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If you are planning on holidaying in Bangkok and journeying on a cruise during your vacation, a three day Chao Phraya Cruise is something you should not miss.
The grandeur of the Chao Phraya River aboard Anantara Cruises will fill you with the wonders of Bangkok. The old world charm of rice barges converted and rebuilt in solid teak gives you a feeling of royalty. The two cruise ships are named ‘Anantara Song’ and ‘Anantara Dream’ and take you on the Ayutthaya Thousand Golden Temples Tour, or Ang Thong Mystic River Tour.
Chao Phraya river which originates from Nakhon Sawan province, winds for 360 kilometers to the south of the country and joins the mighty waters of the gulf of Thailand at Pak Nam. It was teeming with busy activity during the 17th century, and now allows visitors to experience the old world charm of river life and to feast their eyes upon the grandeur of the many historical monuments which are located along the way.
The Grand Palace, Temple of Dawn and Royal Barges Boathouse are some of the iconic landmarks you will pass whilst on cruise. Firsthand experience of river life could be gained whilst participating in merit making traditional rites that are native to river life. You will see the largest Buddha statue which is housed within a monastery, the summer palace of Kings who ruled Ayutthaya in the olden days, as well as the Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Craft Centre which are all situated along the course of the cruise.
On board the Anantara Dream and Anantara Song, you will find two and four staterooms respectively. Both cruise barges boast private ensuite restrooms and with all the amenities that are the norm with any cruise ship. Anantara Dream departs any day whilst the Anantara Song departs on Mondays and Thursdays.
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.