The Chao Phraya River covers more than 230 miles. It begins in central Thailand, snakes through Bangkok, and empties into the Gulf of Thailand.
Both Ayutthaya, the country’s former capital, and Bangkok, its current capital, are located on the river’s banks. Throughout history, the Chao Phraya River and its canals have been an important route for trade and transportation.
Touring the river’s canals has become a popular tourist activity, but the Chao Phraya is still an important part of Thailand’s transportation system. Every day, more than 50,000 people use the river’s ferry system to get around.