The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) today began the free 5-km long boat service from Hua Lampong railway station to Thewes pier to boost tourism and to serve as another alternative to travel to avoid traffic jams on roads.
Four boats are put into the service on two time spans during weekdays from 06.00 am-09.00 am, and from 4.00 pm-8.00 pm or during morning and evening rush hours.
At weekends, the service will be from 08.00 am-08.00pm.
According to Mr Suthon Arnakul, deputy director of the BMA’s traffic and transport department, on weekdays, boat will leave Hua Lampong and Thewes piers 20 minutes apart, while at weekends, 30 minutes apart to boost tourism on the canal and it’s vicinities.
The boat will start from Hua Lampong, passing eight piers namely Noppawong, Yotse, Energy Ministry, Larn Luang, Nakhon Sawan, Rajdamnern Nok, Prachathipatai, and ending at Thewes.
But to extend longer distance and facilitate boat passengers to connect Chao Phraya river express boat service, the BMA is constructing another pier, Talad Theveraj market pier which is expected to finish and open to service mid this month.
He said the next stage that will be full commercial and tourism purpose, six more boats will be added to the fleet in March next year.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)