Known as the “River of Kings”, the Chao Phraya River is one of the main attractions in Bangkok and is the perfect place for a river cruise with much to discover and experience.
Getting to the River
Staying at riverside hotels or resorts will make accessing this majestic waterway quite easy. In Bangkok, river cruise options are also available and those looking to get to the Chao Phraya utilising public transport can make use of the BTS Skytrain (Silom line) to the Saphan Taksin Station.
There are several ways to traverse the Chao Phraya River. Public ferry services such as the Chao Phraya Express Boat offer transport along this waterway and will help you access riverside attractions. For a comfier experience, cruise operators the likes of Loy Pela Voyages offer journeys on luxurious vessels too.
The River’s Significance
Before a voyage, it’s always good to have some background information on the Chao Phraya River. The river’s history dates to the 15th century and is where the capital was later moved to from Ayutthaya. Connected with a series of canals referred to as “khlongs”, the river is used for transport and is even a source of income for some.
An ideal way to experience sightseeing in Bangkok, a Chao Phraya River cruise will take you past some of the key city sites. You can look forward to different perspectives of attractions like the Grand Palace, the National Museum of Royal Barges and temples such as the Wat Arun, Wat Pho and Wat Phra Kaew.