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Restaurants on Chao Phya River Bangkok

Restaurants on Chao Phya River Bangkok

The Chao Phraya is a major river in Thailand, with its low alluvial river plain marking the mainland of the country.

It begins at the confluence of the Ping and Nan river at Nakhon Sawan (also called Pak Nam Pho) in the Nakhon Sawan province. The Nan and its biggest confluent, the Yom River, flow nearly parallel from Phitsanulok till Chumsaeng in the north of Nakhon Sawan province. The biggest confluent of the Ping is the Wang River which enters near Sam Ngao district in Tak province. The Chao Phraya system drains an area of approximately 160,000 kmยฒ, of which the largest contribution is the Ping with 35,000 kmยฒ.

The Chao Phraya runs from north to south for 372 km from the central plains to Bangkok and the Gulf of Thailand. However in Chainat the river splits into the main river course and the Tha Chin river, which then flows parallel to the main river and exits to Gulf of Thailand the about 35 km west of Bangkok in Samut Sakhon. In the low alluvial plain which begins below the Chainat dam many small canals (khlong) split off from the main river, used for the irrigation of the rice paddies.

The cities along the river are Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Singburi, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Bangkok and Samut Prakan relatively.

On old maps the river is named as Menam or Mae Nam, the Thai word for river. The name Chao Phraya is also a Thai feudal title, which can be translated as General. In the English-language media in Thailand the name is often translated as 'river of kings'


Cruising along the Chao Phraya River

A cruise along the legendary Chao Phraya River and some canals on the Thon Buri side is the most pleasant way to explore the city once dubbed "Venice of the East" The majestic charm of the Chao Phraya adds perspective to your exploration of the city's premier attractions. Tourists can book such a tour through travel agents or rent a boat at Tha Chang (Tel: 225-6179, 623-6169), a pier near the Grand Palace, or Tha Si Phraya (Tel: 235-3108) near the River City Shopping Complex.

Rivers and canals referred to maenam and khlong in Thai have always been vital forms of communication. When the capital of Thailand was moved to Bangkok in 1782 (the beginning of the Rattanakosin period), the capital was laced with canals, so Bangkok was sometimes called the "VENICE OF THE EAST" by European visitors.

In the past, Bangkokians usually settled by the Chao Phraya River and gradually spread into the core of the country. As you will see traces of the Early Rattanakosin period such as architecture and traditional ways of life have been left by the river more than in the inland areas. Besides, waterways at that time were the most important means of transportation and trading as well.

Nowadays, even though Bangkok has become a modern city, the Chao Phraya River as well as the canals are still charming for whoever wishes to seek the peaceful atmosphere amidst bustling Bangkok.

One of our Neighbourhood Favourites - supporting them through the RAV Line construction

This is a fairly solid Thai restaurant, food is pretty good, service is really good and its definately better than some Thai places we have been to. Its good but it also isn't the 'best'.

It is in our neighbourhood and also along Cambie (at 7th) where the construction has blocked their view for most of the year but they are still in business.

It is a good place to check out and support during the construction because they are worth keeping around.

Our favourite dishes: ashew Chicken & Pinapple Fried Rice

It has a nice ambiance but we usually prefer take out.


They served us leftovers!
We ordered the curry duck, and was alarmed that we were given a bowl of very liquidy curry, with three small pieces of duck.... the really scary bit was that there were quite a few pieces of fat skins from the duck, which led us to believe that the meat went to another dish, and we were given just the skins. Either that or this was sourced from leftovers. When asked about this, the waitress/owner simply said that it wasn't the right season for duck?!? What the heck?! Overall, a poor excuse for a restaurant.

Disappointing Experience
We tried this restaurant after being advised that it was one of the better Thai restaurants in town. The dishes we tried were unexceptional and a bit greasy. Prarham is one of our favorite dishes. This is usually made with meat or tofu, with peanut sauce, spinach, and sometimes cashews and cucumbers. The tofu prahram we ordered here came up substituting iceberg lettuce for the spinach. Iceberg lettuce! Come on guys, you can do better.

An old favourite, but no longer.

They used to be so good! The best citrus-filled spicy steamed fish (tilapia) I've had anywhere. The crab was tasty & absolutely loved the stuffed chicken wings & superb desserts & excellent drinks. This was all in the past when they were still located at the entrance of Granville Island.

Since they've relocated, I have always planned on, but never got around to, revisiting since there are usually so many other new/old places to try & retry. Maybe I should have gone back sooner, but either way, I don't see myself returning.

Currently, though it's supposed to be under the same ownership & chef, or so I was told, the food no longer shouts of the quality it used to be. The tom yum & tom kah soups are lacking in flavour (Chada Thai in Coquitlam makes a really good one), and the Pad Thai is actually suspect of being made purely with ketchup--from the tomato pasty sauce to the colouring, to the lack of tomato slices, and well, seeds are easily explained with prepackaged crushed/bottled/canned sauces. The waterfall beef, though nicely spiced, the cuts of beef used are cheap, rough, tough & dry well-done flank type.

Though the menu appears identical to the one they've always had as it doesn't seem like anything was reprinted nor repriced, a lot of the menu items are no longer available--possibly due to the lack of traffic going through the establishment. In either event, there's no indication on the menu itself that the item is no longer offered until you place the order for it.

The drinks are a little pricy for flavoured soda pop (perhaps try ordering without ice or drink a little then wait for the ice to melt to fill your glass) and the Thai iced tea is made a little too sweet.

The service is great, friendly, and warm, run by the Chinese speaking woman/owner.

Favourite False Creek Restaurant

First of all Chao Phraya is not in South Vancouver - it is on the edge of False Creek/Fairview Slopes, just the False Creek side of the Cambie bridge across from Best Buy/Canadian Tire. It used to be located under the Granville Bridge at the gateway to Granville Island, but they moved to their new location a few years ago. The decor is pleasing, not quite as upscale as the old location, but very Thai and the staff are charming and hospitable. The food is verging on great - one of the very best Thai restaurants in Vancouver. It compares well to Montri's and Thai House, but without the crowds. For some reason it hasn't had the hype that the above two have had and there is usually no problem getting a table. The usual menu items - good pad thai, various colours of curry, etc. Some nice prawn dishes. We've always been too stuffed to order dessert, so I can't comment on dessert.


Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm

Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm

Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and the world's Largest Crocodile Farm



The biggest farm in the world. There are over 60,000 crocodiles. Samutprakan crocodiles farm and zoo is the most famous and interesting place of Thailand.

Located 10 km from Bangkok is the World's Largest Crocodile Farm founded in 1950 by the famous Crocodile King, Mr. Utai Youngprapakorn. Mr. Utai has been the pioneer not only to preserve the endangered species form extinction, but also to provide a continuing flow of crocodile skins and related products to the world market. Here at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and zoo, they are dedicated to the education, preservation, research and the conservation of wildlife, while reminding all--extinction lasts forever.



* Experience their thrilling world famous "Crocodile Wrestling" and "Acrobatic Elephant" Stage Shows, where the audience is invited to participate.

* Discover a photographer's paradise along the zoo's shady walkways while coming face-to-face with their exotic animals.

* Relive the past at their newest attraction--The Dinosaur Museum... where the past comes to life.

* Ride an elephant or a camel; relax on their lake on a pedal boat; monkey around on their playground; test your skills at their shooting range or come aboard their zoo's mini-train for a sighting seeing trip you'll never forget


Bangkok to Pattaya


Bangkok to Pattaya

Bangkok or Krung Thep which means the City of Angels was constructed in 1782 or 225 years ago.
Presently, Bangkok has approximately 10 million population and it is considered one of the biggest
city in the world.

One of the fastest growing cities the world has seen, modern Bangkok retains its traditional heart and an unmatched vitality. It was founded in 1782 when the Thai capital moved from Thonburi across the Chao Phraya River to this swampy trading post in the aftermath of Ayutthayaโ€™s sacking by the Burmese in 1767. Ayutthayaโ€™s layout was recreated, with canals (many intact) dug around the Grand Palace.

Bangkok just gets better and better, and certainly lives up to its reputation asEvents a hot spot in Southeast Asia. The 'City of Angels' has funky markets, upmarket malls, a riverside full of surprises, a vibrant nightlife scene, many fabulous sights and attractions that reflect its unique heritage, and much, much moreโ€ฆ Say goodbye to traffic jams - thanks to the city's modern skytrain and underground systems that cover a large area. Or explore the riverside area by tailboat or rivertaxi.

Cultural Heritage, the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Temple of the Dawn,
Chao Phraya River and Canals (once Venice of the East), Shopping Paradise, Excellent
Seafood and Local Dishes, Superb Seaside Resorts and Good Accommodation, Extensive
Tours all over the country, Thai Boxing, Thai Classical Dances, Golfing, and Other Entertainments.



Taxi Transfers from Bangkok toPattaya (shuttle service)

Bangkok airport taxi transfer service - (Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK SUV)) - flying from New York, London, Melbourne or anywhere in the world to this beautiful destination of Thailand can be harsh on the body and mind. How about having some peace of mind when you arrive in Bangkok? How about having an airport or hotel shuttle service pre-arranged - you can book online.

All you need to do is contact me to have a driver and taxi (private car - no meter cabs) or minibus (mini van) / chauffer service to Pattaya (other destination - please contact) waiting for you with your name on a placard (sign board) at flight arrivals for your collection. Our limousine transport service is cheaper than the airport charges, there is no standing in queues on arrival and certainly more comfortable than the bus. Simply get off of the plane, collect your luggage, clear customs and meet our friendly driver waiting to transfer you to your stipulated resort or hotel in Pattaya, Chonburi at anytime. LIA has found the very best in car and minibus transfers for your safety and peace of mind - better than your average taxis.

After a long-haul flight the last thing you need is to be hustled and bustled in taxi queues or trying to negotiate prices for your next car transit, when we can take all of the hard work and book it easily for you. Believe me, on landing it is a sight for sore eyes to have a private taxi cab driver waiting for you at arrivals and the terminal-gate to assist you with your luggage to the air-conditioned car or minibus and deliver you to your predetermined hotel. Take a sleep and relax in the limo car and rest assured that you as the passenger will arrive in good time and safely at your destination - SCUBA DIVER OR NOT - use our Thai transportation service.

The journey between Bangkok Pattaya is approximately 2 hours depending on the traffic.

The cost of the transfer is 1700 baht for the entire car (Bangkok Pattaya (Suvarnabhumi Airport (SUV) or a hotel of your choice)) no matter the amount of passengers (3 including luggage is the maximum for comfort). The 1700 baht covers car insurance and the car fees including ALL tolls. NO MONEY is payable prior to travel - you simply pay the driver on arrival at your destination.

If you have 3 passengers or more then I can arrange for a minibus taxi service for extra comfort. The cost is 2000 Thai baht (including ALL tolls - toll way fees) - there will be plenty of space to stretch out after your flight and relax on your way to Pattaya. Our smiling driver will be early every time to ensure that you have no delay at getting to your destination and holiday. I can guarantee you of safe and road safety conscious transport drivers. The cars and minibuses are new and clean also. *NEW* - VIP NEW Minibus. Usually a 14 seat bus with 5 seats removed - this is spacious. Available for Bangkok Pattaya and Pattaya Bangkok transfers for private hire at only 2400 baht for the journey fully inclusive of tolls and fees - nothing more to pay.



Interesting places in pattaya

Welcome to Pattaya

Pattaya is located 147 kilometers (91 miles) southeast of Bangkok.
Pattaya is famous for its beautiful beaches, first class and all kinds
of hotels, guest houses, superb sea food, restaurants, sports and
water sports, sourvenir shops, museum, open-air bars, beer bars,
discotheques, cabaret shows, night spots entertainment, and many
other interesting places nearby.

Interesting places in pattaya

Pattaya is nestled along a picturesque bay on the East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand, roughly 170 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. From a fishing village in the 1960's, Pattaya has emerged as the favorite Southeast Asian vacation center. A fascinating escape where tourists, holiday makers and vacationers from around the world unfold an incomparable array of possibilities to unwind during an exotic holiday beach vacation.

Unlike other beach resorts, where natural surroundings are used as magnets to attract tourists, Pattaya makes an all-out attempt to provide the best of everything. Here, everything means everything a tourist can imagine while on holiday: recreation, entertainment, sports, sightseeing and fun. To put it simply, Pattaya is a paradise for everyone, as it has a variety of attractions suitable for all types of visitors. This is the place where you can fill your day, from dusk to dawn, with endless activities, or you may choose to do nothing at all and relax.



Pattaya currently integrates the delights of a 1st class beach resort, city-like dining, shopping and night entertainment facilities with more than 300 assorted hotels, thousands of shops, restaurants and bars.

In addition, there are an array of sports and recreational activities including beaches, golf courses, tennis courts, go-kart, gyms for working out, weight lifting and Thai-boxing gear. Pattaya offers a broad range of things to do. During the day, one may enjoy riding elephants or driving humble automatic mini-bikes, monstrous motorcycles, or even monster multicolored convertible Jeeps. Others go for shooting firearms, scuba diving and surfing, deep-sea fishing, speed boats, scooters, water-skiing, parasailing, or aerial sports such as gliding ultra-lights and flying motor-propelled gliders.

On the other hand, at night, there are restaurants, bars, theaters, cabaret shows, night clubs, bowling halls, billiard & snooker clubs, discos, sauna & massage parlors, not to cite its absolutely incredible shopping which is available non-stop both day-and-night.

This exotic beach resort welcomes approximately 5 million visitors a year. The friendly and hospitable Thai nature boosts its promotion, frequently bringing back the repeat visitors and constantly increasing the number of newcomers.

Pattaya city is located on the eastern coast of the country at latitude 13 N and longitude 101 E in the area of Chon Buri province. It is 147 kilometers from Bangkok and lies parallel to Sukhumvit Road on its east and the coastline on its west. Pattaya occupies an area of 208.1 sq. km. that is divided into 53.44 sq. kilometers of land and 154.66 sq. kilometers of islands and sea. Its coastline is 15 kilometers long.

Pattaya has a plain on the coast with some high mountains to the south. The area on the east slopes down towards the sea on the west.

Pattaya City has been administered under a special autonomous system since 1978. It has a status comparable to that of a municipality and is administered separately by the mayor of Pattaya City, who is responsible for making policies, organizing public services, and supervising all employees of Pattaya City Administration.

Bottle Art Museum

The only Bottle Art Museum in the world is in Pattaya City. Thailand exhibited in a large air-conditional hall, you can find more than 300 beautiful maniatures in the bottles. The result of efforts by Mr. Pieter By De Lej from Holland and Mrs. Prapaisi Thaipanich from Thailand. Who have decorated approximately 14 hrs. daily for almost 15 years.

New experience of the bottle contained models of interesting place in the world. Experience more with real practice ("Try to do it by yourself") with friendly staff. Impression Experience with hand-made souvenir shop.

Mini Siam

Mini Siam, The wonderful miniature city with the scale of 1 to 25. They built great structures from around the world. At Mini Siam you can enjoy great structures from Europe such as Eiffel Tower, Status of Liberty and many more.At Mini Siam you can enjoy watching most important places in Thailand by one stop at here. Many wonderful historical Park like acient Ayuthaya or main Palace, Wat Phrakeaw and

more. If you visited Mini Siam after sunset, you can fine Mini Siam in other look.At Mini Siam they also has other activity for you can enjoy Ko-Cart too.

Mini Siam is open every day from 9:00 to 18:00. Admission is 300 Baht
(about US$7.50).



Under Water World

Under Water World is a showcase of diverse marine species from the Gulf of Thailand. Through the glass tunnel, many schools of various kinds of fishes, seahorses, sharks and turtles swim and play close near you that you feel like you are really in the bottom of the sea. Feeding animal shows under water and on surface is another lure of this place. This is definitely one major attraction in Pattaya.

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Ripley's Museum

Ripley's Museum(Believe it or not!) features over 300 weird but wonderful exhibits and artifacts from all over the world. This fascinating gallery is on the third floor of the Royal Garden Plaza in Southern Pattaya.


Tourist attractions of Bangkok


Tourist attractions of Bangkok

The Jim Thompson House is the home of James H.W. Thompson, a self-made American entrepreneur who was the founder of the world renowned Jim Thompson Thai Silk Company. Thompson's achievements during his 25 year stay in the Kingdom of Thailand have won him much fame as the "Legendary American of Thailand".

Jim Thompson in his house, with Cocky, his pet white cockatoo.
For his contribution to the development of the Thai Silk industry, Jim Thompson was awarded the Order of the White Elephant, a decoration bestowed upon foreigners for having rendered exceptional service to Thailand. Thompson's success story in Thailand has become one of the most popular postwar legends of Asia.

In 1967, Jim Thompson went on holiday with friends to the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. There he set out for a walk in the surrounding jungle but never returned. Thus began the Jim Thompson legend.

Since his disappearance in 1967, little has changed in the home that was the 'talk of the town' and the 'city's most celebrated social center'. Even today, the charming Thai style house continues to be a key stop for visitors to Bangkok.

Both the supporting columns and consequently, the walls of the house lean slightly inward adding to the illusion of height and grace. The curved roof ends, characteristic of traditional Thai houses, are probably adaptations of naga (serpent) motifs.

The house consists of a complex of six traditional Thai-style houses, teak structures that were purchased from several owners and brought to the present location from various parts of Thailand. Construction of the Thai house was completed in 1959.

Original architectural drawings for the house, prepared by Thompson and his Thai architect.
During construction, carpenters were brought from Ayutthaya to assemble the old structures.


The Erawan Shrine is a Hindu shrine in Bangkok, Thailand that houses a statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai representation of the Hindu creation god Brahma. A popular tourist attraction, it often features performances by resident Thai dance troupes, who are hired by worshippers in return for seeing their prayers at the shrine answered. On March 21, 2006, a man vandalised the shrine and was subsequently killed by bystanders.

The shrine is located by the Grand Hyatt Erawan hotel, at the Ratchaprasong intersection of Ratchadamri Road and in Pathum Wan district, Bangkok, Thailand. It is near the Bangkok Skytrain's Chitlom Station, which has an elevated walkway overlooking the shrine. The area has many shopping malls nearby, including Gaysorn, CentralWorld and Amarin Plaza.

The Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 as part of the government-owned Erawan Hotel to correct bad omens believed to be caused by laying the foundations on the wrong date.

Construction of the hotel was delayed by a series of mishaps, including cost overruns, injured laborers and the loss of a shipload of Italian marble intended for the building. In addition, the Ratchaprasong Intersection had been used in years past to put criminals on display.

An astrologer was brought in to provide solution to the bad luck, hence the shrine. The Brahma statue was designed and built by the Department of Fine Arts and enshrined on 9 November 1956.

The hotel construction then proceeded without problem. In 1987, the hotel was demolished and the site used for the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel.

Places to see in Bangkok


Places to see in Bangkok

Bangkok whatvisitors must see list is and without fail they will always include The Grand Palace complex. This half-day sightseeing tour in Bangkok will allow you the opportunity to explore the complex, which houses a number of attractions including Wat Phra Keow (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) in the company of a local Thai guide.

Built in traditional Thai architecture mixed with European designs, The Grand Palace complex, once the official home for the Kings of Siam, is unquestionably one of the Thailand's major tourist highlights. The King still uses the Grand Palace for certain ceremonial occasions and the regal flavor within its enormous royal grounds is still evident. During the tour you will visit the Royal Funeral Hall and the Royal Coronation Hall.

The main centerpiece of the complex however is the 45 centimeter Emerald Buddha. Carved from just one piece of Jade it is the holiest and most revered religious object in Thailand. The Emerald Buddha is housed within Wat Phra Keow, which is a very ornately decorated building whose roof tiles reach up into the sky.

If you wander the streets of Bangkok it is not unusual to see monks walking along the road and it should come as no surprise as Thailand has over 26,000 wat's (the local name for temple).

On this privately guided half-day guided tour you will visit three of the most famous watโ€™s in Bangkok - Wat Traimit, Wat Pho and Wat Benchamabophit. A Wat is a Buddhist building where both men and women can be ordained as monks or nuns.




Wat Traimit is also known as the temple of the Golden Buddha. The 3 meter tall statue is made from solid gold and weighs 5.5 tons and is a fine example of Sukhothai style art. You will then pass through Chinatown on your way to Wat Pho, the temple of the reclining Buddha. At 46 meters in length and 15 meters high the Buddha is the largest in Bangkok and illustrates the passing of the Buddha into nirvana. Your last stop is at Wat Benchamabophit, or the marble temple. This magnificent monastery was built out of white Italian marble from Carrara in the late 19th century.


Places to see in Bangkok by Main topic

Culture and Entertainment:
Some visitors come to Bangkok resorts just to see all this and get a taste of life of this side of the planet. Interesting places in Bangkok that are well worth visiting include: Jim Thompson's Thai House, Thai Human Imagery Museum, Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, etc. These places give one a good idea of the culture as well as being a source of entertainment for visitors. There are numerous hotels situated near them so traveling to them does not take much time.

Some visitors have said that one might as well change his or her style of living in these kinds of places because this is the reason why they get away from their homelands in the first place. This is quite true because if one escapes the busy life s/he has been living in another country, it is best to settle for something completely different in Bangkok.

Taking a trip to palaces in Bangkok is an informative visit through which a visitor gets to experience the art of ancient times in this region. The work is rich and fascinating, and teaches one about how monarchs lived. Palaces that one may visit in Bangkok include: The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo, Phra Thi Nang Vimanmek and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall, and Suan Pakkad Palace.


Visiting museums in Bangkok as well is enrapturing. This is because there is so much revealed through these historic collections. One might even say that the locals have hung on to their culture through these collections, as there would be little to pass on to their younger generations and the visitors without them. Some of the important museums in Bangkok that visitors are attracted to include The National Museum, Royal Barges National Museum, The National Gallery Museum, Geological Museum, Philatelic Museum, and the Ban Kamthieng.

Art displays and shows are also popularly visited by tourists. Aside from the cultural exposure visitors get through these shows, they are entertaining. There are events at regular times of the day, and one has to know the timings. Usually, hotels have all the schedules of various events. Some of the popular shows that one may go to are held at The National Theatre, Chalerm Krung, Royal Theatre, and Music art Center.

Religious Places:
Wats & Hallowed places are also commonly visited by tourists, as they reveal a great deal about the religious practices in Bangkok. One gets an idea of how religious people are and how liberal the society is at the same time. Some of the temples and shrines that are worth visiting include. The City Pillar Shrine, Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Wat Benchamabophit, Wat Sa Ket, and Wat Ratchanatdaram. In addition to the temples and other shrines mentioned here, there are many more, which give tourists a pretty good variety to visit.



Farms that are also worth visiting include the Crocodile Farm, Pasteur Institute, Safari World, etc. Some people are frightened by the site of snakes being toyed around with so easily in the snake farms (Pasteur Institute). The collections of snakes are vast and those handling the snakes are individuals that have done so from a very young age. However, this still is a good experience for visitors in spite of their fears of fierce animals. Aside from snakes there are of course other animals at these farms.

Monuments as well are worth checking out, and the one that is commonly visited is the Democracy Monument. For many people, it is a matter of seeing for themselves that such a monument does stand and symbolize democracy in Bangkok. It is something that encourages visitors who come from democratic countries especially, as they naturally would feel securer even though they are in a foreign land.


Markets too are recommended places to visit. There is a lot of variety in products, especially locally produced ones, and one may purchase foods and other items that they have never encountered before. Few of the markets that are well known in Bangkok include Floating Markets, Flower and Plant Markets, Lang Krasuang and Woeng Nakhon Kasem. There are several others besides these markets mentioned here. All of these are worth visiting, and would give one an idea of how local trade is carried out. One important thing noted by most foreigners who come here, is that vendors are very hospitable and welcome foreigners.

Other Places to Visit:
Other places that are recommended to visit include the Royal Fold Arts and Crafts Centre at Bang Sai Sanam Luang, Turf Club, and The Ancient City. Each of these has a lot to offer the vacant mind, and visiting places like the Ancient City can almost take a visitor back in time.