Bangkok, Thailand: Chao Phraya River Cruise


Going on a cruise has always been one of those things waiting to be crossed out in my bucket list. I always dream of going on a Carribean cruise or a cruise similar to it . But upon learning that a Dinner Cruise along the Chao Phraya River was possible to do during our Bangkok trip, I immediately researched on it and consulted several travel review websites if the experience was worth it. It was a step closer to fulfilling the cruise dream, not quite but almost. Much of the reviews showed much appreciation towards the dinner cruise. So yes, we gave it a try.

I could say that anything related to new and novel experiences make me act on such impulse and excitement. Being spontaneous as I am, ding ding ding, I immediately considered, “Why not try the cruise?” PLUS, I am dying to see the beautiful temples magnificently lit during the night!

And so, after much research, I was sure enough to make a reservation with Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise Thailand ( And yes, the reservation I made did not go in vain as I was able to experience the Chao Phraya Dinner Cruise in a perfectly windy weather during our second night in Bangkok after exploring the temples of Bangkok during the day.

We took the BTS Sky train and got off at Saphan Taksin Station. The river boats in Sathorn Pier just below the Saphan Taksin station are only until 6:30 so it was not possible for us to take a boat going to the River City Pier. We just took a taxi from Saphan Taksin station and told the taxi driver that we were going to River City Shopping Center where the Chao Phraya Princess Cruise Ships were docked.

We delighted ourselves with a panoramic view of Bangkok during the evening with its vivid cityscape, spectacle of lights, and river life on board a cruise ship to take us around the Chao Phraya River. This was such an awesome way to go sightseeing at night, especially that Bangkok’s famous temples and monuments are all beautifully-lit for every tourist’s eyes to behold.

From this view, you can see most of the beautiful temples, including the Grand Palace, old houses on stilts, 19th century architecture, and floating markets.

Jaw-dropping view of Wat Arun

The Grand Palace

Rama VIII Suspension Bridge

One of the best ways to escape the demands of the hustle and bustle of the busy Bangkok is to explore the heart of the old city through the river and the network of canals (khlongs). And yes, the best way to do this is to take a river ferry, or book a tour, but most especially try a dinner cruise.

The Chao Phraya River holds much significance to the lives of the Thais. The Chao Phraya River was the origin of Thai civilization as it is the major river in the country which reflects its legacy to the entire nation. Its name is often translated as the “River of Kings”.

I would recommend this to tourists who adore evening city lights and night cityscapes! This two hour cruise that comes with buffet dinner and on board with live band and music is perfectly reasonable for 1,100 baht. This could also be useful for tourists in transit who are very much pressed for time but would really like to see the beauty and the majesty of the temples especially in the evening. Plus, if you’re in for a romantic night with your special one, this would be one of the recommended activities to try while in Bangkok.

Yes, very much romantic

Bangkok truly welcomes people from all walks of life and provides a comfortable niche to anyone who visits their country.


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