Cost of water taxi in Bangkok river

Jan 11th, 2009, 07:10 PM
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Cost of water taxi in Bangkok river

I took a boat from the shangri la pier to the grand palace for a 1000 thai bahts-that's roughly $29. Is that what I should have paid or was I ripped off? this old thai lady at the pier was very insistent that that was the rate and so I reluctantly paid it.
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Jan 11th, 2009, 07:12 PM
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how does one say riped off!!!
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Jan 11th, 2009, 07:14 PM
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do you mean a long tail boat?? maximum rental is 600B per hour i think normally...

how long was the ride 15 minutes or less?

the choa payra express boat would have been about 10 B
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Jan 11th, 2009, 07:27 PM
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hi rhkkmk, it wasnt a long tail boat, just a regular SLOW boat for about 30 mins! it was a private ride though not a bus taxi. Can you say bus taxi?!
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Jan 11th, 2009, 07:47 PM
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Mark, I can't figure out what kind of boat you were in. The water taxis are more like water buses - packed to the gills with locals, they are very cheap. A ride from the Shangri-La Pier to the Grand Palace runs about 24 baht for the express boat about 11 or 12 baht for the one that stops every pier. The "tourist boat" is more - but nothing like 1000 baht, and you don't have the whole boat to yourselves.

Bob, do you have any idea what kind of boat he was in?
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Jan 12th, 2009, 04:36 AM
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Hey Kathie, I guess it wasnt a "water taxi" then. It was a medium size private boat, comparable in size to the long tail ones, with benches along the sides of the boat. $29 seems resonable by US standards, but after spending a few more days in Bangkok, I thought a 1000 bahts was defintely way too much for that 30 min boat ride.
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Jan 12th, 2009, 05:00 AM
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kathie...not sure...maybe just a freelancer....maybe like those small boats that go from side to side, but usually people stand up on those boats??

in any case.....way tooooooo much money, but live and learn... and 'just say no'
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Jan 12th, 2009, 05:07 AM
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This sounds like one of the smaller tourist boats that are used to take people on canal tours instead of the long-tails.

Your mistake was taking a boat from the Shangri-La pier. Like everything else, the hotels over-charge grossly for boat arrangements. All you had to do was walk next door to the hotels, to the pier under the bridge, where you would have gotten a regular boat for under 25 Baht.
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Jan 12th, 2009, 06:38 AM
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I don't think the OP took the boat from the Shangri La - but from the pier. we've been approached before there whilst waiting for the express boat
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Jan 12th, 2009, 07:14 AM
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You learned a valuable lesson, but I would still go back and raise hell with that lady.
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Jan 12th, 2009, 08:07 AM
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I wish I were still in Bangkok just so I could go back and put that dishonest female dog in her place!! So what boat should I have taken to the grand place and from where?
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Jan 12th, 2009, 09:10 AM
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maybe try contacting the hotel and tell them their customers are being fleeced on the hotel pier. Also tell them you're surprised that the hotel would be associated with this element.
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Jan 12th, 2009, 09:15 AM
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You could have taken any of the water taxis - the big boats packed with people - from any of the public piers. It sounds like you were at the pier just below the skytrain. Just go to the boat heading in the correct direction (to your right from there). Once you are on the boat, the woman who collects fares will come by, you tell her where you are going and she'll collect your fare and give you change.

For the kind of private boat you got, the rate sounds high, but may well have been the "tourist rate." Part of the problem may have been miscommunication about what kind of boat you wanted. There are agents at the pier who arrange private boats for people, and I guess that is who you asked. People don't usually ask her for the water taxi, so she may have been offering you what she thought you wanted.
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Jan 12th, 2009, 09:25 AM
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hi mark - here are the best boats to catch from the pier outside the shangri la gates (i assume that is where you got your boat from last time).

You go through the krungthep wing and turn right - under the skytrain and bridge.

It is called the Chao Phraya Express Boat and it runs up to the grand palace - take a look at the pictures on this website and you can spot it next time

http://www.chaophrayaboat.co.th/expressboat_e.htm

the boat will arrive at the stop and make a beeping noise as it reverses into dock, everyone will leap off and everyone will leap on and then the horn/whistle blows and it goes. it is v quick!! you pay once you are on board

btw, the website is quite slow to load but it gets there in the end
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sorry - I made it sound as if it just runs up to the grand palace, it doesn't, goes much further but it STOPS near the grand palace
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