Bangkok City Guide: Chao Phraya River Cruise and Riverside Attractions

Want to make your Bangkok vacation unforgettable? Immerse yourself in the beauty of Thailand’s Chao Phraya River, located right in the heart of Bangkok. Journey through the river or browse through a cornucopia of attractions by the riverbanks. Here’s our guide to help you decide where to go.  

Chao Phraya River: Parts to Explore

Chao Phraya River: Bangkok, Thailand
Chao Phraya River: Bangkok, Thailand

Phra Arthit Road runs parallel to the Chao Phraya River, and features a collection of artsy cafes and bars. Come here for a drink, take in the modern atmosphere, and listen to DJs playing live music.

Thewet is for travelers looking for local activities such as feeding lively catfish or visiting a wet market. You can visit scenic attractions in the royal district, including Wat Benchamabophit and Dusit Zoo.

Oriental is the place to go for classic European architecture. Check out the grand Mandarin Oriental Hotel and antique shops near the Oriental pier.

Flower Market: Bangkok, Thailand
Flower Market: Bangkok, Thailand

Pak Khlong Flower Market is where you’ll find the biggest wholesale and retail market featuring beautiful flowers, fruits, and vegetables 24/7. Expect crowds during midnight!

How To Get Around

Ride the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taskin on the Silom line. Leave from Exit 2, and walk to the Central Pier or the Sathorn Bridge Pier. Look out for boats with an orange flag. These boats operate daily, and make stops to all the major piers.

Take a Sunset or Night Cruise

Night Cruise in Chao Phraya River: Bangkok, Thailand
Night Cruise in Chao Phraya River: Bangkok, Thailand

Set sail on Thailand’s major river, Chao Phraya, the ‘River of Kings’, and learn exactly what makes the sight loved by all who come across it.  There’s nothing like going on a peaceful river ride and watching the bustling capital go by. The best time to visit is during sunset. Bask in the warm orange glow of the sun against the breathtaking backdrop of glittering temples. Look out for these absolutely stunning wats.

If you prefer the night lights along with a romantic dinner,  you’re in for a treat. Watch the city lights illuminate impressive bridges and historic and modern-day landmarks alike. Pick a night cruise that includes what you like, whether it be fresh seafood or local Thai performances. Book it here with KKday:

Experience Chao Phraya River with KKday and make the most out of your Bangkok trip!