Exploring Bangkok by boat is a fantastic way to get a glimpse into the timeless charm of the city. You can experience the role of Bangkok’s many waterways, which dates back to ancient times. With majestic sites and attractions lined up on both banks of the Chao Phraya River, getting around Bangkok by boat is a popular option among first-time travellers to the city.
Using the extensive network of boats and ferries might seem complicated and requires a bit of research. Our Bangkok Rivers, Canals and Klongs Guide has a list of important points to help you navigate the city’s waterways during your holiday.
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Vertigo & Moon Bar Rooftop Dining
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Shangri-La Hotel's Buffet Dinner Cruise
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise
- Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour
Important points about waterways in Bangkok
Bangkok’s waterways are divided into 3 parts:
- The main Chao Phraya River
- Klong Saen Saeb – cuts across Bangkok city from east to west
- Klongs of Thonburi – a network of canals on the opposite side of the river
There are 6 main types of boats:
- River taxis (also called Express Boats)
- Long-tail boats
- River-crossing ferry
- Canal boats
- Private river cruise
- Hotel shuttle boats
There are 5 types of Express Boat River Taxis:
- No flag (Local Line) – stops at every Pier
- Blue Flag Line (tourist boat) – stops whenever you want
- Orange Flag Line – stops at the main piers
- Yellow Flag Line – large express boat for commuters
- Green Flag Line – express boat for commuters
Long-tail boats are like tuk-tuks on water. These yellow narrow boats can be rented privately. You can negotiate the cost with the driver, but we highly recommend booking a tour for convenience.
Sathorn Central Pier is directly in front of Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station, providing shuttles from riverside to the rest of the city.