Chao Phraya is the main river in Thailand which divides Bangkok vertically. Together with the system of canals, it has always played an important role in the life of the locals. People live on the banks of the river and many use the waterways for their daily transportation through the city. Taking a boat ride can offer a unique way to see the city and its diverse landscape – from modern skyscrapers in the busiest parts to peaceful temples or tiny houses and vegetation along the river banks.
After a few days spent by chasing the temples in Bangkok and other places of interest, we decided to do the Chao Phraya River boat tour in order to discover Bangkok from a different perspective. Honestly, we did not have much information and so we ended up randomly in a small pier not far away from Hua Lampong metro station (actually, we were directed there by a nice Thai man, to whom we somehow trusted as he tried to prevent us from entering a dangerous zone (who knows what the truth was…). Nevertheless, we had a private boat without a crowd of tourists so I don’t complain. 😉
Our Chao Phraya River boat tour took about 1,5 hour and it was an interesting experience. We passed by modern skyscrapers, nice villas and cute houses, some small temples as well as really poor quarters with houses almost ruined down. At some places, we saw people working on their houses, somewhere else children playing around or eating, observing the colorful boats. River merchants were either trying to sell us no matter what or observing us from distance.
I love to take boat tours! I took one also in Paris, Brugges or Prague. Every time this makes me discover the city from another perspective and get to know it better. If you travel to Bangkok, I strongly recommend you to do this Chao Phraya River boat tour which for me, it was an enriching experience. I also included this activity in my Top 10 Things to See and Do in Bangkok, so don´t forget to check that post for more inspiration.
Do you like boat tours in the cities? Which one is your favorite? Have you visited Bangkok and taken this Chao Phraya River boat tour? Tell me about it in the comments below the text – I am looking forward to your reactions! 🙂
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