษก), Thailand’s longest bridge, located in the province of Samut Prakan, is a key part of the Motorway 9 ( ทางหลวงพิเศษ 9) also known as the Outer Ring Road or Kanchanaphisek Road ( ถนนกาญจนาภิเษก). Samut Prakan is the same province that houses Suvarnabhumi Airport ( ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ), the main international arrival point in Thailand and one of the biggest airports in southeast Asia.

The Outer Ring Road is a motorway connecting the outer perimeters of Greater Bangkok or the Bangkok Metropolitan Region ( กรุงเทพมหานครและปริมณฑล), BMR for short, and includes the metropolis and the five adjacent provinces of Nakhon Pathom ( นครปฐม), Pathum Thani ( ปทุมธานี), Nonthaburi ( นนทบุรี), Samut Prakan ( สมุทรปราการ), and Samut Sakhon( สมุทรสาคร).

The bridge was inaugurated on November 15, 2007, and has a 500-meter main compass and a complete length of 941 meters. its name comes from the Thai term of the Royal Golden Jubilee ceremony celebrating King Bhumibol Adulyadej‘s 50th anniversary of reign.

Wat Yannawa

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Wat Yannawa, known as the boat temple, at Charoen Krung Road. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

Wat Yannawa ( วัดยานนาวา) is located in Sathorn district ( เขตสาทร) at Charoen Krung Road ( ถนนเจริญกรุง). Also called the ship temple, it’s a 3rd class Royal Temple. This large complex is distinguished by the Viharn built into the appearance of a Chinese junk ship, a sailing boat of the 19th century. A Viharn is the place where several Buddhist ceremonies take place and where the faithful come to pray.

It was constructed during the Ayutthaya Kingdom ( อาณาจักรอยุธยา) before the foundation of the Rattanakosin Kingdom ( อาณาจักรรัตนโกสินทร์), and the City of Bangkok. The Wat Yannava is one of the older temples in Bangkok. The original name of the temple during the Ayutthaya Kingdom was Wat Kok Khwai ( วัดคอกควาย)).


ICONSIAM at night. View from the eastern side of the river. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

ICONSIAM is perceived as Bangkok’s leading shopping and entertainment venue. The huge shopping complex, with an area of 750,000 m2, accommodates mid-range brands, high-end brands and luxury brands that can be found along the mall in different sections, as well as an extense offer of dining options.


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Busy Yaowarat Road at daytime

An important spot as a tourist attraction is the popular Chinatown, which is populated by Chinese-Thai people and it has been around for a long time. It is located in the area around Yaowarat Road. The gold shops, restaurants, and small vendors present here are the major tourist attraction.

Founded in 1782 it has been attracting a lot of tourists from all over the world since then. Hundreds of photographers hit this site and catch the beauty and culture of this radiant site with their cameras. The variety of foods in Chinatown, too, is very well recognized with many blends of Chinese and Thai food.

River City Bangkok

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River City Bangkok. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

River City Bangkok is a 4-floor mall overlooking broad views of the Chao Phraya River. It concentrates in high-quality antiques and collectibles, and it’s a heaven for antique lovers and collectors, since it has a genuine abundance of art objects of Southeast Asia, including Buddha images, porcelain and ceramics, Thai Benjarong (a traditional form of Thai porcelain), maps and prints of past times, ornaments of gold and silver, sculptures, sophisticated woodcuts and much more from all over the world.

River City Bangkok is also becoming a prime location to host cultural events and expositions. From 26 April 2019 to 31 July 2019 it was held an immersive multimedia exhibition named From Monet to Kandinsky and of 8 August 2019 started a new one about Italian Renaissance (Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli) that will be running until 31 October 2019.

Wat Arun

Wat Arun. The Temple of Dawn
View of Wat Arun from the eastern side of the river. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn, named after the Indian God Aruna, God of Dawn, is situated at the Thonburi side (western bank) of the Chao Phraya River. It is famous for its cultural importance and tourism relevance and is best known for being one of Bangkok’s top monuments.

Wat Arun is an ancient temple from the Ayutthaya period and was the house of the Emerald Buddha before it was transferred to Wat Phra Kaew in the Grand Palace.

Wat Pho

Reclining Buddha
Head of the reclining Buddha. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

Wat Pho is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok and exists before King Rama I had already founded Bangkok as Thailand’s capital. Here you can see Thailand’s biggest collection of Buddha images, but the reclining Buddha is this temple’s primary fascination spot.

The reclining Buddha’s name derives from how is this statue’s placed in the temple. it’s settled in such a manner that it looks like the Buddha leans over.

The Grand Palace

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Front view of the Great Chakri Palace. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

The Grand Palace is a marvelous landmark and Thailand’s most sacred site that is famous for its beauty and its rich history. It is a complex of buildings that contains a lot of temples built with unique architectural designs. The most famous is the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

The Grand Palace is among the 50 most visited tourist attractions in the world.

Aerial view of Bangkok Riverside

Some other places that you can attend are: Asiatique The Riverfront, a mixture of shopping, dining, and sightseeing activities and experiences under one roof; LHONG, a 19th century Chinese mansion; Flower Market, Bangkok’s largest wholesale and flower retail market; Museum Siam, a excellent introduction to the spirit and culture of Thailand; Royal Barge National Museum, showing 8 of the 50 barges used in official processions; Siriraj Bimuksthan Museum, an human anatomy museum pertaining to Siriraj Hospital; Pipitbanglumphu, Banglamphu district architectural history; and many other sites are the most important tourist attractions where your boat can stop and you can visit.