The legendary Chao Phraya River is formed by four major tributaries, the Ping, Wang, Yom and Nan Rivers which flow from the northern watershed of Thailand to merge at Pak Nam Pho estuary in Nakhon Sawan Province.
Until it reaches the Gulf of Siam, it flows for 379 kilometers through the central plains of Thailand, the rice bowl of the Kingdom for centuries. The name Chao Phraya comes from the title of the highest noble in the Royal household, that is why is referred to as the “The River of Kings”.
The Thai people still rely greatly on water transport; thus, the main rivers and the intricate system of canals that connect them and irrigate the land became important trade routes and communication system for people that brought about social integration and prosperity to the Kingdom.
Along the river we can see people of different races with different religious beliefs and different cultural backgrounds living together in peace. The Buddhist temples, Christian churches, Muslim mosques and spirit shrines standing side by side are testimony to this harmony.