River Cruise From Bangkok to Ayutthaya

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.

Boa on Chao Phraya River 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.

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 other souvenirs.

Chao Phraya River Cruise Sightseeing Stop Overs

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. Children in the hundreds swim and playi in the warm water. Always there are the saffron robed Buddhist monks walking calmly along or silently meditating on the river banks.

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 many Thais the Chao Phraya river is the fastest way to travel around 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 quickly.

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 past.

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 near Bangkok's Chao Phraya River
Photo of The Oriental Hotel outdoor hotel restaurant near Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.


Long tail boat Chao Phraya River BangkokLong tail boat Chao Phraya River Bangkok


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