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Given the numerous waterways in Thailand, it is unsurprising that the local lifestyle has embraced this feature by developing markets along the canals, as well as boats and ships throughout the years. Given the importance of trade and transport in former Siam, the shipping and boating industries in the country flourished leading to the development of Royal Barges. The importance of Royal Barges in Thai history is of immense importance as evidenced by the Royal Barge Procession which began in the 14th century and has been a common feature throughout history. Its importance is celebrated even today in the form of the Royal Barges Museum in Bangkok which houses eight Barges.
Given its important role in history, such barges provide a truly iconic mode of travel and exploration in the capital for tourists can opt for Bangkok river cruises with Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort in restored antique barges for a truly historic feel. Facilitated by Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, a luxury resort located overlooking the famed Chao Phraya River; tourists can begin their cruise from the comfort of their hotel itself as Manohra Cruises depart from its private pier.
Opting for Manohra Cruises will provide tourists with the opportunity to explore the Chao Phraya River from a different perspective whilst enjoying the local cuisine. These Cruises depart daily in the evening and patrons can select from either a Gold or Silver Set Menu for their meal which is served at 8.15pm. The Cruise which concludes at 9.30pm lasts two hours and will pass by the Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan Temple, which is also known as the Temple of Dawn. Commonly believed to be the most photographed temple in the entire city, the Temple of the Dawn is a beautiful sight especially at night and at sunrise. Manohra Cruises also provide the ideal setting for a celebration, whether it is a birthday or otherwise.
Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.