34 : Chao
Phraya Rice Barge Cruise (Ayudhaya - Bangkok : 2 days/1 night)
Thursday departure (Minimum
|Rate : Baht 6,300 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 : Thursday,
Ayudhaya - Maenam Noi (-/L/D)
13.30 hrs. board the Thanatharee at Ayudhaya railway station pier
and cruise to the Portuguese village, where some remains of ancient
San Petro Church and antique artifacts were excavated. After a
short visit, set off by bicycle to visit a Muslim village and
see the mosque, see anchors and other items from ancient junks
at Wat Kai Tia and see how a typical Thai house is built. Rejoin
the barge at Ban Kling village and continue the cruise to Wat
Nivet Dhamma Prawat, a Buddhist monastery built by King Rama V
in gothic architectural style. Head to the unspoiled Mae Nam Noi,
a small branch of the main Chao Phraya River. Overnight at Wat
Singh. Dinner on board.
|Day 2 : Friday,
Maenam Noi - Samkok - Ko Kred - Bangkok (B/L/-)
Time for breakfast and the opportunity to give food
to the monks on their morning alms round, Cruise along Maenam
Noi and back to the main Chao Phraya River and make a short stop
at Wat Pailom, well known as a winter nesting ground of the Asian
Openbill Stork which migrates from Northern India and Siberia.
Afterwards depart for Pathum Thani with lunch on board. Arrive
at the lively Pathum Thani market where varieties of fresh meats,
vegetables and various local goods are sold. Continue the cruise
to Ko Kred, an island in the middle of the Chao Phraya River.
Explore the Mon pottery-making village on the island. Rejoin the
barge and cruise to Bangkok. Disembark at Pinklao Pier at approximately
17.00 hrs. and transfer to Bangkok Hotel (city area). End of services.
- - - Terms & Conditions - - -
- A transfer from Bangkok to Ayudhaya on Day 1 can
be arranged for a supplementary charge.
the months, normally, around September-November it may not be
possible to use the Mae Nam Noi in which case the itinerary will
follow the main Chao Phraya River.
of the barge portion is only a guideline and is subject to change
without prior notice due to tide of the river and local conditions,
but the same concept is well maintained.
departure Year round for a minimum of 2 persons and a maximum
of 12 persons.
- Thursday departure, Ayudhaya
- Departs Ayudhaya at 13.30, terminates
in Bangkok at 17.00, approximately.
- In case
of cancellation :
Charge for children :
- 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
- 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 Pinklao Pier to Bangkok Hotel (city area)
(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 are
- 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