"My Favourite Thing to do in Bangkok" Chao Phraya Express Boat Trips Tip by IreneMcKay
Chao Phraya Express Boat Trips, Bangkok: 26 reviews and 58 photos
I love going for a trip on the Chao Phraya Express Boat. For one thing it is a real boat used by locals to get around and to and from work and while lots of tourists use it, it does not exist just as a tourist attraction the way some sights do. (If you have ever been to the horrific floating market and taken photos of the tourists, taking photos of the tourists you will know what I mean.) For another thing there are no traffic jams when you travel by boat. Also it is a great way to cool down and you pass some wonderful sights. You can use this service to get to the Grand palace and Wat Pho (Tha Tien pier), the sky train(Sathorn Taksin pier), the Oriental Hotel, China Town, River City.
There are different boats depending on the colour of flag the boat is flying. The different boats have slightly different end points and stop and start at different times. They also have slightly different prices, though all are pretty cheap. We normally paid around 14 baht a trip.
One point to note is that the boats stop running around 7pm, some routes even earlier so don't try to use them too late on.
At some piers you have to buy your boat ticket in advance; at others you pay on the boat. If you buy it in advance, the ticket seller will want to check it and tear it so it cannot be used again.
If you get on a very crowded boat, move down inside rather than standing at the back. People get on and off at almost every stop, so if you move inside, you will generally end up getting a seat.
Address: Saphan Taksin Stn., Bangkok
Directions: At Nonthaburi Pier.
Phone: +66 2 623 6001
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