3 Days 2 Nights
Before roads were built to link Bangkok with Ayutthaya, Thailand’s former capital, Thai people preferred to build their homes along the Chao Phraya River. The river, which originates in the north and runs through Ayutthaya and Bangkok, was once the main channel of transportation. During this period, the riverside communities flourished and the river was always busy with boats.
Offering a Chao Phraya river cruise between Bangkok and Ayutthaya, the Mekhala is a collection of two elegantly restored, beautifully crafted rice barges. The barges provide the setting for an overnight relaxing river cruise between Bangkok and the UNESCO world heritage city of Ayutthaya. The cruise gives you an opportunity to revisit the ‘old Siam’ and see a charming way of life of local people along the Chao Phraya River.
The Mekhala boat has only six cabins, promising you an unparalleled sense of intimacy and personalization as you cruise the river of the Kings. Each cabin is equipped with amenities and has an en-suite bathroom.
Route : Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Bang Pa In Palace, Mon Village and Koh Kret
13.00 hr. Depart from the Oriental pier near the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Bangkok and cruise up north along the Chao Praya River passing various Bangkok’s riverside landmarks.
17.30 hr. Stop at Pathumthani fresh market to explore a way of life of local people.
18.00 hr. Continue to Wat Kai Tia
18.30 hr. Arrive at Wat Kai Tia, a riverside Buddhist temple, for an overnight stop.
19.30 hr. Dinner and overnight on board the Mekhala boat
06.30 hr. Early morning cruise to Sala Daeng village
07.15 hr. Arrive at Sala Daeng village for a walking tour led by local tour guide. Learn about ethnic Mon community that migrated from Burma almost 200 years ago. You may have a chance to talk with local people and learn some local Mon wisdom.
08.15 hr. Return to the boat for breakfast and continue the journey.
10.15 hr. Enjoy a tour at Bang Pa In Summer Palace. Discover a royal residence originally built around the 17th century to serve as a summer palace of Ayutthaya kings and reconstructed in the 19th century.
12.00 hr. Return to the boat for lunch while Mekhala winds its way to the historic city of Ayuthaya passing various ancient Buddhist temples along the river, i.e. Wat Panancherng, Wat Putthaisawan, Wat Chai Wattanaram, etc. We will stop at a royal temple of Wat Nivesthamprawat for an overnight stop. You are free to explore this monastery until the dinner time.
19.30 hr. Dinner and overnight on board the Mekhala
06.00 hr. Depart from the pier early in the morning. Breakfast will be served on board. You will enjoy the peaceful scenery along the river.
11.00 hr. Arrive at Ko Kret Island. Explore the history of ethnic Mon community and witness its unique culture and craftsmanship of clay pottery. Take part in a pottery making class with local artisan. You can buy some local sweets to eat on board. Return to the boat for lunch. Continue cruising to Wat Chalermprakiat to visit a royal temple built in the early 19th century and located on the riverside.
16.00 hr. Arrive at the Oriental pier in Bangkok