Chao Phraya River
Things to do in Chao Phraya River, the major river in Thailand

Chao Phraya is a very important river in Thailand. It begins from the north of Thailand from the Ping, Wang, Yom and Nan rivers. Merging to form the estuary at Paknam Pho district, of Nakhon Sawan Province. It flows southwards through Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi and Bangkok before flowing into the sea, at the estuary in Samut Prakan Province the surrounding area of the estuary used to be location of the Chao Phraya district, thereby giving the name to the river Chao Phraya.

In the past, the areas in front of Thammasat University that follow the banks of the river stretching downward to Wat Arun Ratchawararam were actually one piece of land, without the river flowing through as it does today.

The former Chao Phraya River’s stream line flowed by passing Bangkok Noi Canal to Taung Chan Area and made a roundabout way to meet Bangkok Yai Canal stream on the present day. Later during the year 1534-1546 Somdet Phrachairachathirat, the King of Ayutthaya had ordered to dig a short-cut canal in the area of the narrowest isthmus, starting from the mouth of Bangkok Noi Canal, to the mouth of Bangkok Yai Canal, named it Khlong Lat Bangkok (Bangkok short cut canal), which then turned to be the same stream as Chao Phraya River until today.

Things to do in Chao Phraya River

Asiatique The Riverfront

Asiatique The Riverfront

ASIATIQUE The Riverfront, Thailand Your Night Shopping Destination The Lifestyle Night Market Location on the Chao Phraya River. The new travel destination and lifestyle shopping venue that completes all needs for…

Wat Pho Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho Temple of the Reclining BuddhaWat Pho Temple of the Reclining Buddha

This large and extensive temple neighbours the Grand Palace enclave on Thai Wang Road and contains a gigantic gold plated Reclining Buddha some 46 meters long and 15 meters high…

Wat Arun Temple of Dawn

Wat Arun Temple of Dawn

This famous Chao Phraya riverbank landmark diagonally opposite the Grand Palace, is best known for a porcelain encrusted 79 metre central pagoda which sparkles in the sun. The temple can be…

Wat Prayoon Wongsawas

Wat Prayoon Wongsawas

On the banks of the Chao Praya river close to Memorial bridge, it was built by King Rama lll.  

Wat Paramaiyikawat

Wat Paramaiyikawat

One of the most significant art objects in the temple is the Maha Raman Pagoda, a Mon style pagoda at the bank of the temple hall, build at the command…

Sol Heng Tai Mansion

So Heng Tai

So Heng Tai is the Oldest Chinese Court Yard Mansion in Thailand. Own by Mrs. Dungtawan Posayajinda and her children Mr. Poosak Posayachinda, Mrs. Jariya Posayachinda, Sermsak Posayajinda. So Heng…

Rong Kuak Shrine

Rong Kuak Shrine

Rong Kuak Shrine is located in the banks of Chao Phraya River close to Chinatown.

Taksin Bridge

Taksin Bridge

Taksin Bridge is crossing the Chao Phraya River, the main bridge that connect Sathorn road and Thonburi in Bangkok.

Nonthaburi Market

Nonthaburi Market

Located a short walk from the Nonthaburi Pier (N30) the end of the Chao Phraya River boats, a local Thai street market.

Wat Bang Chak Big Buddha

Wat Bang Chak Big Buddha

It’s large golden Buddha statue that is located in Nonthaburi province facing out over the river of Chao Phraya.

Wang Lang Market

Wang Lang Market

Wang Lang Market is located in Wang Lang road (opposite Siriraj Hospital) and around Prannok Pier with street food stalls.

Memorial Bridge

Memorial Bridge

The bridge was opened on April 6, 1932. You can find the statue of of King Rama I at the foot of the Memorial Bridge. The bridge was built of…

Fort Base, Siriraj Medical Museum

Fort Base, Siriraj Medical Museum

This is archaeological evidence from the remains of the Phra Rajawang Bovorn Sthanbimuk (Wang Lang); although not much can be seen now, every brick here can narrate the over-200-year-old history…

The King Rama I Monument

The King Rama I Monument

The King Rama I Monument is located in the front of the Memorial Bridge (Phra Phutthayotfa Memorial Bridge).

Bang Rak Fire Station

Bang Rak Fire Station

Bang Rak Fire Station, built in 1890 it is located in the east bank of Chao Phraya River, easy access from Wat Muang Kae Pier N2.  

Santichaiprakarn Pavilion

Santichaiprakarn Pavilion

Santichaiprakarn Pavilion is located next to the Phra Sumen Fort in Phra Arthit Road, ideal spot to unwind with the views of Chao Phraya River.

Wichai Prasit Fort

Wichai Prasit Fort

Wichai Prasit Fort was built in 1688 and it is situated on the western bank of the Chao Phraya close to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn.