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Chao Phraya River

Find where famous writers had their hangouts and browse the stalls of the floating market in the River of Kings.

The Chao Phraya River is the historic waterway that meanders through the center of Bangkok. Many of the city’s main sights adorn the banks of this river. Attractions on the water include a floating market, dinner cruises and boat rides. Stroll along the intriguing riverside districts for a glimpse into local cultures and traditions.

Cross a few of the major bridges that link the two sides of Bangkok. Among the highlights is the Bhumibol Bridge, in the Samut Prakan Province. Take photos of the imposing structure at night, when its lights reflect on the river. The bridge crosses two sections of the river, with an intriguing and innovative design.  

View the array of temples adorning the eastern side of the river. Many of these were built by King Rama I in the 18th century, as it is said he preferred the eastern side of the city. 

Note that the river was admired by such esteemed writers as Joseph Conrad and W. Somerset Maugham. It acquired nicknames as the River of Kings and Venice of the East, in reference to its many canals and tributaries. 

Climb aboard a ferry to get around the city and hop off at one of the main piers. Spot kids playing in the shallower parts of the brown water, beside traditional wooden huts. 

Visit some of the eclectic areas along the riverbanks. The Phra Arthit district has charming boutiques and restaurants. Purchase food and trinkets from the Thewet Market. Find colorful flowers and fruits in the Pak Khlong Flower Market near the King Rama I Memorial Bridge.  

The Chao Phraya River runs through the heart of Bangkok, from the north to its southern exit into the Gulf of Thailand. Travel up and down the city on a river taxi to avoid the road traffic. See nearby sights, including the Wat Sa Khla temple, the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo and the Erawan Museum.


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            Millennium Hilton Bangkok

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