Thursday, March 13, 2008

Chao Phraya River Cruise

A trip to Bangkok is not complete without cruising the majestic Chao Phraya River - the longest river in Thailand stretching 370 kilometers. You have an option to take either the day cruise or the night cruise and I chose the latter because my friends who have been there said that it is better... and they are right. So, here are some of the pics I have taken aboard MV Princess.


Wat Arun (The Temple of the Dawn)



Millenium Hotel



Wat Phra Kaeo and Grand Palace



A cruise boat at a hotel backdrop



One of the many Wats at the River Banks



Rama VIII Bridge



The cruise departed and arrived at River City and lasted for a couple of hours. A river cruise in Bangkok provides a very different perspective of life in the city on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, an aspect you can’t get from the usual Bangkok city tour. It is perfect for sight-seeing while cuddling with your loved one.

54 comments:

  1. Wow! nice!

    Who is the guy in the last picture? Is that you?

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  2. Sounds good, looks good... especially the "cuddling your loved one" thing ! ;-)

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  3. beautiful pictures, Lawstude...!
    just loved the "Rama viii bridge"..
    and the last one, ofcourse..! ;)
    Thanks for sharing..!

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  4. you're right, the night river cruise is so much more amazing! i went on the river cruise with friends in 2005 but that was during the daytime. don't you think we can also have the same kind of cruise along the pasig if the river and the esteros are also clean?

    love that shot of the temple of the dawn =)

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  5. wow kuya, ganda ng pics...
    salamat sa pagpost nyan. that really made me feel good anyhow.
    ingats kuya ha!=)

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  6. @ towr - it wasn't me, the cute couple i think is Indian. thnx for dropping by.

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  7. @ sidney - chao sounds good lolz. its nice to view a awesome place with someone isn't it?

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  8. @ shades - the bridge was built in honor of a king. we passed under the bridge twice and it was really amazing.

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  9. @ carlotta - hmm let me see. if ever we have the same cruise in pasig river, the only thing we will see in the riverbank will be factories.

    we have a wonderful river in bohol. loboc river. i have featured that river in this blog last year.

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  10. @ cedeux - you're welcome. i am glad these pics somehow made you feel better.

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  11. great shots! i took the day cruise when i visited Bangkok a few years ago...it looks magical at night, specially the Rama VIII Bridge!

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  12. Great photos! Very beautiful!

    Thanks for your nice comment on Only Photos.

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  13. What a trip that must have been.
    Lovely colours on those nocturn landscapes.

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  14. The first photo is just so majestic. Wat means temple right?

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  15. Hi, Lawstude. Thos photos are amazing! Most photos taken in the night time and/or in lowlight condition were a tad "soft" but considerable. You should get for you a new camera with an IS next time ;)

    I have a fond attachment to Thailand even if I had not visited the place yet as my former boss in the travel business is a young and beautiful widow Thai (husband was Filipino). She's now back to Thailand. Someday I might visit this place as well...

    I'm glad you also had visited Panagbenga Festival. I was planning to visit the event for this year but didn't able to make up with my schedule. I see you had an excellent vantage point then. when I was there, I just join with the throng of spectators and it was difficult to take nice photos...

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  16. WoW...some very beautifully captured shots with lovely lighting & the colours...simply love the night shots & the entire place...Excellent!

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  17. @ luna miranda - i agree, the rama bridge was spectacular. we passed below it twice and it felt like we were at the end of the rainbow. spectacular.

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  18. @ sonia - your very welcome. thanks for appreciating the pics.

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  19. @ quintarantino - if not for the work that accompanied the trip, it will be more fun. but i guess i made the most of my stay there.

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  20. @ joe - yup. wat means temple. there are more than 3 thousand temples in bangkok and some within a kilometer of each other so thai officials ordered to stop the construction of any more temples.

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  21. @ dodong flores - i'll get a IS lens next time. i am planning to purchase a wide-angled lens (10mm-28mm).

    you will enjoy bangkok. every corner in there is photo-worthy and you will not run-out of temples and shrines to shoot.

    i was lucky to have stayed in the overpass where i got a good view of the parade. but i had to come early thou.

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  22. @ flyingstars - thank you. anyone with a dslr will surely have the same shots or better. just really an amazing river.

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  23. Great pix! I remember there's a very good restaurant near the Rama VIII Bridge, they have the best pad thai in town. I can't remember the name coz its written in Thai :)

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  24. Photos are all right though the blurs are quite obvious. Guess it happens when there's motion while capturing night scenes w/o a tripod.

    :)

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  25. nyero, mukhang puro lakwatsa tayo a. :-)

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  26. nyero, mukhang puro lakwatsa tayo a. :-)

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  27. @ kegler - every food i tried in bangkok is spicy and hot - from the soup to the desserts, i never tried hot and spicy food for almost a week since i got home.

    bangkok also has some funny-sounding name when translated to filipino, i.e., we shopped at a shoe store named "nawarat" and went to "luang pho to" temple.

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  28. @ kyels - ryt. moving boat without a tripod and not using an IS lens.

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  29. @ panyero aryo - biznes with plesyur nyero, sinisingit lang literally ang shooting.

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  30. @ mari - thanx for appreciating.

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  31. astig! gala ka rin pala at mahilig sa photography!

    link kita para masaya. =)

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  32. I just love the night shots of the temples. How wonderful.

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  33. ang sweet naman... kayo ba yung sa last foto? :)

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  34. Hi!

    Pano magpabook for the River Cruise? Saan magpapabook and how much?

    Thanks!!

    ~CJ

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  36. Hi Norman, here I am, after another hectic week, to see some wonderful pictures. Loved to see the Chao-Phraya at night. Posted some lousy pictures from Bangkok here, but they don't match yours. Thanks for solving my mistery of the Millennium Hotel...
    And thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter.
    Have a great weekend!
    Gil

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  37. @ coldman - thanx for passing by. link din kta.

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  38. @ carol - cruising the river at night has been one of my most amazing experience in bangkok.

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  39. @ anonymous - we booked the cruise in travel agents at our hotel's lobby and it cost 1 thousand baht.

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  40. ANOTHER VIRUS! Pls refrain from clicking fenrizar's links.

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  41. @ gmg - thanks gil. your bangkok pics ain't bad, in fact i loved it as it gave us a different perspective of the city.

    have a nice weekend too.

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  42. @ kris jasper - di ako yun, i think indian couple yun. i like it coz it also showed the flag of thailand.

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  43. Grabe, hindi ka naman mahilig sa
    pamamasyal?haha.

    Nice pic mr lawstude, you give justice to a very nice scenery ;0)

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  44. Shame we didn't get to do that when we visited. Not enough time. Perhaps when we visit again.

    Thanks for visiting Norwich Daily Photo and leaving your comments. Terribly sorry I've been busy decorating our new house and in the middle of packing, too. Once settled I shall be able to visit your blog more regularly. Have a great week ahead!


    joy
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    I, Woman

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  45. I have been so busy with life that I am just now catching up here... and wow! You have been to some awesome places!!

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  46. @ reign - wow. thanx for appreciating the pics. i guess i am just lucky to have this opportunity to visit a really picturesque river.

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  47. @ joy - no worries dear. i am just glad you got to check my posts even if not on a regular basis.

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  48. @ rochelle - GOD is good. HE allows me to have a nice job that travels well.

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  49. kaingit ka naman attorney.

    it was nice to see those temples ive been to last 2004..and their names as well.

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  50. A marvelous trip Attorney. Hope I can go there someday.

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  51. @lawstude:
    When I was in Bangkok, the night tour was one of my planned itineraries but sad to say I never had the chance to try it. Somehow, a canopy of wet blanket seemed to descend upon my eldest sister that day. haay...

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