Chao Phraya River, Bangkok
Jack’s Bar - as we nicknamed it - is a very rustic little place on the Chao Phraya River. Great for chilling out, people watching and taking in the atmosphere of the comings and goings of this busy river.
Jack himself is a real character; if he’s not serving you your drink, he can be found negotiating river trips on either a long tail boat or similar from the public pier or playing with his 3 adorable puppies or feeding his big, fat toad in his ornamental pond or, practising his golf swing off the end of the public pier!
If you’re staying at the Shangri La it’s ideally located – from the entrance gateway of the main wing, turn left and it’s just a few steps down to the river. If you’re staying at the Peninsula, it’s also conveniently situated – take the hotel boat straight across the river and from the Peninsular Pier reception lobby, turn right.
Address is roughly: Charoendrung Rd 42/1, Bangkok, Thailand
A G&T cost £2 – a bargain and with a great watching spot and a different perspective of the Chao Phraya River.
You can see Wat's everywhere in Bangkok, specially when you take the tour of the well known Chao Phraya River. There you can see the real life of most of the Bangkokians living in the side of this river. You can even discover some heart warming experience.
This is a pretty little river side park that I first visited in the pre dawn hours of an early morning walk. It’s not far from where I was staying and it offered up a nice spot to watch the sun rise and see the morning activity along the Chao Phraya River. The park was recently completed in 1999 and occupies a parcel of land that once belonged to Sri Maharacha Co Ltd, a sugar processing company.
This is a pretty little spot nicely landscaped with tiered levels of ground, walkways, green grass and large painted paper mache flowers and a pavilion used as a bandstand. You’ll also be able to see the Phra Sumen Fort, a small whitewashed fortress that was constructed in the era of King Rama 1 in the late 1700’s. Phra Sumen Fort is one of two remaining fortresses built to defend against the threat of invasion from the Burmese Kingdom..
As Bangkok began its existence as the new capital of what is now Thailand, this small fortress was built to protect access to the Chao Phraya River, and others were constructed throughout the area of Bangkok that is today referred to as “Old Bangkok”. This is one of only two forts that remain from a series of 14 that once existed.
I didn’t see any way to access the fortress but it certainly adds a lot of beauty and magic to the park.
I only stopped here in the early morning hours…it’s a popular place for morning exercise with people using the river side pathway for jogging but generally it was a pretty quiet spot and it provides a pretty good vantage point to see the structure of the Rama V111 Suspension Bridge over the river. You can use the walking path to lead to Pier 13 and a complex of river side hotels.
Stop here for a TIME OUT!!!
If you are using the boat system to get here get off at Pier 13 and turn left after leaving the street side access…or turn left and follow the walkway along the river.
It's clearly along the main tourist path, but largely ignored as tourists rush to catch the ferry across Chao Phraya from one wat to another (Wat Arun on the western side and opposite it across the river, Wat Pho). While the area is more famous for the ferry terminal that is located there, there is also a charming market within it that perhaps encapsulates what Bangkok is all about - along with the sights and smells that go with it.
It is a tiny neighborhood market by Asian standards, but it is certainly not lacking in character. Capitalizing on its riverside location, seafood seems to be the dominant product in both fresh and dried-and-salted varieties, as the smell yards away would tell you. There are other products on offer like fresh fruits, vegetables and even trinkets for tourists. There are even restaurants and cafes around if you need some place to chill out and soak up the atmosphere.
If you can make it, early morning seems to be the best time to visit when action is in full swing. I went there at the end of the day, when but a few stores were open and the exhausted traders were doing nothing but counting the day's revenues. But that didn't mean there were not enough photo opportunities for the shutter-happy tourists. For more images from Tha Tien, click this travelogue.
This is the King of Rivers which you can sail by the Chao Phraya River Ferry. The boat trip is really a worthwhile, which we did coming from Khao San Road going to the Oriental. At each pier, the boat hands plead to the crowd to keep a "cool heart" and allow the gap between dock and boat to subside before disembarking or boarding! Get aboard as quick as possible!
And ... a charming lady all in hippie style, dared to ask 400 THB per person when we wanted to enter the pier. An unsuspecting tourist would have payed her.
It is good to know the boat trip only cost 10 THB, just like by a river-bus. You pay and get your ticket within the boat. You'll love it, the cool breeze, watching some famous spots (we saw the Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn), some Thai kids splashin' around ...
Along Chao Phraya River we can see so many various fishes which can be consumed by people who live along this river.But the strange goes to one of the Vihara/Wat along Chao Phraya. [Forget the name].There's only one white fish among thousand cat fishes[black] in this River, live here.Persicely in front of the Vihara/Wat.... Some says if u see this extinc fish in this river...it will bring you the good luck in future...Just Pray and all your wishes come true.That's what people say abt .
And we saw it!!!.I saw the White Cat Fish!!!The one and only.
We can feed them from boat and they will surround us.What greedy fishes!!!
It might not be the best place to watch a sunset regarding all the pollution that covers the city. However, it is nice enough to be able to catch one along Chao Praya river, our main river in Bangkok. Whether you watch it while cruising or having a dinner at a place along the river.. Sunsetting sets a different mood to Bangkok.
USE THE RIVER TAXI AND MOVE OUT OF THE CITY FOR A FEW HOURS IT IS MOST REWARDING.JUST HAVE NO DESTINATION IN MIND JUST JUMP ON A RIVER TAXI AND JUMP OFF ANYWHERE THAT CATCHES YOUR EYE, YOU WILL MEET THAIS IN THEIR LOCAL SURROUNDINGS AND THEY ARE FRIENDLY.
Take the BTS to Saphan Taskin and you will arrive at the Jetty.
You can take the boat across the river or take a boat tour along the river.