Sawasdee torn chao (good morning) all!

We introduced you to Saen Saeb canal boat last time.

And today we’re talking about the other boat service Bangkok has, The Chao Phraya Express boat.

Just a reminder, in Thai we call boat “ruea”.

Chao Phraya river (mae-nam Chao Phraya) is the major and largest river in Thailand, resulted from the confluence of Ping and Nan rivers at Nakhon Sawan province and flowing through Bangkok. There are of course many main attractions lining along the river.

Unlike Saen Saeb canal boat, the Chao Phraya service only has one line, but with five types of boat going five different routes. Operation time runs from about 6am-8pm daily, with various conditions for each type of boat.

Boats are differentiated by the color of flag. The boat with no flags simply stops at every pier while the orange-, yellow– and green-flagged boats have selective stops. A special type of boat is the blue-flagged one, dubbed “Chao Phraya Tourist Boat”, that only stops at eight main piers but allows you to take unlimited trips throughout a day for ONLY 150 Baht.


Sathorn pier is the central pier, where all types of boat stop, and can be reached easily by going off BTS skytrain Saphan Taksin Station. Here are some other piers and what the areas have to offer.

Ratchawong pier leads you to Bangkok’s Chinatown (Yaowarat), where there’s the colorful vibe of people shopping and eating.

Tha Tien pier you can visit Bangkok’s largest temple, Wat Pho, as well as flower market “Pakklong talad” or take a ferry cross the river to see the picturesque Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).

Maharaj pier connects you to the most popular attraction The Grand Palace, in which the Temple of Emerald Buddha also resides. From there, you can also visit the Western-influenced Anantasamakom Throne Hall Palace and the new community mall by the river, simply named Tha Maharaj (Thai for Maharaj pier).

Wanglang pier is located right by Siriraj hospital, one of the most acclaimed hospitals in Thailand. At the hospital, there is a medical museum that exhibits the history of the hospital and medical progress in Thailand.

Around Phra Athit pier is an area good for a walk. There are nice shophouses and eateries along Phra Athit road. You can also walk to the famous Khao San road from this pier.

For more information about Chao Phraya express boat, visit


Have a nice day!

Sawasdee Krub

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