Day by Day

Day 1 : Cultural LifeDay 2 : River LifeDay 3 : Calinary LifeDay 4 : Modern LifeDay 5 : Out of City Life

Day 2: River Life

When a river runs through it, you can be quite certain that the city built along its banks will be teeming with life. The Chao Praya River is long considered the main artery of Bangkok, and today the river continues to be a thoroughfare for boats to ferry passengers and produce to various parts of the waterway as it once was. Known as the River of Kings, this is also a watery stage for royal processions as well as rituals such as the release of floaters during Loy Krathong festival.

The Chao Phraya River stretches over 370 kilometres from its headwaters in Nakhon Sawan in the north to the Gulf of Thailand in the south. But it is the S-bend west of Koh Rattanakosin that forms the hub of river life, and the section that attracts the most tourists.

A ride on one of the many boats (from luxury cruises to river taxis) allows you to take in not only the many splendid buildings on both sides, but also the colourful life that characterizes this aquatic highway. You’ll get to see modern engineering marvels in the form of bridges (there are at least 5 of them, old and new) as well as old temples, naval installations, grand hotels, colonial residences, and water communities that make this the mother of all Thai rivers.

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