So you’ve explored Bangkok using BTS, MRT and taxi. What about using the Chao Phraya River water taxi? Never? Then you’re missing out on soooooo much!
I understand it can be confusing and scary, especially if you don’t understand how the Bangkok water taxi system works nor know much Thai (Sawasdee and Kop Khun Kha doesn’t count…)!
However, they’re actually one of the best ways to explore Bangkok – especially since there’s no traffic!
If you’re up for an adventure or would like to explore Bangkok differently, then we highly recommend you to take the water taxi. To get your journey started, we’ve crafted a one-day water taxi itinerary that lets you explore 6 spectacular places along the Chao Phraya River.
Tip: If you find yourself ahead of schedule or wish to squeeze in a visit to the iconic Grand Palace (Tha Maharaj Pier) and Wat Arun (Wat Arun Pier), feel free to rearrange your water taxi itinerary as you’d like!
PS: Take the Chao Phraya Tourist Boat (operates from 9am to 8.30pm) from the Sathorn Pier to follow this itinerary. We suggest buying a one-day pass (200 baht / USD $6.49 if purchased on-site or 165 baht / USD $5.35 via Klook) as it’s cheaper than buying one-way tickets (60 baht / USD $1.95) for this itinerary.
LHONG 1919 Pier (40 min)
Take the 9am boat from Sathorn Pier and alight at Lhong 1919 Pier at 9:08am.
1. Explore a 19th century Chinese mansion by the river – Lhong 1919 (ล้ง 1919)
Start your morning by uncovering Chinese influence in Bangkok. Though no longer operating as a mansion, its architecture and Chinese mural paintings throughout the complex will remind you of China and is definitely a sight you must see.
Otherwise, you can do some shopping, dine with loved ones or hold a photo session here. You can even pray to Mazu, the god of seafarers, at its shrine if you’re keen!
Lhong 1919 is also a great place to laze around. Sit on one of the benches scattered at its courtyard while you bond with your beloved one and see boats pass by.
ICONSIAM Pier (4 hours)
Take the 9:52am boat from Lhong 1919 Pier and alight at ICONSIAM Pier at 9:56am.
2. Shop and have lunch at Bangkok’s ritziest mall – ICONSIAM
ICONSIAM isn’t just another fancy mall in Bangkok. It’s THE mall to go to if you want the ultimate luxurious mall experience. Why?
Culture – It has an indoor floating market (aka SookSiam) that sells local food and drinks (e.g. chive dumplings and floral drinks)
Food – You can dine at famous Thai restaurants without queuing for long (if there’s even any!!)
Shop – You can go on a shopping spree at mid-tier to high-end brands and buy unique souvenirs (Ferrero Rochers earrings!)
Attraction – There’s an outdoor water show (with music and lights) and an indoor waterfall you can marvel at