See Bangkok from a Teak Wooden Barge

See Bangkok
from a Teak Wooden Barge

Experience the ‘Venice of the East’ on board an open-air cruise along Thailand’s ‘River of Kings’
and its canals that run through the city. Step on board a restored teak rice barge
and enjoy a delicious arrangement of tropical fruits while cruising.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Bangkok is Asia’s most cosmopolitan city and has attractions to stimulate even the most travelled visitors. Created as the Thai capital in 1782 by the first monarch of the present Chakri dynasty, Bangkok is a national treasure house and Thailand’s spiritual, cultural, political, commercial, educational and diplomatic centre. More than anywhere else in the country, Bangkok expresses Thailand’s uncanny ability to blend the old with the new.

This blend of the past and the present is best preserved on board a converted wooden rice barge, the symbol of transporting good across it waterways. An afternoon of relaxation and seeing the City of Angels pass you by from the meandering aorta that is called Chao Phraya.

TRAIL ITINERARY

See Bangkok from a Teak Wooden Barge

13:30 - 17:30

Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel at around 1:30 pm and we head to the main pier along the River of Kings, the Chao Phraya River. This exciting tour gets off to a speedy start with a thrilling boat ride through the canals that lead out of Bangkok to idyllic rural settings. We will observe the scenery and witness the simple life of the friendly canal-side dwellers.

We then board a converted rice barge for a cruise along the Chao Phraya River, which is known as the “River of Kings”. Whilst cruising, you will enjoy cold drinks, tropical Thai fruits and desserts, and assortment of nuts and drinks while you take in amazing views of the city, historical sites and landmarks along the river. You will see gleaming five-star hotels and ramshackle wooden homes propped-up on the water’s edge and cross-river ferries, long-tailed boats and trains of massive barges pulled by tugboats a fraction of their size ply their trade across this frenetic waterway.

An English-speaking guide on board will point out all the famous landmarks such as the Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun), the Grand Palace and the Royal Barge Museum, various luxury accommodation and see the skyline of the capital from the comfort of the barge’s deck. The river is teeming with boats of all shapes and sizes and this trip highlights the importance of the river as Bangkok’s lifeblood.

After this relaxing cruise, transfer back to your hotel in downtown Bangkok, where you will arrive at approximately 5:30 pm

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half day tour with a professional English-speaking guide on board. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Fresh fruit and refreshments during the tour

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated both on private basis as well as on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis with English speaking guide.
  • For customers who book the private basis, a private guide will accompany the customers yet will join other guests during the actual cruising.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Bangkok areas and restricted to main hotels only.
  • Regions outside the central business district such as Khao San Road, Rattanakosin, Nonthaburi, Thonburi, Minburi, both International Airports, Ratchadapisek and upper Sukhumvit (Soi 55 and further) are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • We regret that are unable to provide pick-up and drop-off transfer services from and to apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. We advise you kindly to head on your own arrangement to the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area.
  • We are unable to communicate with you with accurate participation numbers, as these may change until the very last moment.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Sand and water have a destructive effect on electronic equipment. It the customer’s own responsibility to ensure that any camera, mobile telephone or other device is properly wrapped and protected against these elements. We cannot be held responsible in any way for negligence and/or not following suggestions for any damage related to this.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 48 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.
  • The actual trip commences from Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River from 2:30 pm and takes approximately 2 hours. This tour is operated only in the afternoon

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