Exploring Bangkok's Chao Phraya River



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Remember the "muddy old river" and a reclining Buddha from the song "One Night in Bangkok"? That river's the Chao Phraya and there's much more to see along its banks than just the famously relaxed giant Buddha. Even just a water churning ride on one of the public river ferries is a worthwhile excursion or a way to skip a bit of jamming traffic when you want to get around. The attractions in this guide can be easily reached by boat and are either right on the river or a short walk away from a pier. The list starts south at Central Pier (under Saphan Taksin BTS SkyTrain station) and moves north. Happy sailing!

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Day 1 - Bangkok, Thonburi


You can't really do all of this in one day. Spread it out over a couple of days or more. Koh Kret can be its own day or half day. Khao San Road is walking distance to the river but Arun Residence puts you right on its banks for the night. The list ends with three good options for a meal overlooking the water and a dinner cruise option on a rice barge.


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Arun Residence

Location:

36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road
Rattanakosin Island
10200 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: 66 0 2 221 9158
fax: 66 0 2 221 9159


3

Wat Pho

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Location:

2 Sanamchai Road
Phra Borommaharatchawang Sub-District
10200 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: +66 2 222 5910 / +66 2 226 2942 / +66 2 226 1743 / +66 2 225 9595
fax: +66 2 225 9779


4

Grand Palace

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Location:

Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
East of the river, on Na Phra Lan Rd., near Sanam Luang
10500 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: +66 2 694 1222 (Tourism Authority of Thailand)
fax: +66 2 694 1220 1


5

Vimanmek Palace

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Location:

16 Rajavithi Road
Dusit
10300 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: +66 2 628 6300
fax: +66 2 628 6300


6

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

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Location:

34 Arun Amarin Road
West bank of the Chao Phraya, opposite Tha Thien Pier
10600 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: +66 2 225 7612 (Tourist Information)
fax: +66 2 225 7615 (Tourist Information)


7

Wat Phra Kaew (Emerald Buddha)

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Location:

Na Phralan Road
Phra Borommaharatchawong
10200 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: +66 2 222 0094 / +66 2 222 6889 / +66 2 222 2208


8

Siriraj Medical Museum (Forensics Museum)

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Location:

Siriraj Hospital, 2 Phrannok Road
10100 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: 02-419-7000 ext 6363


9

National Museum of the Royal Barges Exhibit

Location:

80/1 Rim Klong Bangkok Noi, Arun Amarin Road
iriraj Sub-District, Bangkok Noi
10700 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: +66 2 424 0004
fax: +66 2 424 0004


10

Wat Bukkhalo

Location:

Charoen Nakhon Soi 63, Dao Khanong
Thonburi, Thailand

Contact:

tel: +66-(0)-2476-2584


12

Silver Spoon

Location:

2/1 Krung Kasem Road
Thewet Pier
10200 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: +66 2 281 2900
fax: +66 2 628 9912


13

The Deck

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Location:

36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road,
Rattanakosin Island
10200 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: 66 0 2 221 9158
fax: 0 2221 9159


14

Supatra River House

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Location:

266 Soi Wat Rakhang, Arunamarin Road
Siriraj, Bangkoknoi
10700 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: +66 2 411 0305
fax: +66 2 848 9017


15

Manohra Cruises

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Location:

257/1-3 Charoen Nakorn Road
At the Krunghtep Bridge
10600 Bangkok, Thailand

Contact:

tel: +66 2 477 0770
fax: +66 2 477 0811


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