Getting around Bangkok has another mode of transport besides taxis, trains and tuk tuks. If you are staying at a hotel by the river, your best bet of transportation could very well be the river or at least the ferries and Chao Phraya Express Boats that go up and down the river.
There are a good number of top hotels on the "wrong" side of the river and getting around can be slow if you have to take a taxi, but many of these hotels provide a free ferry service which takes its guests across the river to a point that makes it easy to access faster transportation.
One of the best available is the river bus service which can take you from Thaksin bridge to The Grand Palace
A Bangkok river bus
A Hotel river ferry
What Types Of River Transport Is There?
There are a number of different types of river transport used in Bangkok and Thailand. Some of these are:
Chao Phraya Express Boats
Long tail boat
Hotel river ferry
Chao Phraya Express
This is a popular mode of transport in Bangkok. The Chao Phraya Express Boats goes up and down the Chao Praya river and go from Pakkred to Ratburana but most tourists use this mode of transport to get them from the Thaksin bridge which is where there is a BTS station, to the Grand Palace or some of the many attractions or hotels along the way. For a complete list of stops take a look at the Chao Praya Express Route Map. Fares range from 10 to 32 Baht.
The Express boats carry different coloured flags and these flags represent the route they take and the stops they make but for general tourists purposes, any flag will do, but if in doubt, catch the orange flag boat as that stops at almost all the piers.
It is possible to stop at The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel / River City, Wat Arun, Memorial Bridge and Grand Palace as well as a number of other places.