There is no finer way to view the captivating way of life that exists on Thailand’s “River of Kings”. In a simple one-day river trip on the Mekhala, you can absorb centuries of Thailand’s history and culture.
PROGRAM UPSTREAM (BANGKOK- AYUTTHAYA) Departure at 13:30 hrs.
DAY (1): BANGKOK – MEKHALA (D)
Your excursion starts as the MEKHALA casts off around 13:30 hrs. and heads up the Chao Phraya River, passing the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn and observing the way of rural life along the river. Arriving at Pathum Thani in the afternoon, you will visit a fresh market where local people shop for food, fresh produce and a variety of Thai sweets. At sunset, the MEKHALA will dock at Wat Kai Tia, a Buddhist temple located in a tranquil rural village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai cuisine will be served on the deck. You will spend the night on board the boat, in your air- conditioned cabin.
DAY (2): MEKHALA – AYUTTHAYA (B)
We start the day by cruising to a small village of Baan Saladang, an aged-old Mon community who migrated from Burma to this area in the early 19th century. The villagers here have successfully maintained their traditional life style, customs and natural surroundings. You will also see a collection of well-preserved typical Thai houses in this charming village. Afterward, you can partake of a delicious breakfast. Later in the morning, you will disembark and travel to Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace. Built in the 17th century, This palace complex showcases a collection of different styles of buildings arranged amongst beautifully landscaped gardens with an inspiring water setting. The mansions reflect Chinese, Swiss, Khmer, Thai and European styles of architecture. You will disembark nearby at approx. 10:00 hrs.