As many savvy tourists know, Bangkok is a city of many names. It also possesses one of the longest official city names in the world. But one of its most famous monikers that still affects the locals’ way of life is its nickname of “Venice of The East”. That’s right, Bangkok used to be a city of canals and waterways! Some still remain and are vital arteries for the city’s commuters and curious tourists. It’s the unique vibes that come with living by the water that make it a fascinating part of Bangkok to discover by boat. Interested in choosing the best-suited Bangkok boat tour? Read on to see what options are available below.
Cheap and cheerful, getting on the orange-flagged Chao Phraya express boats requires some deft footwork and a sense of adventure. It rewards people who plan their own itineraries, as the many stops along the river connect to some of Bangkok’s key sights. Travelling this way means getting around is pocket friendly to the max, with prices around THB 15/ride.
Another, slightly pricier option is the Chao Phraya Tourist boat. Two large, well equipped boats can carry up 150-190 passengers with stops at all the main tourist destinations. Choose from single-trip tickets at THB 60 or an all-day pass with unlimited stops from 9 am – 9 pm at THB 200. The route covers the following spots:
But what if you want that exclusive Bangkok boat tour experience? Booking your own private tour is always an option! Choose from endless options such as canal tours to even day-trips to nearby provinces to explore how the locals live. There’s a tour-operator for every budget, all with their difference specialties. But always be sure to book your tour via a reputable operator and make sure you agree on a fair price.
Popular places to stop by are:
Another option for an enjoyable Bangkok boat tour is choosing a dinner cruise. Increasingly popular, there are many providers offering a memorable evening with special cuisine.
From glamourous malls, bustling markets to local watering holes and glitzy five-star hotels, the riverside has it all. Given the right itinerary, you could spend days discovering what the Chao Phraya river has to offer.
Some riverside must-see attractions include:
More conservative riverside malls like River City are also worth keeping on your radar, as they often host interesting art exhibitions with interactive elements. There are also the yearly creative design festivals as well as art biennales that often pop up around the riverside neighbourhoods.
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