30 : Chao
Phraya Rice Barge Cruise (Bangkok - Ayudhaya : 3 days/2 nights)
Saturday departure (Minimum
|Rate : Baht 7,800 per person /
Validity from Now - 31 Oct 08
Pickup Time : 07:00 - 07:30
| A unique opportunity to explore
Thailand’s rural heartland along the Chao Phraya River on
board a traditional teak rice barge. Leave Bangkok behind as the
river weaves through the Central Plains and discover a region
of Thailand that is rarely visited by tourists.
Phraya Rice Barge Cruise - River Map
Our barge, named “Thanatharee”
or Treasure on the Water, is 21.1 metres in length and 5.9 metres
in width. It provides simple but comfortable air-conditioned multi-share
accommodation with on-board shower and toilets. The maximum capacity
is 12 passengers.
The spacious upper deck has ample room to relax, enjoy a refreshing
drink, read, play games or just watch the world drifting gently
by. There is also a sun deck for anyone wanting to work on their
tans. Meals will be served on board, and everyone is welcome to
help in the cooking and learn something about the art of Thai
cooking. One may also accompany the cook to the local market and
shops for the day’s ingredients.
|Day 1 (-/L/D)
Board our comfortable converted rice barge "Thanatharee".
A cruise heads upriver to the unspoilt Maenam Noi, a small branch
of the main Chao Phraya River, passing through rich agricultural
areas dotted with small towns and villages where life moves at
a slower and more gentle pace. With bicycles on board frequent
stops are made along the way to explore the countryside and observe
way of life and culture of the rural Thai people. There will be
opportunities to see the traditional handicrafts still produced
in these areas and meet with the local people, in a world far
removed from the usual tourist haunts. Meals served on board.
Coffee, tea and seasonal fruits are available at all times. Moore
at a small village in the evening, and tie up for the night.
|Day 2 (B/L/D)
An opportunity to give food to the monks on their
morning alms round and then cycling to explore the villages with
opportunities to talk to school kids, old folks or farmers then
rejoin the barge for total relaxation. Those who wish to learn
the secret of Thai cuisine are always welcome to join our crew
for meal preparation. Overnight on board at another small village.
|Day 3 (B/-/-)
There is time for a leisurely breakfast and a cycling
ride this morning to explore local activities. Then cruise along
peaceful river branch to meet main Chao Phraya River with possibilities
for more stops if time permits. Disembark and ready to depart
for the next destination. End of services.
- - - Terms & Conditions - - -
- During the months, normally, around September-November
it may not be possible to use the Maenam Noi in which case the
itinerary will follow the main Chao Phraya River.
The activities and schedule are subject to change without prior
notice due to local conditions.
- Guarantee departure
Year round for a minimum of 2 persons and a maximum of 12 persons.
- Saturday departure, Bangkok - Maenam Noi - Ayudhaya
- Departs Bangkok at 08.30, terminates in Ayudhaya
at 12.00, approximately.
- In case of cancellation
- 8-14 days prior to departure date : charge 30% of total
- 1-7 days prior to departure date : charge 50% of total
- No Show : Non-refundable
- A supplement of
Baht 900 per person is payable for those clients requiring transportation
from/to Bangkok or Ayudhaya (one way with a minimum of 2 persons).
Charge for children :
50% of tour rate when joining the tour with 2 paying adults. (Applicable
for children aged less than 10 years, except where otherwise stated.)
Services included in the price :
Pick-up service from Bangkok Hotel (city area) to Pinklao Pier
where boarding (minimum 2 persons)
- On board
Thanatharee : The barge provides air-conditioned multi-share accommodation
for a maximum of 12 persons, the bedroom area being divided into
two sections by a curtain. One common bathroom and one toilet
are located on the main deck, a second toilet is on the upper
deck. Please bring your own personnel toiletries (towel and soap
- Full board during the cruise
- All services and activities described in the itineraries
- English-speaking assistance
Value added tax
Services not included in the
- Soft drinks (except water)
and alcoholic beverages
- Meals not mentioned
in the above itinerary
- Tips for the crew
- Personal expenses
- Any purchase made through the website, bookings
have to be made in advance
- Full prepayment is required either by credit
card (Visa, Master, JCB) or bank
Cancellation Policy :
- If written notification of cancellation (by email
or facsimile) received after payment has been done or 1 working
day (Not including Sat, Sun & Public Holiday) prior to departure,
there will be no cancellation charge except credit card processing
- In case of No Show : non-refundable