Chao Phraya River in Bangkok Thailand

Bangkok by River

The area surrounding Bangkok has always been a swamp and the Chao Praya River forms the biggest waterway here. In the 16th century there were already channels dug in the Chao Praya River to give shipping better access to and from the former capital Ayutthaya. The large meanders that the river course made on its way to the Gulf of Thailand were cut off by canals. The majority of waterways were created after Bangkok became the new capital. The most southern of the canals had to be filled in again because at high tide the city flooded with seawater.
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River Cruise in Bangkok - Sightseeing on the Chao Phraya

A river cruise in Bangkok gives an insight to the community life on the Chao Phraya River and the legacies on this river of kings, a picture of stark contrasts.
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Interesting Stops Along the Chao Phraya River - Bangkok

Cruising along the Chao Phraya is one of the best ways to see Bangkok, it gives you a unique perspective of riverside life and the difference between the two sides of Bangkok, new and old. It also offers a welcome blast of air in a humid city and certainly beats being stuck in traffic!
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