Photo Flashbacks – Bangkok Express Ferry 22

Last week I took you on a journey with my photo flashbacks to Sydney Harbour.  One of the discussion arising from that post was with Rhonda from Albom Adventures, we talked about how taking the local ferry to sightsee can be just as good as a commercial boat and at a fraction of the cost.

So this week I thought I would share with you how we explored the Chao Phraya river by local ferry when we visited Bangkok – the capital of Thailand.

The Chao Phraya Express boat costs 150Baht ($5.80AUD) for an all day pass, this allows you to get on and off the ferry at all the landmark stops.

Bangkok express ferry

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We buy tickets and board the Bangkok express ferry at the Central Pier (Sathorn Pier) having disembarked from the BTS Skytrain that we caught from near our hotel at Siam Square.

As soon as we set sail the commentary starts.  The luxurious Shangri-La and Oriental Hotels are pointed out before we make our way into the busier section of the Chao Phraya River.

There are a couple of smaller stops with mainly locals hoping on and off before we reach the first major tourist stop – the Grand Palace.  Many of our fellow tourists disembark, however we are staying on board for the full journey.

Bangkok express ferry

Grand Palace

With fewer people on board we can now spread out and relax for the remainder of the trip.

Bangkok express ferry

As we sail along our commentator points out the working boats on the river and explains that the river is used as a source for transporting goods.

Bangkok express ferry

Chao Phraya River

Our next major tourist stop is the Wat Arun Buddhist temple.

Bangkok express ferry

Wat Arun Temple

Then we make our way back down the river.

Bangkok express ferry

Chao Praya River

Taking the local ferry has been a great way to see some of Bangkok in a short amount of time.

Have you taken a local ferry to explore a city?

Bangkok express ferry

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