State Tower at Silom
Chao Phraya Bangkok’s major river & is a great way to explore this magnificent city. There are many different boats to take you to all the interesting places. Large & small ferries, long-tail boats and dinner cruises. The photo above shows one of the many wharves where you can board the boats.
The long-tail boat, known as Ruea Hang Yao is a type of watercraft native to Southeast Asia, which uses a common automotive engine as a readily available and maintainable power-plant. A craft designed to carry passengers on a river may include a lightweight long canoe hull, up to 30 meters, and a canopy. There is much variation among these boats, some have evolved from traditional craft types, while others have a more improvised look—the sole defining characteristic is a secondhand car or truck engine.
Huge truck engine
Advantages to the inboard engine with a long drive-shaft include keeping the engine relatively dry. Following the basic design pattern allows a variety of engines to be attached to a variety of different kinds of hulls. This flexibility simplifies construction and maintenance while sacrificing the efficiency and comfort that might be expected of a typical mass-produced product.
Cooling to the engine is provided by a shaped metal pipe strewn underneath the rear running board which is used as a rudimentary heat-exchanger. This is then coupled to the engine using rubber or plastic hoses. Clean water is then used as the coolant.
Control is achieved by moving the engine with a lever stick attached to the inboard side. Ignition and throttle controls provide simple means to control this simple craft. Larger boats may include more than one “tail,” with several operators piloting in tandem.
Crowded ferry on Chao Phraya Bangkok’s major river
How would you ever find a life-jacket if there was a problem with the ferry?
River City shopping mall on the Chao Phraya river
When it was completed in 1984 the complex was awarded the Gold Medal for the “Best Commercial Complex” by the Association of Siamese Architects under the Royal Patronage of Thailand. The complex is an art and antique center that showcases Thai art and culture. On the third and fourth floors are over 100 art and antique shops with antiques such as Buddha images, gold ornaments, large blue and white vases, porcelains, silver boxes and betel nut sets, art deco clocks and sculptures, intricate wood carvings and other artwork also from China, Thailand, Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Monthly auctions held at the River City auditorium on the fourth floor every first Saturday of each month are organised by the Riverside Auction House Ltd.
The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel
The Sheraton joins river city with an elevated walkway.
Long-tail boat at the Sheraton Pier.
Not all buildings on Chao Phraya Bangkok’s major river are modern.
One of the many dilapidated buildings on the Chao Phraya river. Here is my live webcam from my balcony overlooking Pattaya beach in Thailand.
Waterfront living on the Chao Phraya River
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Magnificent C.A.T. Telecom Building.
CAT Telecom Tower, Bangruk, this building holds Largest Thailand’s Internet Exchange. The C.A.T. Communications building. Bangkok features some beautiful modern architecture, and the government budgets are usually high enough to afford it. CAT is the state-owned communications company, their real company name is CAT Telecom Public Company Limited. Why the name CAT? Because it used to be known as the Communications Authority of Thailand.
Centre Point Hotel Chao Phraya Bangkok’s major river.
Wat Arun, “Temple of Dawn” is a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Yai district of Bangkok.
What could possibly go wrong?
Who said you need to pay attention on the
Waiting for the lock to fill.
Here I am in a long-tail boat with two English friends. Thanks for checking out my blog Chao Phraya Bangkok’s major river, if you need to book a hotel in Bangkok there is no better site than AGODA. Four English friends came to Bangkok January 2013 and had a wonderful holiday.
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