Chao Phraya River is a major river in Thailand that flows through Bangkok and then into the Gulf of Thailand. It is also called “The River of Kings.”
Thai history can be traced along the banks of the river. It has been the lifeblood of Bangkok since the city’s foundations were laid in the 15th century. The river is also the principal transport network for hundreds of water taxis and ferries. The water taxi system is mostly used by local residents on their daily commutes.
Taking a cruise along the legendary river is the best way to explore the city of Bangkok that once dubbed as “Venice of the East.” The highlight of the trip are Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho, Wat Arun and the floating market in Damnoen Saduak. Aside from the tourist attractions, visitors will also be able to see the lives of Thai people living along the river. There are ferries, longboats and an assortment of other vessels ply the river serving natives and visitors alike.