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 constructionThis 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.
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.