If you want to see a fast disappearing part of old Thailand, you cannot
do better than to cruise up the Chao Phraya
river (The River of Kings) from Bangkok to Ayutthaya,
the ancient capital of Thailand.
You can book and catch your boat, the Anantara Song, for the
three day, 150 kilometre cruise from just outside the
Marriot Anantara Riverside Spa Hotel Resort in Bangkok.
Once this magnificent boat was a rice barge but now it has four roomy
air-conditioned staterooms. The layout of the boat allows you to explore
and view the passing scenery in style and comfort. Life is slowed
down to a calm relaxing pace and being surrounded by the original
century-old teak hull and the antique furniture with a lounge, bar and
sun-deck at your disposal, you could not ask for better.
Chao Phraya River waterways near hotel accommodation, Bangkok
Many of the traditional furniture you will see on the boat was
lovingly handmade by craftsmen - some of who still live on the bank of
the Chao Phraya river.
Each night you will be fed a new and different Thai meal under soft
candlelight set on the heavy mahogany tables and during the day you can
visit river markets and buy, at
cheap prices, local handicraft and
Chao Phraya river cruise sightseeing
Include Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn), the
Temple of the
Emerald Buddha, the Royal Palace and the Royal Barge Museum. All these
sights are well worth a visit.
The Chao Phraya river is lined by traditional
Thai wooden homes that sit out over the water.
You will see a multitude of vendors plying their wares on the
river paddling their dug out canoes, and children in the hundreds
swimming and playing in the warm water. And always there are the saffron
robed monks walking calmly along or silently meditating on the river
The real beauty of the Anantara Song and your river cruise
will be the escape from the noise, chaos, busy market places, bars,
traffic, restaurants, narrow alleyways and crowds of Bangkok.
For manyThais the Chan Phraya river is the fastest way to
Bangkok. There are low cost high speed ferries that will get, not only the
locals, but you as well from A to B and onto C if you wish and back
again. Travelling the Chao Phraya river in
this way is a treat and should not be missed. You will be able to jump
on and off long tail river boats easily and
You will experience an early morning visit to the monks at the Wat Bang
Na monastery before being driven by limo to the ancient city
of Ayutthaya which is
now a UNESCO World Heritage site with the historical ruins of an age long
This is a tour from Bangkok to Ayutthaya you
will never forget. Be one of the few that have the opportunity to
experience this mode of travel along the
River of Kings!
Accommodation near the Chao Phraya River, that's Bangkok's nerve
centre is remarkably good and includes Bangkok's best resort hotels.
Photo of The Oriental Hotel outdoor restaurant near Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.