Sail down the Chao Phraya River with me, following the tourist boat’s route downstream. I’ll share the story of how Khao San Road first came to be, show you the canal to Siam’s ancient capital, and point out my favourite temple in all of Asia, and tell you why it glitters in the light. Bangkok’s River of Kings is layered with the histories of tradesmen and travellers from all over the world. Each culture that arrived has left a little piece of itself in Bangkok, and helped it become the vibrant, colourful city it is today.
The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, River of Kings Bangkok
Board the Chao Phraya 'Tourist Boat' at Pra Arthit Pier (number N13) near Khao San Road, heading towards Sathorn Pier. Once you're settled on the ferry ready to embark, tap Start.
Places to stop along the way:
The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Santa Cruz Cathedral, Yaowarat Road (Chinatown) and Bangrak district (home to Assumption Cathedral, Mariamman Hindu Temple and Haroon Mosque).
Best time of day:
Boats leave Pra Arthit Pier every half hour from 10am to 4:30pm, every day. Tickets are available at the pier and the fare is Bt150 per day for unlimited travel. For more information about this ferry service, visit: http://www.chaophrayaexpressboat.com/en/tourist/.
Sathorn Pier, your last stop, is a short walk from the BTS Skytrain.
Mind the gap between the boat and the jetty!
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