Bangkok’s Chao Phraya Tourist Boat
- The “Hop On Hop Off” tourist boat is now one of the best ways to see Bangkok. (Photo: Chao Phraya Express Boat Ltd.)
- A functional pilothouse elevates the captain for better visibility. (Photo: A.Haig-Brown courtesy of Cummins)
- An upper deck area offers tourists a fair weather view of the river’s exciting traffic. (Photo: A.Haig-Brown courtesy of Cummins)
- A pair of classic Cummins NTA855 diesels is fitted into the hull under the port and starboard platforms that support the stairs to the upper decks.(Photo: A.Haig-Brown courtesy of Cummins)
Many visitors to Bangkok will experience a ride on the Chao Phraya Express boats. These long, sleek, wooden, commuter boats, with their dramatically raked bows, are a staple of the river’s traffic. They can also be very crowded and, with many stops, a bit of a challenge to the tourist. A popular alternative is the tourist boats. These vessels have a more limited route and series of stops, all of which are near important tourist destinations such as the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, the Temple of the Dawn.