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Bangkok's Chao Phraya River Upstream Cruise

Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand

Visit: Bangkok, Ban Khlong Takhian

Accommodation: Deluxe

Activity: River & Canal Cruising

Overview

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There is no better way to witness the traditional way of life of Thai people than by cruising along the legendary Chao Phraya River (River of Kings). During this two-day cruise on the Mekhala, you will travel back in time as you view the rich history of Thailand.The Mekhala is a collection of three elegantly restored, beautifully crafted rice barges. The barges provide the setting for overnight journeys between Bangkok and Ayutthaya retracing the paths of former royal processions. Your journey on the Mekhala starts in Bangkok and ends in Ayutthaya / Bang Pa-in Summer Palace, or vice versa.There are only six rooms, promising you an unparalleled sense of intimacy and personalization as you cruise the river of the Kings. Optional tours such as a guided visit to the Summer Palace and to the Ancient City of Ayutthaya, as well as transfer options, are available.Our prices include a 1-night / 2-day cruise onboard the Mekhala with a delicious Thai dinner, breakfast and snacks, water, tea and coffee with meals, accommodation based on sharing a double cabin with air-conditioning and private bathroom and the service of a multi-language, well experienced crew. The Mekhala Rice Barges are also available for charter for both, day / dinner cruises on the Chao Phraya River and overnight cruises.Accommodation: This trip uses 4 to 5 star accommodation. Please refer to the itinerary section for more details about the accommodation selected for this trip.

Highlights

    • Passing the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn
    • You will visit a fresh market where local people shop for food, fresh produce, and a variety of Thai sweets
    • You will spend the night on board the boat in your air-conditioned cabin

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 132895
Accommodation: Deluxe
Guide Language: english

Starts: Bangkok, Thailand
Finishes: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 2 days
Departures: Guaranteed
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • 1-night / 2-day cruise on board the Mekhala with a delicious Thai dinner
  • Breakfast, snacks, water, tea, and coffee with meals
  • Accommodation based on sharing a double cabin with air-conditioning, private bathroom, and the service of a multi-language
  • Well experienced crew

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Departure taxes
  • Visas
  • Other meals
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any additional optional tours or activities during free time
  • Souvenirs
  • Departure transfers

Price

Price person (sharing double) $227 ($114/day)

Deposit:

20% per person for bookings made 60 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

Trip Price may include accommodation, transport/transfer, activities, services of a professional guide & more. (Please refer to the include/excludes section for details)

Tour packages spare you the hassles of trip planning, a la carte booking, organizing and managing the logistics at a foreign location.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive in Bangkok & cruise on the legendary Mekhala

Your excursion starts as the boat casts off around 1 pm and heads up the Chao Phraya River, passing the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn.  Along the way, you’ll be able to observe the way of rural life along the river.

Arriving at Pathum Thani in the afternoon, you will visit a fresh market where local people shop for food, fresh produce, and a variety of Thai sweets. 

At sunset, the Mekhala will dock at Wat Kai Tia, a Buddhist temple located in a tranquil rural village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai delicacies will be served on the deck. 

You will spend the night on board the boat in your air-conditioned cabin.

Day 2: Cruise to the small village of Baan Saladang / Depart in Ayuthaya

We start the day by cruising to the small village of Baan Saladang, an aged-old Mon community that migrated from Burma to this area in the early 19th century. The villagers here have successfully maintained their traditional life style, customs, and natural surroundings. You will also see a collection of well-preserved typical Thai houses in this charming village.

Afterwards, you be served a delicious breakfast on board. Later in the morning, you will disembark and travel to Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace. Built in the 17th century, this palace complex showcases a collection of different styles of buildings, arranged amongst beautifully landscaped gardens with an inspiring water setting. The mansions reflect Chinese, Swiss, Khmer, Thai, and European styles of architecture.

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Thailand Bangkok, Ban Khlong Takhian
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River & Canal Cruising , sightseeing, temple, palace, river cruise, Local Markets, Local Culture

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Ann  

"The cruise was wonderful. The crew were so helpful, the food was delicious, and the views along the river, very interesting. I would recommend it highly."

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Daniel H.  

" I have been here over 12 times from the USA and this was one of the most exceptional times I have had. I also want to thank you and your entire crew for their professional and friendly attitude during the entire cruise. It was what made it so enjoyable and successful!"