Up a lazy river
Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry which takes you up the lazy river for only B150 for the whole day. It is a great way to see many of Bangkok’s wonderful landmarks. A ticket to Chinatown is only B40, get off at pier number 5 at Ratchawong and walk 10 minutes up the road.In the photo above you have The Peninsula Hotel on the left and the Shangri-La Hotel on the right.
Sing it for me Bobby
The flags are flying on the Taksin bridge
The Thai flag and the Royal Standard which is the King’s flag.
Below the Taksin bridge is the Bangkok river ferry
B40 to get to Chinatown from the Sathorn pier is a bargain.
Bankok’s famous Long-tail boat
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 second-hand car or truck engine.
Just left of the bridge
This is where our journey begins, the Chao Phraya river is an exciting waterway. Check out my photo blog here.
Another boat arrives
Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry
The boat is certainly not in the luxury class however it is cheap and efficient. Announcements are made to give you warning that your stop in next.
The River Condominium
The River comprises of 2 buildings with 74 and 42 floors with 838 units.
The River condominium.
The south tower is the tall building and is right opposite the Shangri-La hotel.
Hotel Peninsula on the right and the River Condos on the left. Use this link for a great room rate.
Another one of the great Bangkok hotels on the Chao Phraya river.
The enclosed 360° rooftop lounge on the 32nd floor of the Millenium Hotel provides some of the best views over Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River. The atmosphere is relaxed and romantic. A great venue for cocktails with the accompaniment of some mellow jazz music in the background.
Baan Chaopraya Condo
Completed in 1994 the condominium comprises of a single building with 31 floors and 478 units. A 66 square meter apartment on the 34th floor is currently for rent at B25,000 per month.
Another majestic riverside condominium.
Don’t forget a ticket from Taksin bridge to Chinatown is only B40, get off at pier number 5 at Ratchawong and walk 10 minutes up the road.
Cold beer in Chinatown
The Bangkok river ferry got me to Chinatown along the mighty Chao Phraya river which is known as the River of Kings. It is the life blood of Bangkok, around 50,000 people use its ferries each day. Slow barges bearing cargo coast upstream, kids still frolic in the brown water. Wooden shacks, mottled by the elements, still hang over the water. Check out my photo blog here.
Soaring hotels and condominiums hem in solemn temples, churches and civic buildings that look 19th century European, while close by the odd wooden sampan sells noodle soup or dried squid to hungry river workers. It is this juxtaposition of calm and chaotic, modern and traditional, religious and secular, ugly and sublime, foreign and indigenous that makes the Chao Phraya so evocative. My thanks to Bangkok.com for their wonderful description of the River of Kings.
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What a great year for travel in 2015
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