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The Chao Phraya River, Bangkok in Photos

by Dean Wickham on July 27, 2012

in Asia, Destinations, Photo Essays, Photos, Thailand

I returned to Bangkok, Thailand recently as a stop over on my way to Africa, and my wife joined me for the four days as we explored more of this city that we both love. Each day that we went out, we seemed to find ourselves on a ferry on the Chao Phraya River.

The river is really an important part of life in Bangkok and acts as a highway that is always a hive of activity. Riding the ferries along the river is not only cheap and a great way to avoid the city’s chaotic traffic, it’s also a great way to see some of Bangkok’s most beautiful and interesting sights.

Here are some of the photos that I took on the Chao Phraya River ferries on my recent trip, along with a couple of older ones from last year’s visit.

Long tail boats on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

Long tail boats on the Chao Phraya River

Ferry at Wat Kalayanamit on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

A ferry heads across the river to Wat Kalayanamit

A Ferry at a pier on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

A ferry docked at a pier

Wat Arun at sunset on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Arun at sunset

Rama VIII Bridge on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

Rama VIII Bridge

Wichai Prasit Fort and Wat Arun at sunset on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

Wichai Prasit Fort and Wat Arun at sunset

Wat Rakhang at sunset on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Rakhang at sunset

A ferry heads along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

A ferry heads along the Chao Phraya River

A ferry at Wat Arun on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

A ferry at Wat Arun

A long tail boat on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

A long tail boat in a typical river scene

Boats on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

A barge is pulled up river by a tug boat

Wat Arun at sunset on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

A long tail boat heads up river past Wat Arun at sunset

A wooden cruise boat at Rama VIII Bridge on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand

A wooden cruise boat heads up river towards Rama VIII Bridge

Have you been to Bangkok? Did you spend much time on the Chao Phraya River?

 

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Tourism Thailand July 28, 2012 at 6:50 pm

Beautiful pictures

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Dean Wickham July 29, 2012 at 6:49 am

Thank you

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Natalie July 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Fantastic pictures. Do you mind me asking which photo editing program you are using? I am shopping around

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Dean Wickham July 29, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Thanks Natalie. I actually use a few different programs depending on the photo. I use Digital Photo Professional (canon software) and/or Photoshop/Lightroom, and I use Photomatix Pro for HDR processing.

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Stephanie - The Travel Chica July 29, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Never been, but it looks like a great spot to catch a sunset.

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Dean Wickham July 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

Hi Stephanie. Watching the sunset over Wat Arun is one of my most memorable moments in Bangkok. It’s quite beautiful.

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Brock - Backpack With Brock July 31, 2012 at 2:15 am

Beautiful buildings!

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Dean Wickham July 31, 2012 at 7:34 am

Hey Brock. There are some really nice buildings along the river, particularly the temples.

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Jade Johnston - OurOyster.com August 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm

Those are some really great photos and the fact that you got them while on a boat is even better

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Dean Wickham August 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Thanks Jade. Boat is the best way to experience the river.

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John August 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Your photos look so… dreamyyy. Anyway, this is far from the water market?

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Dean Wickham August 3, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Hi John. There are several floating markets in Bangkok, but most are further out of the city. These photos were taken right in the center of Bangkok. Cheers!

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iAn December 12, 2013 at 2:40 am

the Chao Phraya Experience is great. There are a lot see on the river side.

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