2 Hour Luxury River and Canal Tour
– Joint Tour: Baht 1,250 per Person
– Private Tour: Baht 18,000 (for up to 14 Passengers)
When in Thailand, our cruise on the Chao Phraya River is made to discover Bangkok in comfort and style.
The tour is designed to provide an overview of Thai heritage and canal life. The X2 River Cruises itinerary combines the must-see sights of the canal and river with the famous temples and houses on stilts.
On board, our crew will take care of you and your safety as our priority.
Our experienced guide will provide interesting and valuable insights to make the very most of your time on the boat.
All tours leave from the Saphan Taksin pier, directly under the BTS station.
Please arrive at least 10-15 minutes before departure as the boat will leave on time. No refunds are provided for late passengers
Asiatique The Riverfront
The first and the largest riverfront themed retail and night-lifestyle destination in Asia located on the Chao Phraya River. The 4 districts of Asiatique The Riverfront: Charoenkrung District, Town Square District, Factory District and Waterfront District.
Happiness awaits you at ASIATIQUE THE RIVERFRONT : Calypso Bangkok, Riverfront Pathway, Wide Selections of International Dining, Unique Shopping Experience and Riverfront Event Venue.
Saphan Tak Sin BTS Station
BTS Saphan Taksin, the last station before crossing over the Chao Phraya River, connects with the Chao Phraya Express Boat at the Sathorn Pier, as well as the many shuttle boats that connect many of the top riverside hotels to the Skytrain line. It is the perfect launching point for exploring the riverside on both the Bangkok and Thonburi sides.
River City Shopping Center
River City is a four-storey mall overlooking sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River. Also, it is a playground for antique lovers and collectors with all of its floors dedicated to high quality antiques and collectibles. Here is a veritable treasure trove of Southeast Asian objets d’art, including ancient Buddha images, ceramics, porcelain, Thai Benjarong (painted porcelain) wares, pottery, old maps and prints, gold and silver ornaments, sculptures, intricate wood carvings and many other rarities from around the globe. Besides antiques and collectibles, River City has a collection of fashion shops selling Thai silk, gems and leather accessories. Home décor items, including wooden masks, bronze sculptures and Thai crafts, are also available.
Wat Dao Khanong
Wat Dao Khanong (Wat Dao Khanong) is a monastery (class S – Spot Feature) in Bangkok, Thailand. It is located at an elevation of 2 meters above sea level. A Monastery is a building and grounds where a community of monks lives in seclusion.
Wat Kalayanamit Woramahavihara
When cruising up the Chao Phraya River, the massive ochre-roofed wiharn of Wat Kalayanamit on the western bank in Thonburi is among the most attention grabbing structures on the riverfront. Unlike nearby Wat Arun, this imposing, ornate, historic temple doesn’t attract many foreign tourists,
but — underrated as it may be — Wat Kalayanamit is well worth a visit. This large second-grade royal temple was built in the late 1820s after riverfront land was donated by the son of a noble with ties to King Rama III. It’s said that the donor, whose family name was Kalayanamit (the word means “good friend”), not only gave his own land for the temple’s construction, but also purchased additional land from the predominantly Chinese neighbourhood nearby. His relics are memorialized by a large chedi on the south side of the temple grounds.
Wat Arun Temple
Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location, but also because the design is very different to the other temples you can visit in Bangkok. Wat Arun (or temple of the dawn) is partly made up of colourfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water.
Bang Luang Canal Life
Besides the main Chao Phraya river you will see a number of smaller canals (khlongs) of Bang Luang, where the pace of life seems to be slower. Although Bangkok has changed enormously and is now a modern city, the canals have kept its charming character. You will see old houses on wooden stilts, colonial-style mansions, lots of palm trees, Buddhist temples and boys playing in the water.
Wat Phra Kaew Temple & Grand Palace
Within the palace complex are several impressive buildings including Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains the small, very famous and greatly revered Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century. Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (officially known as Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram) is regarded as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. Located in the historic centre of Bangkok, within the grounds of the Grand Palace, it enshrines Phra Kaew Morakot (the Emerald Buddha), the highly revered Buddha image meticulously carved from a single block of jade.
The palace complex, like the rest of Ratanakosin Island, is laid very similar to the palaces of Ayutthaya, the glorious former capital of Siam which was raided by the Burmese. The Outer Court, near the entrance, used to house government departments in which the King was directly involved, such as civil administration, the army and the treasury. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is located in one corner of this outer court. The Central Court is where the residence of the King and halls used for conducting state business were located. Only two of the throne halls are open to the public, but you’ll be able to marvel at the exquisite detail on the facades of these impressive structures.
Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen
Wat Paknam Bhasicharoen is a very large wat with a sizeable population of monks and nuns. Many foreigners have stayed at this temple over the years.
The temple is perhaps best known for its meditation lessons. The meditation teacher can speak some English and the junior monks are able to interpret.
Wat Paknam is an ancient temple built since the middle of Ayudhaya era (between 1488 – 1629). The temple was established by a royalty, but there is no evidence of the establisher’s name. It was a temple of Thonburi province. There is a story about the temple’s buildings and fixtures such as the Buddhist scripture cabinet, the Buddha hall and Buddhist scripture hall which reveals that they can be traced back to the middle of Ayudhaya era as they were crafted by the royal craftsmen and artisans of King Narai the great. There are evidences of canals digging at the Southern and Western wing of the temple to mark the temple’s compound which became a square plot of land surrounded by water. It was found that Venerable Phra-kru Tanarajamunee was an abbot of Wat Paknam during the reign of King Akekatat. Wat Paknam had an important role as it was a royal temple established outside the capital of Ayudhaya. It was an important temple to the seaboard outpost province.
Artists House art
Located along a canal on the Thonburi side of Bangkok, the Artist’s House (Baan Silapin) is a difficult attraction to find and just finding it has a little taste of success. A couple centuries ago, this kind of old Thai wooden house was very typical along the klongs but today these are becoming rare, inexorably replaced by concrete buildings. Not only has this one been beautifully restored, it also has some unusual features that always catch the eyes of tourists passing by on speeding boats: Several human-sized statues painted in white, red or black sitting by the water, endlessly staring at life passing by, like the ghosts of the original occupants who probably used to do the same, when smartphones didn’t yet distract us from the real world around us.
Bangkok Yai Canal Community
The small home communinits on the Chao Phraya River are normally missed by visiters to Bangkok. These communities appear as old wooden shanty type homes right in the river up some of the less traveled canals. They are very interesting to check out!
Wat Nangnong Worawihan
Wat Nangnong Worawihan is thought to have been built in the Ayutthaya period during the reign of King Srisanpetch VIII. Ubosot : the main chapel dates from the reign of King Rama VIII. The exterior door panelsare inlaid with mother-of-pearl, the interior painted with glided lacquer. Murals depict stories and characters from Chinese literature and pictures of the virtuous Chinese holymen, Hok, Lok and Siew Chedi, the 20 sided chedi stands on an octagonal base. An image Luangpor Toh isenshrined at the front. Wihan : The pediments are decorated with stucco dragons and the chedi with coloured ceramics. The old wihan contains two Buddha images laid to have been found protreding from a mound in the earth.
Wat Ratcha Orasaram Ratchaworawihan
Wat Ratcha Orasaram Ratchaworawihan is a first class royal monastery. The temple is ancient having existed since the Ayutthaya period. Its original name was Wat Chom Thong. King Rama II renamed the temple Wat Ratcha Orot which means the tempke was renovated by Ratcha Orot, who was later crowned King Rama III. He favored Chinese style art, the architectural and artistic work for the temple’s restoration was combination of Thai and Chinesestyle called the Royal Favored Art. This was the first temple to be built without the typical Thai decoration on the roof
of the Ubosot and Wihan.
Wat Pho Riang
Wat Pho Riang is a monastery in Bangkok, nearby to Rattanakosin and Thonburi. Wat Pho Riang is close to Sathani Rotfai Bangkok Noi and Siraraj Hospital.
Yodpiman River Walk
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.
“Tha Maharaj” is located on Maharaj road in Rattanakosin Island, built in the early Ratttanakosin period. Located on the bank of the Chao Phraya river, Tha Maharaj is surrounded by rich cultural heritage and tourist attraction of Thai arts, museums, The Grand Palace, Wat Pho, Wat Arun The Temple of Dawn, Thammasat University, Silapakorn Fine Arts University, and Siriraj Hospital. Tourists visit this area daily as their “Must See Place” in Bangkok. Local visitors also flock this area to experience one of the biggest talisman and amulet market in Thailand.
Tha Maharaj project was restored from traditional shop houses and transformed into a meeting hub for open-air restaurants, retail shops, riverside promenade and community garden. There are all together 7 buildings including a parking building that can accommodate 200 vehicles.
Tranditional Canals life
Our tour will take you to the old capital in the Thonburi side, a more intimate way to look at the old Siam, with many stops to let you experience the historical, cultural and interactive lives of the local canal people.
Bangkok Noi Canal Communnity
Bangkok Noi Canal flows in a horseshoe shape through the old Bangkok Noi community in the Thonburi area.
The community was established in the Ayutthaya Period and King Chai Racha Dhiraj (1534-1546) commanded the excavation of a waterway from Bangkok Noi Canal to Bangkok Yai Canal as a shortcut to facilitate transport and communications.
Along both banks of the Bangkok Noi Canal, visitors see places of cultural and historical significance. On a boat trip you can pass the Thonburi railway station and the Royal Barges Museum. The boat trip also takes in several major temples and traditional Thai houses with carved designs.
Although cargo boats now use the direct route along the Chao Phraya River, the lively Bangkok Noi Canal community still endures. It reflects a bygone Thai lifestyle, inextricably related with waterways, and a Thai identity handed down from generation to generation.