Friday, November 22, 2013

BTS Skytrain to Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Chao Phraya River in Bangkok

No visit to Bangkok can be considered complete without seeing attractions like the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, etc. that are scattered along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Fortunately for tourists, the Sathorn Bridge Pier (Central Pier) on the mighty river is connected to Bangkok BTS Sky Train's Saphan Taksin Station. Saphan Taksin station is on Sky Train's Silom line that stretches from National Stadium station at one end to Wongwian Yai station at the other end. Silom line connects with the Sukhumvit line on the Siam Sky Train station that is common to both the lines. There is a well decorated Tourist Information Center on the Saphan Taksin Station where one can get all the info on the various attractions along the river. The stairs going out of Saphan Taksin Station go straight to the Sathorn Bridge Pier (Central Pier) on Chao Phraya River. A One-Day Tourist Boat Pass is all one needs to buy there to see major riverside attractions. (See detailed info on tourist boat pass below)

Sathorn Bridge Pier on Chao Phraya River, Bangkok

Truncated map of BTS Sky Train Bangkok

Tourist Information Center on Saphan Taksin Sky Train Station, Bangkok

Way to the Sathorn Bridge Pier from Saphan Taksin Sky Train Station Bangkok

Chao Phraya Tourist Boat - One Day Pass

Chao Phraya Tourist Boat Ticket Office Sathorn Pier Bangkok

An easy way to visit all the major attractions including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, etc. is to buy an unlimited ride pass on the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat. The one day pass costs 150 Thai Baht per person and is valid for unlimited rides from 09.30 AM to 4.00 PM. The tourist boat operated by the Chao Phraya Express Boat Company leaves Sathorn Pier every 30 minutes and connects a total of 8 piers on the river:

1. Sathorn Pier - Starting point

2. Oriental Pier (N1) - Various hotels

3. Si Phraya Pier (N3) - River City

4. Rajchawong Pier (N5) - China Town

5. Tha Tien Pier (N8) - Wat Pho, Wat Arun (other side of the river via another boat)

6. Maharaj Pier (Special River Pier) - Grand Palace

7. Wang Lang Pier (N 10) - Siriraj Hospital and Museum

8. Phra Arthit Pier (N 13) - Khao San

One can get on and off at any pier to visit the nearby attractions.Passengers are allowed to take any other Chao Phraya Express Boat within the same route from 9.30 AM to 7.30 PM using the tourist boat one day pass.  It is possible to take a taxi from Grand Palace or Wat Pho (eastern side of the river) to shopping areas of Bangkok (MBK etc.) without going back by boat to Sathorn Pier.

Posted by Narinder Singh
Blog by: Narinder Singh