Chao Phraya River, which originated in the mountainous area of northern Thailand, flows into the flat area of the southern Thailand, forms the Chao Phraya River delta, and finally flows into the Bangkok Bay. It has a total length of 1352 kilometers and a drainage area of 170,000 square kilometers. The Chao Phraya River, known as the "Mother River of Thailand", is the largest river in Thailand. Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is located at the entrance of Chao Phraya River. In the early days of Bangkok, ships were the main mode of transportation, which made the country's trade and life center at Chao Phraya River. To this day, there are still many ancient historical attractions on both sides of the river. If you have the opportunity to travel to Bangkok, don't miss the boat ride along Chao Phraya River north to experience Bangkok 's cultural heritage.
Main attractions on both sides of Chao Phraya River
The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Keo
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keo are together. At the N9 terminal, many people will go to the Grand Palace. If your ticket package includes the Grand Palace + Wat Phra Keo + Coin Museum Treasury Department Thailand + Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles, it will be a total of 500 baht and the tour sequence will be as follows:
Coin Museum Treasury Department Thailand: After buying the ticket, go to the left-hand side. On the building on the right side of the entrance, go to the door closest to it and that is the Coin Museum Treasury Department Thailand. Check the ticket at the front desk and you can visit it at the second floor. The exhibition hall is very small, and you can come out of the same way after finishing visiting.
Wat Phra Keo: After coming out of that door, go back to the entrance and take the ticket to enter the door. The first place after you enter the door is Wat Phra Keo, where the royal family worships Buddha and holds Buddhist events. Start visiting from the striking building on the right and walk to the left. After visiting all attractions on the left side, go in the opposite direction, and that is to the right of the Jade Buddha Hall, and it is also the entrance of the Grand Palace. Opening hours of the Wat Phra Keo are 8: 00-17: 30.
The Grand Palace: The Grand Palace is basically white buildings. One part of The Grand Palace can be visited, and the other part with sentry is not allowed to enter, which is the residence of the current king. There are a lot of highlights worthy of visit, and there are ancient weapons. Opening hours are 8: 30-15: 30 and it will be closed when it is holding royal activities.
Queen Sirikit Museum of Textiles: After exiting The Grand Palace, walk in the direction of the exit, turn left at the ticket-checking gate, you will find the building on your right side. After checking the ticket, go to the second floor and visit in order.
Wat Pho enshrines the world's largest reclining Buddha and is worth a visit. It is recommended to arrange it at the day with The Grand Palace. If you come from the canal, get off at the N8 terminal, cross the market, cross the road and you will see the entrance door. If you come there from The Grand Palace, then walk out the Grand Palace towards the canal. Turn left at the intersection and continue along the road between The Grand Palace and the canal. It will be there in about 5 minutes. After entering the door, buy a ticket on the left-hand side, which will cost 100 baht, and hold the ticket to get a free bottle of water. Opening hours will be from 6: 00-17: 00.
National Museum Bangkok
National Museum Bangkok is the largest museum in Bangkok. If you want to learn about Thai culture, you must come here. The cultural relics and materials here can be said to be the epitome of the development of Thailand and even Southeast Asia. There is free English explanation in the museum. You can arrive there by taking the orange flag bus to N13 terminal. Opening hours are as follows: 09: 00-15: 30 from Wednesday to Sunday, closed on Monday and Tuesday. Ticket fare is 200 baht.
Khao San Road, China Town
You can open the navigation from The Grand Palace and walk to Khao San Road for ten minutes. If you go there by boat, then get off at the N13 terminal, open the navigation and cross a market to walk over. China Town is a gathering place for Chinese in Bangkok. There are many Chinese-style shops and restaurants, especially many gold shops. Those who like it can also take a visit there.
Taking the Chao Phraya River cruise to enjoy the wonderful views along the river is one of the must-do things for Thai travel. If you are looking for a perfect trip at Thailand, just try the Chao Phraya River tour now.