Chao Phraya Boat Trip

The Chao Phraya River is the king of the rivers in Thailand. It originates in Northern Thailand by the confluence the Ping, Wang, Yom and Nan Rivers. The four of them merge at the Pak Nam Pho in Nakhon Sawan Province. It is a province in Central Thailand.

This origin in Nakhon Sawan Province, it is called the Chao Phraya River. It flows through many provinces: Uthai Thani, Chainat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Bangkok and finally to its mouth in Samut Prakan Province. Where it meets the gulf of Thailand.

P_20171020_154237Chao Phraya River view northward from the Rama IX Bridge

P_20170723_111615Chao Phraya River view southward from Wat Ratchasigkhon Pier

P_20170628_135611Chao Phraya River view northward  from Rama III Bridge

The Chao Phraya River is a major route of marine transportation in lower Central  Thailand. Tha Ruea Khlong Toei is Bangkok’s port on the Chao Phraya River.

P_20171222_071202Chao Phraya River view northward from Krung Thep Bridge

Okay! That’s a little background of  the Chao Phraya River. Today I want to talk about the traveling by boat in the Chao Phraya River. It is a cool choice of traveling in Bangkok for tourist and local people in Bangkok. It is the best way to ignore traffic jam on the roads. Moreover it is a cool breeze from the river when you go by boat. You can see the views along the river banks which are different both new and old residences. Those are wonderful views.

P_20170122_144346The atmosphere in the Chao Phraya Express Boat

P_20170714_123952The atmosphere in the Chao Phraya Express Boat

IMG_20180324_103024646_HDRTourist Boat Blue Flag

P_20180205_125956Chao Phraya River view southward from Rama III Bridge

The Chao Phraya Express Boat is the only marine mass transport company operating on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. They offer many alternative prices for the passenger which we have to notice the flag colors. The boat without flag sails from the Wat Ratcha Singkhon Pier to Nonthaburi  Pier, fee rate 10-14 bht. The orange  flag boat sails from Wat Ratcha Singkhon Pier to Nonthaburi Pier, fee rate 15 bht. The yellow flag boat sails from Wat Ratcha Singkhon Pier to Nonthaburi Pier, fee rate 20-29 bht. The blue flag boat is a tourist boat sails from Tha Phra Athit Pier to Sathon Pier, fee rate 80 bht. They are the same route. The only difference is the piers at which each of the color flags boats will stop. The passenger can ask for more information from the ticket sellers at the piers.

P_20170419_181642Chao Phraya Express Boat orange flag view from Rot Fai Pier

P_20161231_173910Chao Phraya Express Boat view from Saphan Phut Pier

P_20170723_110824Chao Phraya Express Boat blue flag, tourist boat from Phra A-thit Pier to Sathon Pier

The  most well known among tourists are the Sathon Pier, the Ratchawong Pier, the Tha Chang Pier and the Tha Phra A-Thit Pier. These are the piers where can easily access the most interesting places.



Map of the Chao Phraya Express Boat Piers from Bangkok to Nonthaburi

P_20170723_114608Wat Ratchasingkhon Pier is next to AsiaTique

P_20170723_114456Modern and old residences opposite Wat Ratchasingkhon Pier

P_20170723_111835Ramada Hotel

P_20170723_114749Wat Worachanyawat Pier


P_20170723_115057Wat Yannawa Pier

Sathon Pier is the hub of transportation for tourist and locals alike. It is located under the Taksin Bridge where there is a Bangkok sky train station, Saphan Taksin Station, (Silom Line). It is the an important pier. There are many kinds of boat services here, the restaurant boat cruises, long tail boat for a canal boat trips, taxi boats, express boats for local passengers. It is always bustling with activity.

P_20160801_163611Saphan Taksin BTS Station

IMG_20180324_102009200Saphan Taksin BTS Station

P_20161231_173051Taksin Bridge view southward along Chao Phraya River



IMG_20180905_115710502_HDRSathon Pier

P_20170723_111224Taksin Bridge view southward along Chao Phraya River

P_20170122_141911Taksin Bridge view from Wat Yannawa Pier

P_20170723_111436ibis Bangkok Riverside opposite Sathon Pier

P_20161231_173105Restaurant boat, The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel, The River and modern residences opposite Sathon Pier and Shanggri- la Hotel view southward the Chao Phraya River

P_20170714_123631Restaurant boat, The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel and modern residences opposite Shanggri- la Hotel 

P_20170723_115423Shangri-la Hotel

P_20170723_115526Oriental Pier and the ancient buildings of Assumption Convent 

P_20170723_115547Mandarin Oriental Hotel

P_20170723_115646The old customs house and the tallest building behind the scene 

P_20170723_115701CAT Building


IMG_20180905_120911375-EFFECTSICON Siam, the newest shopping plaza on the left bank of the Chao Phraya River

P_20170723_115750Si Phraya Pier

P_20170723_115902Royal Orchid Sheraton

P_20170723_115917Si Phraya Pier, River City, Royal Orchid Sheraton


IMG_20180905_121026364-EFFECTSMillennium Hilton opposite River City

P_20170723_115949Holy Rosary Church

P_20170723_120009Marine Dept. Pier

P_20170122_144416Chinese Building in Wat Thong Nopphakhun opposite Marine Dept. Pier

Ratchawong Pier is in the Bangkok Chinatown neighborhood. There are the most well known wholesale markets in Bangkok, the Sampheng Market, Yaowarat; the Golden Trading Road, the fabric market, Phahurat.  Besides these, there are the Wat Trai Mit and The Wat Mangkorn Kamalwat. They are the reputation temples in Chinatown. Wat Trai Mit is situated the Golden Buddha Image. Wat Mangkorn Kamalawat is a Chinese temple.

From Ratchawong Pier we go ahead the area of the Rattanakosin Island. It is an old city. The residences on both sides of the Chao Phraya River Banks are all different. They are plenty of Buddhist Temples, the ancient palaces which become the government offices.

P_20170723_120339Ratchawong Pier

P_20161231_173817Bangkok Metropolis view southward along the Chao Phraya River from Ratchawong Pier

P_20161231_173507Bangkok River Park Condominium view from Ratchawong Pier

P_20170723_110516Bangkok Metropolis view southward Chao Phraya River from Ratchawong Pier

P_20161231_173922Bangkok Metropolis view southward Chao Phraya River from Ratchawong Pier


IMG_20180905_121833360Memorial Bridge view northward from Ratchawong Pier

P_20170723_120724Saphan Phut Pier

P_20161231_174237Santa Cruz Church, Kudi Chin Mosque, Wat Kanlayannamit opposite Yod Phiman Bridge

P_20170723_120836Yod Phiman Pier

P_20170723_121008Rajini Pier

P_20170617_170815Bangkok Metropolis view southward Chao Phraya River from Wat Kanlayannamit Pier opposite Rajini Pier

P_20170617_170650Sunandhalai Building, Rajini School view form Wat Kanlayannamit Pier

P_20170714_125020Wat Kanlayannamit opposite Rajini Pier

P_20170714_125121Wat Kanlayannamit, mouth of Khlong Bangkok Yai, Wichaiprasit Fort 

P_20170714_125135Vichaiprasit Fort, Royal Thai Navy, Bangkok Naval Base

P_20170723_105423Bangkok Metropolis view southward Chao Phraya River from Wat Arun Pier

P_20170714_125417Wat Arun Pier


Tha Tian Pier opposite Wat Arun Pier

P_20170714_125632Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall

P_20170714_125731Royal Thai Navy Club

P_20170714_125818Navy Dockyard

P_20170723_121423Naval Civil Affairs Dept.

P_20170723_121511Ratchaworadit Pier and Grand Palace

Tha Chang Pier is located on Rattanakosin Island. It is an important tourist boat pier which is very popular everyday. There are many interesting places on Rattanakosin Island. The most interesting place is the closet to the pier – the Grand Palace. This is a must-see place when you visit  Bangkok, Thailand. You can walk around Rattanakosin Island from Tha Chang Pier and see other interesting places such as The National Museum, The Wat Maha That, The Wat Pho and the Wat Arun.

P_20170723_121646Tha Chang Pier

P_20170615_145354Tha Chang Pier

P_20170216_175455Chao Phraya Express Boat at Tha Chang Pier view southward Chao Phraya River

P_20170615_145231Wat Rakhang opposite Tha Chang Pier

IMG_20180324_111338643Tourist Boat Blue Flag, Wat Rakhang

P_20170615_172202Maharaj Pier, Phra Chan Pier, Thammasat University, Chao Phraya Express Boat orange flag

P_20161004_124219Maharaj Pier, tugs, Siriraj Hospital

P_20170723_103245Phran Nok Pier opposite Thammasat University

P_20171125_174022Pinklao Bridge, Rama VIII Bridge view northward Chao Phraya River from Phran Nok Pier

P_20170419_181841Chao Phraya Express Boat yellow flag at Rot Fai Pier

P_20170419_181906Mouth of Khlong Bangkok Noi, Chao Phrya Express Boat yellow flag, Pinklao Bridge

Tha Phra A-thit Pier is located adjacent to Khao San Road. The most reputable guesthouses in Bangkok. There are many tourists who travel by boat from here.

P_20170723_122540Phra Thit Pier

These are the important piers. I would love to talk about a lesser know boat trip which we can take on  the Chao  Phraya Express Boat. You can get on the boat at the Wat Ratchasing Khon Pier and take a trip northward along the Chao Phraya River. The last pier is Nonthaburi Pier. It is very wonderful scenes which are different from the start at Wat Ratchasingkhon Pier till the end at Nonthaburi Pier.

When you see northward the Chao Phraya River from Wat Ratchasingkhon Pier you can see the urbanization of Bangkok Metropolis with modern residences and the old residences.

P_20170723_114539Bangkok Metropolis view northward from Wat Ratchasingkhon Pier

From Ratchawong Pier, the views along the river banks is changed. It is an area of Rattankosin Island. The buildings on the 2 sides of the Chao Phraya River are still old architecture. You can see the old temples, the palace and the old residences till Nonthaburi Pier.

P_20170723_110638Baan Chaophraya Condominium, Chinese Temple in Wat Thong Nopphakhun

P_20170723_111135.jpgThe Peninsula Bangkok opposite Oriental Pier

P_20161007_172746Rama VIII Bridge

P_20170723_122824Dheves Palace Museum northward Rama VIII Pier

P_20170723_122854Bank of Thailand adjacent area of Dheves Palace Museum

P_20170723_122915An old house southward Thewes Pier

P_20170723_122929Thewes Pier

P_20170723_123158Krung Thonburi Bridge, view northward Chao Phraya River

P_20170723_123715Irrigation Dept. Pier

P_20170723_123945Parliament Building

P_20170723_124104Kiakkai Pier

P_20161007_171300Wat Chat Kaeo Chongkonni, a new bridge at Kiakkai Pier view southward Chao Phraya River

P_20170723_125235Tug, view northward Chao Phraya River, Wat Soi Thong Pier

P_20170723_134119Wat Soi Thong Pier

P_20170723_134031Rama VI Bridge

P_20170723_133937Rama VII Pier

P_20170723_125507Rama V Bridge

P_20161007_153257Wat Klang Kret, tugs, Chao Phraya River at Pak Kret, Nonthaburi

Please enjoy the views from both sides of the Chao Phraya River.

Special thank for Mr. David L. Ekers.



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