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Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry

Up a lazy river

Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry 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

Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry The Thai flag and the Royal Standard which is the King’s flag.

Below the Taksin bridge is the Bangkok river ferry

Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry B40 to get to Chinatown from the Sathorn pier is a bargain.

 Bankok’s famous Long-tail boat

Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry 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

Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry 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 There is a lot of traffic on the river, here is another of my photos blogs featuring a long-tail boat canal cruise.

Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry

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

Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry The River comprises of 2 buildings with 74  and 42 floors with 838 units.

The River condominium.

Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry The south tower is the tall building and is right opposite the Shangri-La hotel.

Hotel Peninsula

Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry Hotel Peninsula on the right and the River Condos on the left. Use this link for a great room rate.

Millennium Hilton Hotel

Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry Another one of the great Bangkok hotels on the Chao Phraya river.

Millenium Hilton

 photo Chao Phraya River 25.jpg 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

Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry  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.


Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry Another majestic riverside condominium.

Crowded ferry

Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry 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

Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry 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 for their wonderful description of the River of Kings.

Not everybody is happy on the river

Chao Phraya river 

A Vietnamese cargo ship ploughed into riverside houses along the Chao Phraya River in Phra Pradaeng district yesterday April 5t 2017, damaging three homes.

Residents fled to the streets in panic as the cargo ship loomed over them. Three houses were damaged, one badly, but nobody was injured.

iCheck Inn Soi 11

Asoke Nana along Sukhumvit Road Bangkok

When I’m in Bangkok I like to stay in Sukhumvit Soi 11, here is an excellent budget hotel, if you USE THIS LINK you will get a great rate of around B1100 per night, or $30 USD.

Thanks for visiting my Explore Bangkok Chao Phraya river ferry photo blog.

Here is another of my photo blogs on this mighty river.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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