This printable guide has been designed to highlight the most interesting piers found along the 21km Chao Phraya River Express Boat route. Temples, a wet market or an unexpected enclave… if it’s something worth seeing then it’s here. Once you’ve decided which piers you want to visit, use the quick links below to familiarise yourself with the different ferry lines, namely their routes, schedules and fares. Then set off on your custom-made – and dirt cheap – adventure on the River of Kings.
A quick tip: of the five lines that ply the water the Orange Flag is your best bet – it operates all day. After the morning rush-hour, boats come every 20 minutes until around 16:00 when other lines kick into action and boats appear more frequently. If completely confused by the melee, another more comfortable option is a ‘Tourist Boat’, though these only come every 30 minutes.
Operating Hours: 06:00 – 19:30
Price: Typically between 10 to 15 baht, though long journeys at peak hours can reach 30 baht (fares paid onboard).
Sathorn (Central Pier)
Reasons to come:
- Saphan Taksin Skytrain (BTS) Station
- Silom Road
- Sathorn Road
- Eminent Riverside Hotels, including Shangri-La Bangkok and lebua at State Tower
- Shuttle boats to hotels like The Peninsula Bangkok, Millennium Hilton Bangkok, Menam
- Riverside Hotel, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok and Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa.
- Shuttle boat to Bangkok Night Festival Market named Asiatique the Riverfront
Reasons to come:
- the colonial atmospheres and period architecture of the old Western quarter
- the venerable Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok, the perfect place for literary nostalgia and
- afternoon tea on the Author’s Lounge
- OP Place, an upmarket antiques arcade housed in a white period building
- French Embassy