Overnight River Cruise on the Chao Phraya River (Bangkok - Koh Kret Island)

River Cruise
12 Guests

About This Tour

There is no better way to witness the traditional way of life of Thais than by cruising along the legendary Chao Phraya River (River of Kings). During the course of a two-day cruise on the Mekhala, you will travel back in time as you view the rich history of Thailand. 

Offering an overnight river cruise on the Chao Phraya River, the Mekhala is a collection of three elegantly restored, beautifully crafted rice barges. The barges provide the setting for overnight journeys – retracing the paths of former royal processions. Your journey on the Mekhala starts in Bangkok, where you will cruise upstream to Nontaburi province. Visit a local market and an old village famous for pottery making and traditional Thai dessert along the way. 

There are 6 cabins, promising you an unparalleled sense of intimacy. The cabins come with air-conditioning and private bathroom.


Day One:   Bangkok – Pathumthani                      
13.00 hr.     Depart from the Oriental pier near the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Bangkok and cruise up north along the Chao Praya River passing various Bangkok’s riverside landmarks. 

17.30 hr.     Stop at Pathumthani fresh market to explore a way of life of local people.

18.00 hr.     Continue to Wat Kai Tia

18.30 hr.     Arrive at Wat Kai Tia, a riverside Buddhist temple, for overnight stop.

19.30 hr.     Dinner and overnight onboard the Mekhala

Day Two:  Pathumthani – Koh Kret – Bangkok     
06.00 hr.    In the early morning, alms offering to the monks at Wat Kai Tia.

08.00 hr.   Enjoy breakfast while cruising back to Bangkok.

10.00 hr.   Arrive at Ko Kret Island. Explore the history of ethnic Mon community and witness its unique culture and craftsmanship of clay pottery. Take part in a pottery making class with local artisan. You can buy some local sweets to eat on board. Return to the boat for lunch. Continue cruising to Wat Chalermprakiat to visit a royal temple built in the early 19th century and located on the riverside.

16.00 hr.   Arrive at the Oriental pier in Bangkok


  • 2 day cruise with stops and visits as mentioned in the program
  • 1 night accommodation in air-conditioned cabin
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • Services of qualified crew
  • Group travel insurance


Please note that we require at least 2 persons traveling together to operate the cruise. The price showed here is for 2 persons, sharing a cabin.  

The Mekhala Rice Barges are also available for charter for 

  • Dinner cruises
  • Day cruise
  • Company outing
  • Small wedding reception
  • Honeymoon cruise


  • Type: River Cruise
  • Capacity: 12 People
  • Rental Minimum: 3 hours
  • Cancellation: 75% Refund 7 Days Prior


  • Life jackets/required safety gear
  • Air Conditioning

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