Hello!! Welcome back to my blog. If you have followed me from my previous series, I am still covering on my trip to Bangkok, Thailand back in 2008 (yes… way back then! A delayed posting. =P )
This was my 3rd day in Thailand and I have covered earlier posting on; Damnoen Saduak Ratchaburi Floating Market, Fruit Orchard in Ratchaburi Province, Wat Nong Hoi Temple in Ratchaburi Province , Tree Temple at Samut Songkhram Province, King Rama II Memorial Park at Amphawa, and my last series was on Amphawa Floating Market
Today I will cover on my trip along Chao Phraya River which passes through Bangkok city.
A brief intro before I start my journey. Chao Phraya is one of the major rivers in Thailand with its low alluvial plains. Along the river, there a lots of settlements such as Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Singburi, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Bangkok and Samut. These cities are among the most historically significant and densely populated settlements of Thailand because of their access to the waterway.
In Bangkok, the Chao Phraya is a major transportation gateway for a vast network of river buses, cross-river ferries and water taxis, also known as longtails. There are more than 15 boat lines operate on the rivers and canals of the city, including commuter lines which you can choose from which I will be taking as one of the transport around the river. =)
Ok… let’s get going. Starting off, I hopped on to the Bangkok Skytrain to the Saphan Taksin station (on Shilon Line) in Sathorn District to catch the river bus on Chao Phraya river.
From the Saphan Taksin station, it was a few minutes walk to the Sathorn Pier. Easy walk. =)
A view from the pier to catch the Sathorn Pier or the Central Pier of the 21km Chao Phraya River Express Boat route.
The pier is right under the bridge of Sathon Road.
One of the River buses… shape with roof like an old Thailand building architecture.
Hotel Shangrila Palace which is next to Chao Phraya River.
One of the many piers along Chao Phraya river.
Holy Rosary Church built by the Portuguese in Samphanthawong on the bank of Chao Phraya; south of Yaowarat, Chinatown.
Interesting ride. Wanna see more? Come and follow me on my next posting on this series of ride down River Chao Phraya. =)
Yes, following and enjoying your series! 🙂
Thanks!! More to come……
Very interesting: the sepia photo is great and so is the photo of the pier along Chao Phraya river. It is evocative and makes me wonder if you can pull up at a pier and have a cup of coffee and watch the river traffic float by. Looking forward to more posts.
Thanks! I am not sure about whether you can pull up at the pier and have a cuppie but i believe someone would have already thought of that. Anyway… stay tune for more to come. =)
Love the architectural details of the river boat and church. Your photography has such atmosphere. Love it!
Thanks!! I have more coming. Stay tune..
Very nice view. However, I notice that the water is brown…I suppose it’s not very clean. Must be a hot ride, lots of sun 🙂
good catch! yup the water is the brown in colour or like free flow of ‘kopi peng’ or ‘teh tarik’ haha!! Yes, it does not look clean at all and looks polluted. I definitely would not want to take a dip in there for sure. It was indeed a hot sunny day. Sweating!!!
Hahaha, like kopi. Spot on. I notice a lot of rivers in Asian cities look like that. Not really surprising as people here like to dump street food cooking-washing water into drains.
I guess that’s just part of it only. I believe human waste would have at some point gone into there too. It is really sad though. Guess it is the upbringing of the Asian but some Asian countries have moved on like Japan. Don’t you think so?
Thanks for following my blog. You got nice photos in your blog. I will be publishing another article on Ayutthaya soon. Come visit!
Thanks for dropping in mine too! I will definitely drop in to see your new article on Ayutthaya. =)