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posted 26 Feb 2019, 20:42 by Happi Mess   [ updated 20 Mar 2019, 19:16 ]

Chao Phraya River - Bangkok - Thailand

Chao Phraya River Boat Services

The Chao Phraya River is a perfect way to travel in Bangkok and to discover and explore many main attractions the big city has to offer without paying much money as you would have to pay to taxis. If it is your first time traveling in Bangkok the system of the boat services using different colored flags can be confusing, however, after reading this article you will find out that it is actually pretty well organized and that it is not that hard to understand at all.

Sathorn Pier is the Central Pier and is located nearby the BTS Station Saphan Taksin. The piers located north of Sathorn Pier are marked with a ‘N’ followed by a number and the piers south of Sathorn Pier are marked with a ‘S’ followed by a number. All the piers along the Chao Phraya River are marked both in Thai and English.

Local line (No flag)

Route: Nonthaburi (N30) – Wat Rajsingkorn (S3)
Times: Monday – Friday
Morning Service 06.45 – 07.30 hrs.
Afternoon Service 16.00 – 16.30 hrs.
Prices: 8 / 10 / 12 Baht
(Depends on distance)

Orange flag boat

Route: Nonthaburi (N30) – Wat Rajsingkorn (S3)
Times: Everyday
06.00 – 19.00 hrs.
Prices: 14 Baht

Green flag boat

Route: Pakkred (N33) – Nonthaburi (N30) – Sathorn (Central Pier)
Times: Monday – Friday
Morning Service 06.10 – 08.10 hrs.
Afternoon Service 16.05 – 18.05 hrs.
Prices: 10 / 12 / 19 / 31 Baht
(Depends on distance)

Yellow flag boat

Route: Nonthaburi (N30) – Sathorn (Central Pier)
Times: Monday – Friday
Morning Service 06.15 – 08.20 hrs.
Afternoon Service 16.00 – 20.00 hrs.
Prices: 19 / 29 Baht
(Depends on distance)

Tourist boat

Route: Sathorn (Central Pier) – Phra Arthit (N13)
Times: Daily 09:30 – 16:00 hrs.
Every 30 minutes from Sathorn Pier.
Prices: 150 Baht
(Valid for unlimited service per day)

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A few of the many Chao Phraya River Piers you must visit!

Sathorn Pier (Central Pier)

Wat Yannawa: Also known as the Boat Temple. Built in the 19th century in the Ayutthaya Period, later renovated by orders from King Rama III.

Lebua Hotel at State Tower: Stunning views of Bangkok’s skyline while going for a drink or dinner. The tower played a starring role in the hit movie The Hangover II. Keep in mind to dress up properly.

– Jieow Eng Bieow Shrine: Shrine erected 150 years ago but the exact history of its construction is not really clear. However, travelers by water come here to make offerings and pray for a safe passage to their destination.

The Oriental Pier (N1)

– Mandarin Oriental Hotel: One of Bangkok’s most luxurious hotels. The hotel received since it first opened its doors in 1879 a lot of famous guests.

– Assumption Cathedral: Bangkok’s principal Roman Catholic Church, designed in 1909 by a French architect. In the area around more Catholic institutions are located.

Si Phraya Pier (N3)
– Holy Rosary Church: Built in 1786, a reminder of the trade between Portugal and Thailand in the 18th century. One of the oldest places of Christian worship in Bangkok.
– River City: High-end shopping mall, perfect to shop for unique souvenirs, antiques and art. Besides that, it also features a lot of good restaurants and coffee shops. Popular night time cruises depart from here as well.
– Wat Traimit Wittayaram: The world’s largest golden Buddha image is located here. The white marble temple is seen as the gateway to Chinatown.

Ratchawongse Pier (N5)

– Wat Mangkon Kamalawat: The first and still the most important Chinese temple in Bangkok. Built in 1871 in the time of King Rama V. The main place of important festivals such as the Chinese New Year and the annual Vegetarian Festival.
– Chinatown: This is the place where many Chinese immigrants settled when they first arrived in Bangkok. A real business quarter and trading neighborhood. Center of Thai-Chinese population.
– Phahurat Market: Thailand’s Little India. Home to all kinds of fabrics in every pattern and color you wish.
– Sampheng Market: The oldest and biggest wholesale market in Bangkok. In the past it was the first trading center for the Chinese immigrants.
– Flower Market: Also known as Pak Klong Talad, the largest wholesale flower market in Bangkok. Here you can find every type of flower you wish.

Pak Khlong Talat (N6)

– Yodpiman River Walk: Big shopping mall consisting of a walkway of 300 meters that runs along the river.
– Museum of Siam: Home to the interactive, audio visual-driven exhibition “The Story of Thailand”, about the history of Thailand from the earliest days of the empires up until the present day.

Tha Tien Pier (N8)

– Wat Pho: One of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok. Most known for the 46 meter long Reclining Buddha, based in the Ordination Hall. Traditionally it has been a place of education regarding Thai medicine and massage, which can still be enjoyed by visitors.
– Wat Arun: Currently under construction. However, one of the most symbolic landmarks in Bangkok. Also known as the Temple of Dawn, dominating the skyline on the Nonthaburi bank of the Chao Phraya River.
– Tha Tien Market: In the earlier days this was a big trading, transport and cultural center. However, it has been leveled to the ground by a big fire, which is also the meaning of the word ‘tien’. Nowadays it is famous for dry fish and seafood.

Maharaj Pier (N9)

– The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew: Served as the official royal residence since the first kings of the current Chakri Dynasty. The most important building is the ordination hall which houses the Emerald Buddha, the most revered religious icon of Thailand.
– Tha Maharaj: Home to an open-air riverside mall, arts and culture centers.
– Bangkok National Museum: Three permanent exhibitions can be found here: Thai history gallery starting from the Sukhothai period, Archaeological and Art History Collections and Decorative Arts and Ethnological Gallery.

Wang Lang Pier (N10)

– The Royal Barge Museum: This museum is home to 8 beautiful, magnificent, royal barges, used by Thailand’s monarchy for centuries, and which are still used nowadays in ceremonial events.
– Wang Lang Market: Very popular by locals looking for street fashion at the best prices. Brand new and secondhand clothes, shoes, bags and accessories can be found here.

Phra Athit Pier (N13)

– Phra Sumane Fort: Constructed by King Rama I to overlook the river and protect the city from potential invasions.
– Khao San Road: The most popular destination for tourists to hangout, to shop, to eat and to enjoy the nightlife thanks to the huge range of street stalls, cheap accommodations, bars and clubs.

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