Last weekend while on the way to Chinatown I made use of the Tha Din Daeng cross river ferry and the Route 20 metro bus service. This route allows a fairly quick way to get from Wong Wian Yai SRT station to Chinatown.
A little Background on Tha Din Daeng.
Tha Din Daeng dates back to the 18th century when Thonburi was founded as the capital of Thailand for a short period. For a large amount of this time the area was fairly rural and underdeveloped. Then in the 1920's the area took off as a new home for the Thai – Indian and Thai – Chinese communities. Even today there are still a number of Indian and Chinese related shops around the Tha Din Daeng area.
Tha Din Daeng is located at the end of Tha Din Daeng road in the Klong San district of Bangkok. A single bus route provides onward transport for cross river ferry passengers. This bus route provides a service mostly in a southerly direction from the pier. It is known as Route 20. It operates as a two tier service between Tha Din Daeng and Samut Chedi. Bus route 20 operates every 2 minutes at peak periods and every 5 minutes during off peak periods and weekends. The full route is operated by aircon buses. The short route that terminates at Phra Pradaeng BIG C is operated by non aircon buses.
The layout of the bus terminus at Tha Din Daeng is rather poor in that buses have to shunt back and forth to turn around in the narrow dead end street. The aircon buses stop on the right hand side of the road facing north. The non aircon buses stop on the left hand side of the road but facing south.
1. This is a shot of a Route 20 aircon bus. Taken as it was about to depart from the terminus at the end of Tha Din Daeng road. Bus number BMTA: 5 – 66139. Bus type Merc O405 aircon.
2. This is a shot of a couple of Route 20 mini bus. Taken as they where waiting for passengers coming off the cross river ferry at Tha Din Daeng. Bus numbers unknown. Bus type unknown. The driver of the closest mini bus is checking something under the bus.
3. This is an image or a Route 20 aircon bus. Taken as it was trying to turn around at Tha Din Daeng terminus. The buses normally depart and turn around with the doors wide open.
4. This is a general view looking south from Tha Din Daeng. The left two buses had just departed. The other two aircon buses are waiting for passengers.
5. This is a shot of the Cross River ferry to Chinatown. Taken from Tha Din Daeng just before it departed. These cross river ferries can get very overcrowded at times.
6. This is a shot of 3 ferry boats for the cross river service. These boats are used during peak periods when a total of 5 boats are operating. All of the boats are made from welded steel.
7. This is a general view of Ratchawong Pier on the Chinatown side of the river. Taken from Tha Din Daeng. The Chao Phraya Express boats also depart from Ratchawong Pier.
8. This is a general view of Tha Din Daeng on the Thonburi side of the river. Taken from Ratchawong Pier. During peak times both piers are used to help move the huge load of passengers.
9. This is a close up shot of the captains steering wheel on a Tha Din Daeng cross river ferry. The captains area is not isolated from the passengers at any point.
10. This is an inside shot of the Cross River ferry. Taken just after arrival at Ratchawong Pier. As people tend to spend less than 5 minutes per trip. The boats are designed to increase standing loads.
11.This is a shot video of a ride on the Tha Din Daeng cross river ferry. Note how people tend to jump out before anyone can get on the ferry. A second cross river ferry can be seen passing the boat.
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- Welcome to the Thai Mass Transport Systems Blog
- The Buses of Rama 2 road
- The Buses of Wong Wian Yai
- SRT Mahachai Train runs with the doors wide open.
- A Trip from Wong Wian Yai to Bang Bon on the SRT Mahachai line.
- A Ride on Route 147 (Kanchana Phisek rd)
- A Ride on Route 146 (Kanchana Phisek rd)
- The New Southern Bus Terminal + Intercity buses.
- The Mass Transport Vehicles of Mahachai City.
- SRT: The Maeklong line and Maeklong railway market
- The Maeklong Bus Terminal
- The Modern Rail Based Mass Transit of Thailand
- The Modern Bus Based Mass Transport of Bangkok.
- The Mass Transport Boats of Bangkok (Chao Phraya Express)
- The Mass Transport Boats of Bangkok (Dao Khanong Klong Boat)
- The Mass Transport Boats of Bangkok (Klong Saen Saep Boat service)
- The Mass Transport Boats of Bangkok (Phra Khanong Klong Boat Service)
- SRT: The Mahachai line a trip from Bang Bon to Mahachai.
- SRT: The Mahachai Rail Yard.
- SRT: The Eastern Line and the construction of the Airport Rail Link.
- SRT: The Main System (Hualamphong Station and rail yard).
- SRT: A trip on the Ayutthaya Commuter Line (Main North line).
- The Buses of Suvarnabhumi Airport and Suvarnabhumi Bus Terminal.
- SRT: Prachuap Khiri Khan railway station and night shots.
- The Mass Transport of Prachuap Khiri Khan.
- A Summary Bus Guide to Bangkok’s Mass transport bus system.
- SRT: Thonburi Rail Yard + Thai Steam Engine Fleet.
- The Buses of Nakhon Pathom and Bus Route 402.
- SRT: The Thonburi to Nakhon Pathom Commuter Line.
- The Mega Mochit 2 Bus Terminal.
- Mochit 2: The Metro Bus Terminal.
- SRT: Bang Sue Junction and Station.
- The Main South line: Bang Sue to Taling Chan link.
- The Mass Transport of Samut Chedi and The Temple in the Sea.
- The Mass Transport of Kheha Thonburi + Vans of Rama 2.
- The Buses and Trucks of Paknam City
- The Mass Transport of Phra Pradaeng.
- Free BMTA Bus and SRT rail travel.
- SRT: The Queensland railways SX commuter carriages.
- A little extra BTS and SRT.
- The Bangkok BRT (Bus Rapid Transit System) and Buses of Thaphra.
- SRT Cargo Trains and Chachoengsao Junction (Eastern Line).
- SRT: Kaeng Khoi Junction night shots and movies.
- SRT: Hin Lap Station and Curve + Dong Phraya Yen Pass.
- Alternative Travel arrangements for Bangkok Airport Passengers.
- The Mega Victory Monument Metro Bus Terminal.
- The Eastern Bus Terminal.
- SRT: Cab Ride Mahachai Line: Bang Bon – Wong Wian Yai.
- The Buses of Rangsit.
- The Rangsit Metro Bus Terminal and Bus Depot.
- The Buses of Pathum Thani.
- SRT Northern Line: Paknam Pho Station and Yard.
- SRT: Kaeng Khoi Junction in the Daylight.
- SRT: Bua Yai Line and Chong Samran.
- The Buses of Saphan Taksin.
- The Buses of Sanam Luang and Tha Chang.
- The Buses of Nonthaburi.
- Chao Phraya Express Boats – The New Pak Kret Service.
- The Southern Line: Hat Yai Junction Station and Yard.
- The new BTS Extension to Wong Wian Yai.
- The Tha Din Daeng cross river ferry + Route 20 terminus.
- The Buses of Chinatown.
- The Eastern Line: Kabinburi and Prachantakam.
- SRT: Khok Salung and Pasak Chonlasit Dam.
- SRT: Southern line the second attempt.
- The state of the Mahachai Line and Bang Bon "Track Lake".
- The Mass Transit of Vientiane Laos.
- Udon Thani's Mass Transit System.
- Thai VIP Intercity Buses + Thai - Lao International Buses.
- The Mass Transit of Mukdahan.
- SRT: Hualamphong Station by Night + Overnight Trains.
- SRT Northern Line: Thailand's Highest and Longest – Khun Tan.
- The Bangkok Airport Rail Link: The fastest train in Thailand.
- SRT: Maeklong Line – Ban Bo Station.
- Bangkok BRT System: Chong Nonsi BTS (Sathorn) to Ratchapruek.
- SRT: Mahachai Line + Buses of Wong Wian Yai during morning peak.
- The new BTS extension from On Nut to Bearing.
- SRT Northern line: Steam Locomotives at Bang Pa In.