Take a River Cruise Bangkok
An absolute must for any visitor, a river cruise Bangkok is not to be missed. From the tranquil waters of the Chao Phraya river, enjoy a relaxing cruise taking in the best sights the city has to offer.
Like many major cities worldwide the river is the beating heart of Bangkok, running right through the center of the capital and stretching as far north as the ancient capital Ayutthaya, the river has played an important role in the lives of Thai people for centuries.
Nowadays a cruise along the Chao Phraya river is one of the most booked attractions in Bangkok, and rightly so. Cruises are available for varying lengths of time and and with many different themes, it is no wonder they attract so many visitors. From 3hr dinner cruises, half day cruises up to 4 day trips, there is bound to be the one for you.
Many of the cities best attractions sit along banks of the river and one of the best ways to get uninterrupted views of them is from the water
Dinner cruises along the Chao Phraya river
One of the best ways to spend an evening is a cooling river cruise Bangkok. Boarding your vessel in the early evening get set for a night to remember. These 3hr cruises will showcase the best sights along the banks of the river, whilst serving world class Thai and international cuisine. All accompanied by traditional Thai entertainment.
The river at night is a totally different experience than during the day. The sight of the Grand Palace light up at night is truly spectacular, and certainly one of the cities highlights. Other sights will include Rama III bridge and Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn).
Your cruise is timed so that your dinner won’t interrupt the sights, and your guide will be on hand to point them out as you cruise along.
Many of the large river side hotels run their own cruises several nights a week, but these are on the same boats as everyone else, they simply charter them in for an evening, although it will be your hotels catering. Whether you are a guest at one of these hotels or not you can still book. We would recommend one of the independent cruises, these include transfers from your own city center hotel.
Dinner cruises are extremely popular and advance booking is essential, book yours now with Viator.
Full day cultural highlights cruise
If you want to get the most out of you cruise along the river, then a full day cruise might be in order. During the day you will see how well Bangkok mixes the old with new as you marvel at the both the cities ancient and modern skylines.
Picked up from your hotel after breakfast your guide will take you to your vessel, and as you set sail you will be enchanted by Bangkok’s stunning skyline. Your cruise will not just take you along the Chao Phraya river but also many of the smaller back canals (Khlongs) where you will pass traditional Thai wooden stilt houses, markets scenes and get a real sense of true Thai life.
During the day you will make several stops, one for lunch at a traditional food stall to enjoy some authentic Thai cuisine, as the locals eat it. Wat Khun Chan, which is an example of both ancient and modern temples. As well as temples, visit several traditional riverside businesses including and orchid farm.
The afternoon is a slow relaxing cruise back to the center where you will take in the magical Grand Palace, and the temple of the Emerald Buddha. As well as Thailand’s oldest temple, the temple of the reclining Buddha.
Whether your are here for an extended break or just a flying visit, this is one of the best ways to get the most of your visit, we highly recommend booking in advance to avoid disappointment. Book your spot now with Viator.
Other Bangkok river cruises
There are many other types of cruises available for you to enjoy in Bangkok, included Agro-cruises, Long tail cruises and more. All of which offer something slightly different to the next and your are sure to find one to suit your needs. Click here for a full list of river cruises available here in Bangkok.