A river cruise on the Chao Phraya (the river of Kings) is the perfect way to see some of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks in a relaxed and comfortable way.
On this trip you will see the main Chao Phraya river passing by many interesting places like Chinatown and the Grand Palace, as well as a number of smaller canals, and conclude with cocktails and a Thai fruit buffet on a converted rice barge.
Bangkok’s highlights from the river
This Chao Phraya river tour offers the perfect opportunity to see some of Bangkok’s many highlights without effort.
It starts with a ride on a long tail speed boat on the Chao Phraya river passing many places of interest. Some of Bangkok’s best known temples like the Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) as well as the Royal Barges Museum where the barges for the Royal Barge Procession are exhibited, can be seen from the river.
The canals of Bangkok
Bangkok was once known as the “Venice of the East”, because of its many canals where most habitation and commercial activity was concentrated from the early days on.
The Chao Phraya river and the many canals are a charming place where traces of history and traditional life can still be found today.
View the stark contrast between the old wooden houses and the new high rise buildings. Old ladies in small boats still go around the river selling noodles and other Thai food, while some of the finest restaurants of Bangkok are located on the river banks.
Besides the main Chao Phraya river you will see a number of smaller canals (khlongs) of Bangkok Noi, where the pace of life seems to be slower. Although Bangkok has changed enormously and is now a modern city, the canals have kept its charming character. You will see old houses on wooden stilts, colonial-style mansions, lots of palm trees, Buddhist temples and boys playing in the water.
Finally you will embark on to a converted rice barge, where you can enjoy cocktails and Thai fruit buffet while enjoying the Bangkok skyline.