|SPLENDORS OF CHAOPHRAYA RIVER IN BANGKOK THAILAND.
Palace & Temple
In the early days, the Chaophraya River was used as a major communication, transportation, and commercial artery, Owing to the conveniences it offered, many people settled by the river, Temples (Or wat in Thai) sacred places of warship, were also built on the river banks On the Chaop Phraya River, you can hardly miss the
With European inspired designs (except for the roof), the Grand Palace is nowadays used only for important occasions such as coronations, royal birthdays, and the reception of foreign dignitaries, The Grand Palace is the pre-eminent symbol of monarchy in Thailand.
A world famous landmark and one of the mast photographed places in Thailand is also found on the banks of the Chao Phraya River
Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn
On the west side of the river, It is best known for its sparking porcelain-studded central pagoda (Phra Prang). Dating from the pagoda (Phra Prang). Dating from the Ayutthaya Period, the temple served as the royal chapel during the Thonburi reign of King Taksin. Another magnificent edifice on the Chao Phraya River is
The massive temple is close to the river on the Thonburi side, This is a mid-nineteenth century temple and one of the most prominent temples along the Chao Phraya River,
Bangkhunphrom Palace is a western style palace by the chao phraya River Combining Renaissance and Rococo art, this palace is renowned for its elegance, architectural and artistic qualities, The palace is now a part of the Bank of Thailand,
And its riverside pavilion is under the care of the Bank of Thailand Museum.
Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the heart of Old Bangkok,
Consists of three private apartments set in the luxuriant gardens of chakrabongse House, Within this tranquil location, visitors can escape from the hostile and bustle of modern-day Bangkok.
As the Chao Phraya River, in the olden days, was also the centre for trading, it is not surprising that there were commercial zones of multicultural diversity,
Around the corner is a community of Indo-Thai Muslims called the
White Mosque and Red Mosque
Thai-Chinese communities can be seen throughout the country. Most of them were bustling commercial districts such as
On Bangkok side and Huay Jung Long, a busy steam boat pier since the fourth reign, on Thonburi side,
Has been in existence since the citys early history, it is a buzzing and colouful market enriched with wetern architecture such as Siam Commercial Bank Building and the Holy Rosary Church.
The first commercial bank of Thailand is located on the river bank, it was designed by Annibale Rigotti, an ltalian architect, This beautiful building constructed beteen 1606 and 1910. Open weekdays, 08.30 17.00 hrs. Admission is free.
The Holy Rosary Church
Located on the bank of Chao Phraya River, is one of the oldest Catholic Church in Bangkok, It is more widely known by ist older name Wat kalawar.
River of Siam
The Chao Phraya River plays many roles in Thai life and in fact it is regarded as the principle artery of the nation. Much of Thai history can be traced along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. As if flows, the river carries with it the history and culture of the country.
Crafted centuries ago since the first reign, the royal barges were for important royal or religious accession, Each garge is carved from a huge piece of teak with prows carved into mythical creatures of the Ramayana epic. They are gilded in gold and intricately decorated with tiny shimmering pieces of glass, Today, the countrys most stunning royal barges can be viewed at the
Royal Barges National Museum.
The Memorial Bridge is a double-leaf bascule steel structure, it was built at the behest of king Rama Vill on the occasion of the citys 150th anniversary, On the Bangkok side is a bronze
Monument of King Rama I the Great
In front is a concrete wall with a marble plaque bearing the legend, pathom Boromma ratcha chakri Wong (Founder of the Chakri Dynasty) together with a carved depiction of elephants.
Riverine Way of Life
Like a main roads side streets, the Chao Phraya Rive has canal offshoots, A river is called maenam in Thai and a canal is a klong. Klong Bangkok Noi branches out from the Chaoo Phraya River. It flows in a horse-shoe shape through the old Bangkok Noi Community in the Thonburi area which used to be an agricultural zone. The lifestyle of the community was simple, To this day, it remains unchanged and there are still paces on the canals banks where people maintain their traditional lifestyle,
Tailing Chan Floating Market
Possesses its endless attration to thais and foreigners alike, The life of the residents by the Chakphra Canal still retains the atmosphere and style of true nature reflecting the attachment to the river of the capital dwellers,. This market, which operates on Saturdays and Sundays 09.00 17.00 hrs. only, is located in front of the Tailing Chan District Office in the west of Bangkok. The market is accessible by air-con bus No. 79. Additionally, long-tail boat trips along the canals are available.
In Putthamonthon District, nakhon Pathom Province, board a local boat for a journey along Klong Mahasawat, passing landscape characterzed by rice fields, kitchen gardens and vegetable plots, orchards, plantations and farms, the produce of which is delivered to the fresh and all-day markets of Nakhon Pathom Provinec. This is a provincial hub, farm produce is sold in ths natural state or processed info a rage of enticing local delicacies.
At night, many intersection sights along the river are tit up to give you an opportunity to see fresh vistas impollible to experience in the day time. Old temples, palaces and communities along the river banks tells us the livelihood of the people and had led to the birth of civilization.
See the Grand Palace and Rama Vill Bridge, an impressive sight with its single inverted Y-shape tower, sleek superstructure, and gold colored cables arranged on both single and double planes, This asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge elegantly crosses the Chao Phraya River to alleviate traffic congestion on both the Bangkok and Thonburi sides and to honor the beloved royal brother, King Ananda Mahidol (Rama VIII), the eighth monarch of the Chakri Dynasty.
Festivity by the River
Folk- plays and traditional rites still existing today clearly reflect the indispensable bond between the Thais and the fields, rivers and streams and the national religion,-Buddhism. Virtually every month of the year sees the holding of traditional activities of the villagers and farmers which demonstrate these relationships, events such as the Festival of Lights or Loy Krathong Festival Provides a romantic and fascinating experience, During this festival, people thank The God of Water and make a wish before they release elaborately decorated and candlelit floats on rivers and canals, Imaging the Chao Phraya in the dark and covered with millions of flickering lights, Many of Bangkoks clubs will be alive on New years Eve, But New Years Eve On the Chao Phraya River will give you a memorable evening. There are multiple dinner cruised to choose from. You can have a romantic candlelit dinner with light entertainment or join the New Years countdown while dancing down the river. Whatever your choice, youll have a great view of the fireworks and the imposing vistas of history on both side of the River of Kings.
Even today, the river is an important artery to the heart of Bangkok, You can hire a water taxi (long- tailed boat or hang yao in Thai) and visit a number of idyllic sports, Be part of the timeless bustle of the picturesque Chao Phraya River The River Of Kings.