Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya (1)

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.

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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.

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The pier is right under the bridge of Sathon Road.

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One of the River buses… shape with roof like an  old Thailand building architecture.

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Hotel Shangrila Palace which is next to Chao Phraya  River.

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One of the many piers along Chao Phraya river.

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Holy Rosary Church built by the Portuguese in Samphanthawong on the bank of Chao Phraya; south of Yaowarat, Chinatown.

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Interesting ride. Wanna see more? Come and follow me on my next posting on this series of ride down River Chao Phraya. =)

Dinner @ 123

What a ‘welcoming’ site to Taiwan; wet and cold. It took 45min before I got to the hotel and it was still raining. Was hungry as the airplane food did not help much on me stomach.

So … the next best thing was to borrow an umbrella from the hotel and to look for food nearest to the hotel.  Mmm… saw this small little shop each time I was here but never step in or tried this place. It was always full of people during dinner time. So tonight was the night to give it a try.

The deco is like a typical simple Japanese stall … guess most it customers were Japanese (can see also lots of Japanese words and magazines and lots of empty sake bottles)

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Tables and chairs are small but comfortable. Menu was simple and in both English and Japanese. Asked the waitress for their specialty and she recommended their Japanese fried chicken. (everything Japanese haha). Aside from that we ordered some fried glass noodles, fried rice, fried veg, fried dumpling and fried prawns…. Geesh.. all fried stuff.. Lol

20121126-114433 PM.jpg  Name cards of their customers who dine there.

20121126-114442 PM.jpg Pineapple Beer anyone? Taste real nice….  Ladies will like this a lot.

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20121126-114452 PM.jpg Their speciality….. Japanese Fried Chicken

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20121126-114501 PM.jpg Fried prawns with pineapple with sweet and salty mayo.

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Overall, the food is nice and home cook. Guess we will come back again the next time and to try the others dishes which are not on their menu.