Bangkok audio tour: River of Kings

About the Tour

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.

Tour Producer


Claire van den Heever

Claire van den Heever spent the last ten years of her life abroad. She wrote about her overland travels through the Middle and Far East, spent four years getting to grips with Mandarin in China, and researched a book on Chinese contemporary art’s rollercoaster-like history – when she wasn’t planning her next escape. Having recently returned to Cape Town, she enjoys feeling like a traveller in her own city, and having the opportunity to explore it with fresh eyes.

Major Landmarks

  • The Grand Palace

  • Wat Arun

  • River of Kings Bangkok

Directions to Starting Point

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.

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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:
Sathorn Pier, your last stop, is a short walk from the BTS Skytrain.


Mind the gap between the boat and the jetty!


I stay in Kirkwood eastern cape/maps

Posted by Clinton C , almost 6 years ago

Good trip

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , over 6 years ago
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