I recently learned how to take the river ferries in Bangkok.
I just ride the BTS train to Saphan Taksin then cross the road get to the Central Pier. There, you have options for different ferry services to take. I only got to try two: the Chao Praya Tourist Boat and the regular ferry.
The Chao Praya Tourist Boat charges THB 40 for a one-way trip (regardless of your stop). They charge THB 25 more than the regular ferries, because they have multi-lingual guides who engage foreign passengers with local jokes and historical facts.
At first I thought I got ripped off, because my friend told me that the ticket should only cost THB 15. Apparently, that fare was for the regular one. You have to be careful when buying tickets–some ferries charge ridiculously high rates. So for first-timers, it’s good to take the Chao Praya Tourist Boat at least once to get a little bit of background about the different pier stops. For normal transfers, I recommend you just take the regular ferry. They usually charge when you’re already inside the boat.
On my first try, I got off Tha Tien pier and walked to Wat Pho. The entrance fee for the temple is THB 100. A useful tip when you go temple-hopping is to bring your own sarong/wrap and a pair of socks. They don’t allow revealing clothes and footwear inside the temples. This way, you don’t have spend extra just to get in.
Here are some of the awesome things to see inside:
After Wat Pho, circled Ko Ratanakosin block and saw the Grand Palace and which were lined with antique, amulet and food vendors. I found a vendor who sold stamps and I bought some for my collection.
I didn’t take the Grand Palace tour anymore, because it was kind of pricey. And I was already really tired from walking all afternoon. I underestimated the walk around Ko Ratanakosin–hahah..
I capped off the afternoon wuth stroll in Sanam Luang (Royal Field). It’s pretty park flocked with A LOT of pigeons. There are vendors walk around offering little packets filled with corn kernels for a couple of baht–I forget how much. If you get a friendly vendor, sometimes they’re willing to haggle with the price. A fair warning, the pigeons get kind of aggressive when they see a hint of plastic in your hand. They won’t peck you or anything, but they’ll assume you’re holding corn and dive dangerously toward you. So whatever you do.. don’t cover your face with hands (while holding the bag of treats). I almost did that. Hahahaha~
Anyway, this is it for now. I still have to rummage through my other Bangkok photos. I have a crazy backlog on travel dumps. o_O