Chao Phraya River boats
taking a Bangkok river cruise 

By Eric Lim

The Chao Phraya River boats provide regular, tourist, express and charter boat services for a leisurely river cruise or to stop and see places of historical interest along the way. 


Types of Chao Phraya River boats 

Here are the various types of boats services available on the Chao Phraya River. 

  • Non-express passenger boats (no flag)

  • Chao Phraya tourist boat

  • Express river boat - orange flag

  • Express river boat – yellow flag

  • Boats for rental


Update 16 August 2011 - latest increase in river boats fares 

Owing to the increase in diesel price, the fares for the various Chao Phraya River boat services have been increased. These fares are correct as at 1 August 2011. 


Non-express passenger boats (no flag) 

Regular Chao Phraya River boat services operate everyday at all piers from N 30 Nonthaburi to S 3 Wat Ratchasingkorn from 

0620 – 0805 and 1500 - 1730 hours every 20 minutes. 

Fare based on distance at 10/12/14 baht.

This is the most convenient service for those who like to plan their own destinations and travel at their own time. 


Chao Phraya tourist boats

Chao Phraya tourist boats ply everyday from 0930 – 1600 hours, departing every 30 minutes, from Sathorn to nine other piers near major tourist attractions. Day passes at 150 baht each are good value for unlimited trips for the day. 

To get to the Sathorn Pier, take the Bangkok skytrain to the Taksin Bridge station. 


Chao Phraya tourist boat




Chao Phraya Express Boats 


Express river boats – orange flag 

Everyday 0600 – 1900 hours 

Fare 15 baht 

Stops at 18 piers
 

N30 N24 N22 N21 N18 N19 N15 N13 N12 N10 N9 N6 N5 N3 N1 Sathorn, S2 Wat Worajanyarat, S4 Wat Ratchasingkorn 


Chao Phraya express – orange flag

Express river boats – yellow flag 

The yellow flag express boats run only during peak hours in the mornings and evenings at selected piers primarily for workers and students. Not too convenient for first-timers, though seasoned visitors might find it useful. If it suits your travel plans, here it is. 

Mondays – Fridays 

0615 – 0830 hours and 1500 – 2000 hours 

Fare 20/29 baht 

Stops at 11 piers
 

N30 N24 N22 N15 N12 N10 N5 N3 Sathorn, S3 Wat Ratchasingkorn, S4 Ratcha Burana 


Chao Phraya boat rental service

Boats are available for rent for groups of 20 – 120. Prices range from 2,000 – 5,000 baht per hour depending on the type of boat. More details are at the Chao Phraya Express Boat booth at Sathorn Pier.

Choose the boat service that suits your travel needs for an enjoyable river cruise and tour of the Chao Phraya River. 

To return to Bangkok river cruise. 







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