BANGKOK – The Chao Phraya Express Boat Co.,Ltd. unveiled four double deck air-conditioned boats to upgrade its service for commuters, connecting elevated trains and subways.
The catamaran or “Riva Express” is designed by Australian experts. The new design reduces wave-making, impacts on environment and save energy. The diesel-powered vessel has a seating capacity of 200 people.
They will serve commuters from Nonthaburi pier to Bang Pho pier and Rajinee pier and Sathorn pier, linking MRT and BTS stations. The new boats will be operational on April 1.
There is air conditioning on board on the lower deck. The open-air upper deck allows passengers to enjoy sightseeing along the river. The boat operator plans to extend the service route to the ancient city of Ayutthaya.
The boats are fitted with CCTV surveillance cameras for safety of passengers. The holders of Rabbit cards for the Skytrain will be able to use their cards to pay for the boat fare.