Halong Bay Boat in Thailand

Anantara Cruise

Cruise company: Manohra
Cruise type: Midrange, Sharing, 4 cabins
Destinations: Thailand - Thailand
Journey back in time and discover the Chao Phraya River’s majestic wonders. Step aboard our exquisite 100 year old rice barge, meticulously rebuilt from solid teak and lavishly converted to its present splendour. Cruise in comfort and enjoy Anantara’s personalised service, for a once in a lifetime voyage along the River of Kings.
Destinations: Bangkok - Ayutthaya

Itinerary

Day 1 : Bangkok - Ayutthaya (L, D)
  • At 10 a.m., you depart from the pier located in front of Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa. Once on board, your experienced crew will serve a welcome chilled herbal drink. You’ll arrive at the Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun. This is one of the best known temples in Bangkok and dates back to the ancient Ayutthaya period. We will stop here for a short guided tour and depart at 11:30am.
  • Next, arrive at the Royal Barges National Museum. This is one of Bangkok’s most fascinating sites, not seen anywhere else in the world. The museum is home to an incredible collection of gilded and ornately decorated boats with magnificently carved prows, including his Majesty the King’s personal barge, Suphannahongse. Built in 1911 to resemble a mythical swan, the boat is 46 meters long and was carved from a single tree. All the barges kept here are unique in their portrayal of incredible craftsmanship. Lunch is served.
  • Shortly after your lunch, Anantara Song will pass the manmade island of Koh Kret in Nonthaburi Province which is populated by one of Thailand’s many ethnic minority groups, the Mon people, who use the river’s fine clay to produce earthenware pots. Then as we continue our journey, spend the afternoon relaxing on board, watching vivid snapshots of river life unfold. At tea time, a traditional English afternoon tea will be served. Sip on a selection of teas, accompanied by tea sandwiches, fruit and chocolate cakes, scones with whipped cream and jam, as well as delicious cookies and pastries.
  • At 4:30pm a quick stop at Wat Pathum Khong Ka to feed the fish which offers a simple way of gaining merit and good luck. This promotes the Buddhist cycle of life by feeding the fish so they in turn can produce life. Some of these carp fish are giants! Arrive at Wat Samakkiyaram in time to watch sunset and moor for the night.
  • Then, relax and freshen up in your private en-suite stateroom, before returning to the deck for aperitifs and Thai canapés. With Wat Samakkiyaram as a dramatic backdrop, a traditional Thai dinner will be served, after which you can relax on deck with a glass of wine or nightcap before retiring to your stateroom for your first night on board.
Day 2 : Ayutthaya (B, L, D)
  • At 8:30 a.m., enjoy your freshly prepared breakfast. Recline on a deck lounger and watch river life float past as you cruise up the Chao Phraya River through the Thai countryside. We will stop off briefly at Wat Bote which offers a wonderful chance to make merit with the monks followed by a tour of the temple. Thai Buddhists believe that by making merit they earn happiness, peace and the chance to progress in their next life, while this sacred experience creates a harmonious way to start the day for all. Mediterranean set lunch is served.
  • Anantara Song arrives at Wat Panancherng for a tour of this old monastery which houses Thailand’s largest ancient Buddha image. This image, known as Luang Po To, was made in 1344 and is revered as the God Protector by the Chinese, who made up the majority of sailors at this time. A limousine with guide will then transfer you to the UNESCO World. Heritage site of Ayutthaya, this ancient capital was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong and it was from here that the Siamese ruled their Kingdom for 417 years.
  • Spend the afternoon exploring Ayutthaya in the company of an expert guide. Enjoy the chance to ride an elephant, and as Ayutthaya is such a large area, your limousine driver will wait for you and provide a tour of the city’s outer areas. Take a limousine transfer to Bang Pa In, one of the 16 districts of Ayutthaya, where you will rejoin Anantara Song. Along the way you may wish to buy a bag of fish or a cage of small birds for you to release back to nature in a local gesture of making merit. Across from Bang Pa In is Wat Niwet Thammaprawat - one of the most intriguing Buddhist temples – and this is where we will moor for the night. Wat Niwet Thammaprawat was constructed at the command of King Rama V in 1878 in the style of an English Gothic church. The temple’s stained glass windows and unusual architecture makes it one of the most distinctive Buddhist temples in Thailand.
  • Then, relax and freshen up in your private en-suite stateroom before returning to the deck for aperitifs and Thai canapés. A traditional Thai dinner will be served on deck.
Day 3 : Ayutthaya - Bangkok (B, L)
  • In the morning, enjoy your freshly prepared breakfast. At 9 a.m., your personal guide will meet you at Anantara Song and begin the tour of Wat Niwet Thammaprawat. From Wat Niwet Thammaprawat we will take a short walk to the Bang Pa in Summer Palace. The original palace was built by King Prasat Thong on the island and was used as a country residence for the later kings of the Ayutthaya period. However, after the capital moved to Bangkok, Bang Pa In was abandoned for 80 years to be revived by King Rama V, who commanded the construction of additional theatres, temples and monuments in a mixture of European, Chinese and Thai styles. We will explore the palace grounds by electric carts, although the site can also be easily walked.
  • Travel to Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre with a limousine transfer and guide to enjoy the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. Here you can see a variety of Thai houses in regional styles and discover how Thailand’s rural people make handicrafts such as fern basketry, silk flowers, hand woven silk and cotton, silk dyeing, wood carving, miniature hand modeled dolls and traditional furniture, which make it a great place to shop. After a short guided tour, we will depart at around noon. Then, rejoin Anantara Song at the Bang Sai Royal Folk Pier. A light Thai set lunch will be served as we head back to Bangkok. At tea time, a traditional English afternoon tea is served. Sip on a selection of teas, accompanied by delicious cookies and pastries.
  • Arrive at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa Pier at 16:30. End of the trip.

Price & Booking

Include

  • Full board accommodation, including meals, coffee, tea & drinking water.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Visits mentioned in the program.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Transportation from departure port to arrival port 

Exclude

  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Tours & meals other than those mentioned in the program.
  • Transfers from/to airport and hotels.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Gratuities for the crew.
  • Transfer from hotel to port and vice-versa
Remark
  • Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather and operating conditions. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
  • Meals on board are fusion: Vietnamese, Cambodian & international. Guests should advise of any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least three days prior to the cruise date.
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority.
  • Surcharge on Christmas (24/12/) and New Year (31/12/) & on Lunar New Year 
Destinations: Bangkok – Angthong

Itinerary

Day 1 : Bangkok - Ang Thong (L, D)
  • At 10 a.m., you depart from the pier located in front of Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa. Once on board, your experienced crew will serve a welcome chilled herbal drink. You’ll arrive at the Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun. This is one of the best known temples in Bangkok and dates back to the ancient Ayutthaya period. We will stop here for a short guided tour and depart at 11:30am.
  • Next, arrive at the Royal Barges National Museum. This is one of Bangkok’s most fascinating sites, not seen anywhere else in the world. The museum is home to an incredible collection of gilded and ornately decorated boats with magnificently carved prows, including his Majesty the King’s personal barge, Suphannahongse. Built in 1911 to resemble a mythical swan, the boat is 46 meters long and was carved from a single tree. All the barges kept here are unique in their portrayal of incredible craftsmanship. Lunch is served.
  • Shortly after your lunch, Anantara Dream will pass the manmade island of Koh Kret in Nonthaburi Province which is populated by one of Thailand’s many ethnic minority groups, the Mon people, who use the river’s fine clay to produce earthenware pots. Then as we continue our journey, spend the afternoon relaxing on board, watching vivid snapshots of river life unfold. At tea time, a traditional English afternoon tea will be served. Sip on a selection of teas, accompanied by tea sandwiches, fruit and chocolate cakes, scones with whipped cream and jam, as well as delicious cookies and pastries.
  • At 4:30pm a quick stop at Wat Pathum Khong Ka to feed the fish which offers a simple way of gaining merit and good luck. This promotes the Buddhist cycle of life by feeding the fish so they in turn can produce life. Some of these carp fish are giants! Arrive at Wat Samakkiyaram in time to watch sunset and moor for the night.
  • Then, relax and freshen up in your private en-suite stateroom, before returning to the deck for aperitifs and Thai canapés. With Wat Niwet Thammaprawat as a dramatic backdrop, a traditional Thai dinner will be served, after which you can relax on deck with a glass of wine or nightcap before retiring to your stateroom for your first night on the river.
Day 2 : Ang Thong (B, L, D)
  • Enjoy your freshly prepared breakfast. And, depart from Wat Niwet Thammaprawat by limousine. Arrive at Ayutthaya and visit the local museum (Notes: Wednesday to Sunday: Chao Sam Phraya National Museum; Monday and Tuesday: The Ayutthaya Historical Study Centre).
  • Next, enjoy an elephant ride through the historical park. Along the way you may wish to buy a bag of fish or a cage of small birds for you to release back to nature in a local gesture of making merit.
  • Return to Wat Niwet Thammaprawat Pier by limousine. Mediterranean set lunch is served. Depart for Angthong province by limousine. Visit Baan Bang Phae in Ekaraj, the drum making village. Visit the famous temple Wat Phra Phuttha Saiyat Pa Mok (Wat Pa Mok).
  • Continue to depart from Wat Pa Mok to visit a Thai style house at Baan Bang Pa Han. Return to Wat Niwet Thammaprawat where you will rejoin Anantara Dream to relax and freshen up in your private en-suite stateroom.
  • Then, return to the deck for aperitifs and Asian inspired canapés. A traditional Thai dinner and a glass of champagne will be served on deck.
Day 3 : Ang Thong - Bangkok (B, L)
  • In the morning, enjoy your freshly prepared breakfast. Your personal guide will meet you at Anantara Dream and begin the tour of Wat Niwet Thammaprawat. From Wat Niwet Thammaprawat we will take a short walk to the Bang Pa in Summer Palace. The original palace was built by King Prasat Thong on the island and was used as a country residence for the later kings of the Ayutthaya period. However, after the capital moved to Bangkok, Bang Pa In was abandoned for 80 years to be revived by King Rama V, who commanded the construction of additional theatres, temples and monuments in a mixture of European, Chinese and Thai styles.
  • We will explore the palace grounds by electric carts, although the site can also be easily walked. Travel to Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre with a limousine transfer and guide to enjoy the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. Here you can see a variety of Thai houses in regional styles and discover how Thailand’s rural people make handicrafts such as fern basketry, silk flowers, hand woven silk and cotton, silk dyeing, wood carving, miniature hand modeled dolls and traditional furniture, which make it a great place to shop.
  • After a short guided tour, we will depart at around noon. Rejoin Anantara Dream at the Bang Sai Royal Folk Pier. Enjoy Thai cooking class with Chef. A light Thai set lunch will be served as we head back to Bangkok. At tea time, a traditional English afternoon tea is served. Sip on a selection of teas, accompanied by delicious cookies and pastries. Arrive at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa Pier at 16:30.

Price & Booking

Include

  • Full board accommodation, including meals, coffee, tea & drinking water.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Visits mentioned in the program.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Transportation from departure port to arrival port 

Exclude

  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Tours & meals other than those mentioned in the program.
  • Transfers from/to airport and hotels.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Gratuities for the crew.
  • Transfer from hotel to port and vice-versa
Remark
  • Cruise itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather and operating conditions. Unused services are not subject to a refund.
  • Meals on board are fusion: Vietnamese, Cambodian & international. Guests should advise of any special food preferences, allergies or dietary requirements at least three days prior to the cruise date.
  • Advance registration is required with full name, date of birth, nationality, gender, passport number and visa expiry date for all passengers. A valid passport is required upon check-in. Otherwise, boarding may be denied by port authority.
  • Surcharge on Christmas (24/12/) and New Year (31/12/) & on Lunar New Year 
Dream Stateroom Song Stateroom
  • Ornately designed and decorated with an elegance evoking old Siam, fully air-conditioned space. Antiques and woven Thai silks adorn the rooms, while freshly cut flowers create a naturally soothing ambience. Through porthole windows watch river life unfold outside.
  • Cabin size: 20-25 m2
  • Number of cabin: 2
  • Max: 4 adults
  • Experience a journey along the River of Kings in the comfort of Anantara Song’s four individual staterooms. These authentic rooms are fully-equipped with air conditioning.
  • Cabin size: 20-25 m2
  • Number of cabin: 4
  • Max: 2 adults
Features:
  • Private, two bedroom cruise
  • 17 meters in length
  • Air-conditioned staterooms with private en-suite bathrooms
  • Spacious upper deck with lounge and dining area
  • Sun deck
  • Fully provisioned galley
  • Private crew quarters and bathroom
  • Two engines for safety and maneuverability
  • Captain, Chief and Assistant Steward, Personal Chef and First Mate on board
  • Life jackets
  • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and a sumptuous evening meal
  • Full bar and kitchen on board
  • Ayutthaya Thousand Golden Temples Tour or Ang Thong Mystic River Tour
Features:
  • Shared cruise with four individual bedrooms
  • Departs Mondays and Thursdays
  • 19 meters in length
  • Air-conditioned staterooms with private en-suite bathrooms
  • Spacious upper deck with lounge and dining area
  • Sun deck
  • Fully provisioned galley
  • Private crew quarters and bathroom
  • Two engines for safety and maneuverability
  • Captain, Chief and Assistant Steward, Personal Chef and First Mate on board
  • Life jackets
  • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and a sumptuous evening meal
  • Ayutthaya Thousand Golden Temples Tour
Services & Facilities
General
  • 24-hour Security
  • Doctor on call
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Reception
  • Safety box at reception
  • Tender for sightseeing
  • Theme cruise
Services
  • Bar
  • Fresh flower
  • Laundry service
  • RestaurantDining Room & Bar
  • Spacious upper deck with lounge and dining area
  • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and a sumptuous evening meal
  • Full bar and kitchen on board
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Cooking classes
 

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