Chao Phraya River
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For centuries, the Chao Phraya River has been an important passageway for the people of Thailand. Flowing 370 kilometers south from it's origin in the Province of Nakhon Sawan, the Chao Phraya is one of Thailand's largest and most important rivers.
The waterway snakes its way through Bangkok before emptying into the Gulf of Thailand. In Walking distance from the famous Khao San road, three of the city's most beautiful temples lay at the river's bank. Wat Pho, The temple of the reclining Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew, The temple of the Emerald Buddha and Wat Arun, The Temple of the Dawn. The Tha Tien pier is near by the 3 temple sites and travel in both directions along the river is possible.
Used as a major passageway for commerce and transport, the river is full of life and motion. The Ta Tien pier is crowded with stalls selling anything from food to souvenirs. Artisans can be seen at work crafting jewellery and handicrafts.
Travelling by river is a great way to get around in Bangkok with fares usually under one dollar. After visiting Wat Pho and Wat Phra Gaew, most tourists visit Wat Arun. Just a two minute ferry ride directly across the river.
Wat Arun is a buddhist temple featuring Khemer style buddhist towers. The Temple has some of the best vistas of old Bangkok. With a bird's eye view of boat traffic and piers in view, you really get a feel for life on the Chao Phraya.
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