The Chao Phraya River borders Bangkok’s Rattanakosin Island and is based to the West of the Phra Nakhon District. A short 10 minute stroll from the Khao San Road will get you to the Phra Arthit pier N13 which is situated next door to the Navali River resort hotel.
Pick up the tourist boat for the 30-40 minute journey to Sathorn central pier for 40 Baht (80p) each way, and if you’re after some respite from the hot and humid weather, then this is a cheap option to cool down, and also take in some great views of the major sites around the Grand Palace on the way to Sathorn.
Remember to take some cool drinks for the journey, and get your camera ready for some great photo opportunities along the way. Don’t worry, as the boat has an announcer who will tell you what’s coming up and point out any interesting sights so you don’t miss them.
At Sathorn central pier, you can connect on the Bangkok Transit System (BTS) Skytrain for any onward journeys around Bangkok, and there are a few upmarket hotels that also offer free shuttles if you’re up for some fancy cocktails or something different for lunch.
For just over £1.50 for the return trip, this is an ideal way to take in the sights along the Chao Phraya River, and makes for an entertaining and different view of this area of Bangkok.