An empty passenger boat in Chao Phraya

Sightseeing while Cruising Chao Phraya River

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Our first stop for the day 2 of our Indochina tour was the Grand Palace. To reach the place, we boarded BTS at National Stadium station and got off at Saphan Taksin station. Sathorn Pier was just few steps away from the west exit of Saphan Taksin. We hopped on a boat, and then it turned into an instant cruise in Chao Phraya River.

The fare was cheap at TH฿15/pax. We took the boat with the orange flag which we pre-determined to make a stop in Tha Chang Pier (N9), the closest pier to the Grand Palace entrance. (Boats with blue flags will stop at Tha Chang Pier too.)

Sky scrapers in Chao Phraya River Bank
Sky scrapers in Chao Phraya River Bank

We hadn’t made that far yet when we saw towering edifices on the river bank. Prominent hotels also chose to locate beside the river – Shangri-La, Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula, and Hilton, to name a few.

Chao Phraya River Express
Chao Phraya River Express with Millennium Hilton in the background
Shangri-la Bangkok river cruiser
Shangri-la Bangkok river cruiser

As we move farther, we saw great pagodas, temples, and stupas. The Chee Chin Khor Pagoda stood out because of its look which was more Chinese compared to the traditional Thai stupas. But the most notable among those structures was the Wat Arun which was standing tall across the Tha Chang Pier.

The cruise spanned for about 30 minutes and we really enjoyed it – without minding some water splashes.

Chee Chin Khor Pagoda
Chee Chin Khor Pagoda
Chao Phraya Express
An empty passenger boat in Chao Phraya
chao phraya sight seeing
Chao Phraya Sightseeing (Top-left: Wat Kalayanamit; Top-right: Wat Rakhang or Wat Rakang; Bottom-right: Chao Phraya Express Boat; Bottom-left: The headquarters of the Royal Thai Navy)
Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or Wat Arun
Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or simply Wat Arun

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