Also known as Mae Nam Chao Phraya, the Chao Phraya River lies at
the heart of the world's most popular capital city, Bangkok! Providing
transportation, water, and great views the river has been the lifeblood
of the city since the city was founded hundreds of years ago. Today
it teems with boats both big and small, providing freight and passenger
services to locals and tourists alike.
On the River:
River Taxis, or long tail boats, are the fastest form
of water transport in the city. And often the fastest of all
as they are immune to the traffic jams that plague the rest
of the city.
AND the River
The river has been at the heart of the city of Bangkok since
it was founded in 1782, and even before when the city was the built
by King Taksin when he established new capital of Thonburi.
As early as 1538 there was a town at the mouth of the Chao Phraya
river as it offered a perfect spot with access to fresh water, access
to the sea, and land as well.