Chao Phraya River Cruise was never in our itinerary but somehow we were being ‘convinced’ to try. This cruise began from Rajinee pier (N7), going along Chao Phraya River. After passing by Wat Arun, the boatman took a left turn into a canal in the heart of Thonburi.
Wat Arun viewing from Chao Phraya river.
Chao Phraya water front houses.
A tourist boat by the water front houses along the canal.
Some of the ‘happening’ captured along the canal in Thonburi.
Fixing the pipe – the water is rather shallow, perhaps about 4 feet.
Contemplating by the canal?
Noodle business by the canal. One bowl please!
The jetty along the canal with a waiting shed.
The boatman finally made the one and only stop at Royal Barge National Museum. The entrance fee is 30 Baht per person. Additional fee is charged for picture taking in this museum. Ancient barges made from wood with the stern and bow crafted in the shape of mythical birds are being displayed with some historical notes on the wall in a dimly lighted of a top sheltered hall.
Since we were planning for a tour to Grand Palace, we asked the boatman to stop us at N8 Tha Tien pier at a private jetty which required a landing fee of 20 Baht!
In my humble opinion, this an hour cruise that costed us 1200 Baht per boat (for three persons) somehow was far below our expectation. If you wish to try, please bear with the smell of the river/canal water that could be splashing out during the boat ride !