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Travel places along Chao Phraya River

The Chao Phraya (/ˌtʃaʊ prəˈjɑː/ CHOW prə-YAH; Thai: แม่น้ำเจ้าพระยา RTGS: Maenam Chao Phraya, is a major river in Thailand,[2] with its low alluvial plain forming the centre of the country. It flows through Bangkok and then into the Gulf of Thailand (wikipedia, n.d.).

Geography The Chao Phraya begins at the confluence of the Ping and Nan rivers at Nakhon Sawan (also called Pak Nam Pho) in Nakhon Sawan Province. After this, it flows south for 372 kilometres (231 mi) from the central plains to Bangkok and the Gulf of Thailand. In Chai Nat, the river then splits into the main course and the Tha Chin River, which then flows parallel to the main river and exits in the Gulf of Thailand about 35 kilometres (22 mi) west of Bangkok in Samut Sakhon. In the low alluvial plain which begins below the Chainat Dam, there are many small canals (khlong) which split off from the main river. The khlongs are used for the irrigation of the region's rice paddies. The rough coordinates of the river are 13 N, 100 E. This area has a wet monsoon climate, with over 1,400 millimetres (55 in) of rainfall per year. Temperatures range from 24 to 33 °C (75 to 91 °F) in Bangkok(wikipedia, n.d.).

Location ‘map image’ Chao Phraya River located in the center of Bangkok.

Climate The weather in Bangkok is dominated by a tropical monsoon climate. This means the city has three main seasons: hot season from March to June, rainy season from July to October and cool season between November and February. As Bangkok holds claim to degrees centigrade throughout the year. The possible exception to this is in late December and early January. Bangkok weather may not be the warmest in the world every day but, overall, it is unrelenting simply because it doesn’t cool at night. The two periods – April to May and September to October – are the most humid. The southwest monsoons arrive between May and October bringing unsettled, cloudy conditions. For many people, this is a welcome respite.(bangkok.com, n.d.)

Travel Guide IA one day trip travel guide is recommended along the Chao Phraya river depending on the route from the first place to the last place. This travel guide will show how to go, what to do, and where to eat in a day. Places list - Yodpiman river walk - Museum Siam - Wat Pho - Tien Pier - Maharat Pier - Rosary Church - Yaowarat Route ‘travel route map image’ Get in We can get into this place by many choices of vehicles such as bus, skytrain, or boat. The starting place is Taksin BTS Station. The easiest way to get into the first place that is ‘Taksin BTS station’ for the foreigner is by BTS or MRT. Because now in Thailand, the public transportation is being developed, so we can travel easily by public transportation. Then we have to walk to the Sathorn Pier following the label guide to the pier. How to Travel Yodpiman Riverwalk ‘Image’ Yodpiman River Walk is a lifestyle mall focusing on a heritage theme inspired by the architecture of Thailand’s Ayuthaya period. Ornate, period fixtures are fitted throughout – very much in keeping with the feel of Old City Bangkok. Opened in late-2014, this is a fine place to spend an afternoon with a wide promenade offering great river views and a cooling breeze, souvenir shopping, plenty of restaurants and snack stalls, and a large beer garden with live night time entertainment (bangkok.com, n.d.). Location: Yodpiman Riverwalk is located at the heart of Pakklongtalard. It can be reached conveniently via Chakphetch Road, Atsadang Road, and underneath Saphanphut Bridge. Transportation: Chao Phraya boat: Pakklongtalard Pier Bus: Pakklongtalard bus station: 7ก, 9, 42, 82 ปอ.9. ปอ.82 Saphanphut station: 8, 73, ปอ.8

(Yodpiman Riverwalk, 2014)

Museum Siam ‘Image’ "Museum Siam" is a museum that is dedicated to creating new experience for visitors who visit the museum. The aim of Museum Siam is to establish a pleasant way of learning and help raise the standard of learning in new ways to the public, especially to children and young people, to realize of the self, friends and neighbors. Learning through modern technology can help learning history to be much more fun.

For more information, visit www.museumsiam.com. Location: 4, Sanamchai Rd., Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200 Thailand Service day: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Service hours: 10:00-18:00 Tel: +662 225 2777 Transportation: Bus no. 3, 6, 9, 12, 47, 53, 82, 524; or get an express boat to Ta Tien Pier, the museum is 500 meters away. Wat Pho ‘Image’ Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and a must-do for any first-time visitor in Bangkok. It's one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 meters long and is covered in gold leaf. It’s an easy ten minutes walking between here and the Grand Palace, and we recommend coming to Wat Pho second, because even though the golden Buddha here is just as popular, many people don’t take the time to wander around the rest of the complex so the experience tends to be far more relaxing. This is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage. Wat Pho is often considered the leading school of massage in Thailand, so you really are in good hands here. Since December 2012, entrance to the temple costs 100 Baht and you can visit any time between 08:00 and 17:00. Opening Hours: Daily 08:00 - 17:00 (Massage available until 18:00) Location: Maharat Road. Close to the river (about a half mile south of the Grand Palace), Old City (Rattanakosin) Price Range: The entrance fee is 100 Baht

(bangkok.com, n.d.)

Tien Pier ‘Image’ Thien Pier gets you to two of Bangkok's main tourist sights, and it's also the starting point for our walking tour which shows you the many other sights of the royal city. Wat Po, the temple of the Reclining Buddha is just a short walk through the market surrounding the pier. If you have a strong stomach, a walk through the market can be 'interesting'. The strong stomach is needed because the primary product of the market is dried fish. There are two accommodations in the area: Aurum The River Place is a small 12-room 'boutique' hotel right on the river near Wat Po, while Chakrabongse Villas are just a bit further down the riverside, where the former home of a prince has been turned into three luxurious apartments. If you're in the area around meal times, or just hungry, then the Coconut Palm restaurant is a tourist-friendly Thai cafe. There's also a small coffee shop right on the river next to the Aurum hotel. Use the cross-river ferry from the Tha Thien Pier to get to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. (Holland, 2002)

Tha Maharaj Mall in Bangkok ‘Image’ Tha Maharaj is one of only a handful of shopping malls located in Bangkok’s historic Old City. Walking distance from many of the capital’s most famous sights such as Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, Tha Maharaj also benefits from an idyllic riverside location, with a good lineup of cafes, restaurants and bars taking advantage of the handsome views across the water. Tha Maharaj has its very own pier so arriving by boat is the most popular way to reach the mall, although if you’re on a sightseeing trip, Tha Maharaj mall is simple to reach on foot around 10 minutes away from The Grand Palace. In terms of shopping, the options at this ‘mall’ are surprising limited with only a few fashion, beauty and antique boutiques. The second floor does have a couple of interesting units filled with amulet dealers who have a wide range of styles – from tacky souvenirs to revered and hard-to-find originals. The real reason to pay Tha Maharaj a visit is to eat, with over 20 restaurants and cafes in total. These include Peppina (pizza), Ramen Boy (Japanese), Zaab Eli (northeastern Thai), Omori Shabu (hotpot), Savoey (Thai) and a Starbucks. Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 daily Location: Tha Maharaj, 11/1, Maharaj Rd., Bagkok Tel: +66(0)2 024 1393 Transportation: Chao Phraya Boat – Prannok/Wang Lang pier(N10) Bus: Take bus number 32, 53, 124, 203, 201, 32 (air-con), 52 (air-con), 524 (air-con) and get off at Tha Maharaj.

(bangkok.com, n.d.)

Holy Rosary Church ‘Image’ The Holy Rosary Church is a Roman Catholic Church in Bangkok. It is located in Samphanthawong District, on the eastern bank of the Chao Phraya River. The history of the church dates to 1769, when a group of Portuguese Catholics resettled in the area after the fall of Ayutthaya; the current church building, in Gothic Revival style, was built in 1891–97 on the site of two previous structures. Yaowarat ‘Image’ You will find the beautiful Chinese temples, Taoist places of learning and traditional Chinese medicine shops selling all sorts of fascinating remedies. The small alleys and streets between Yaowarat Road and the Chao Phraya River are crammed with market stalls and small shops jostling to sell just about everything imaginable; from hair accessories, tea sets, hardware and food, to fabric, strange vegetables imported from mainland China and Chinese funeral items. Once crossing Chakraphek Road, you will enter Pahurat – one of Chinatown’s premiere attractions. Goods such as flip-flops, toy, household items, and herbs can be bought here. Within these first few blocks lie Pahurat’s textile-selling action, so choose one of the many small alleyways and dive into the heart of it all. Within, you’ll find a labyrinth of shops and vendors selling all kinds of colorful textiles. Chinatown in essence is like one big flea market (bangkok.com, n.d.). Transportation: MRT subway to Hua Lamphong MRT station. The station is not close to Chinatown. From the station, you have to walk for 10-15 minutes. Take the Chao Phraya Express Boat and get off at Ratchawong Pier. From the pier you also have to walk, but it is a very short straight walk. You will walk pass Soi Wanit 1 or Sampeng lane, a popular shopping place in this area which runs parallel to Yaowarat Road. Just keep walking straight ahead. When you see many gold shops on the road, it means you are on Yaowarat Road.

References (n.d.). Retrieved from wikipedia. (n.d.). Retrieved from bangkok.com: www.bangkok.com/weather (2014). Retrieved from Yodpiman Riverwalk: http://www.yodpimanriverwalk.com Holland, M. (2002). Retrieved from bangkok for visitors: http://bangkokforvisitors.com