Traverse Bangkok’s Scenic Chao Phraya River with Brand-New Sustainable Electric Ferry

Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River is being transformed by a new fleet of electric catamarans, the MINE Smart Ferries, which will transport passengers without impacting the environment.

Traverse Bangkok’s Scenic Chao Phraya River with Brand-New Sustainable Electric Ferry

Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River is being transformed by a new fleet of electric catamarans, the MINE Smart Ferries, which will transport passengers without impacting the environment.

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With the MINE Smart Ferries, passengers can now travel along the Chao Phraya River of Bangkok in a fast, comfortable and environmentally friendly way.

Anyone who has ever visited Bangkok would know the Chao Phraya River, one of the kingdom’s major rivers that flows into the Gulf of Thailand. For hundreds of years, it has been used for fishing, recreation, transport and drainage. In modern tourism, the river becomes a hub for dinner cruises – an invigorating way to get to know this bustling capital. Eat Vacation is truly enraptured by the introduction of a new fleet of electric catamarans that will operate on the Chao Phraya River. The MINE Smart Ferries, an electric ferry service complete with air-conditioning, has officially invited public to roam its vessels.

Even more delightful is the fact that Thailand’s first electric ferries will remain free of charge until the 14th of February 2021. Although a 20-Baht fare will be introduced in the second phase, which will last up to six months. This environmentally friendly project is in accordance with the country’s 20-year plan that aims to build and develop a sustainable system of renewable transport. Thailand-based Energy Absolute had manufactured these MINE Smart Ferries and will be operating them.

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A total of 27 ferries are in the pipeline for the service with six to be deployed in the initial stage, then four to six new ferries will be added per month. All cabins are air-conditioned and have their own disinfection system.

These vessels measure up to 24 meters long and operate on Li-Ion batteries. A single charge can run it for up to 100 kilometres, and Eat Vacation believes this would provide a solid foundation for Thailand’s transport infrastructure in the future. This amount of power is enough to carry a maximum of 250 passengers for two round trips on its 23-kilometre route along the river.

Eat Vacation could imagine tourists discovering this new and sustainable way to experience one of Bangkok’s most enriching heritage. One could expect a tourist boat on weekends for those wanting to cruise the river. Starting from Tha Chang Pier and departing at CAT Tower, there will be several stops at Wat Arun, Wat Kalayanamit, as well as the Marine Department for sightseeing opportunities.

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