Yodpiman Pier: A River Walk to the Flower Market

Yodpiman Pier: A River Walk to the Flower Market
Visiting Pak Klong Talat, Bangkok's biggest flower market, is now more convenient and fun. You can take the Chao Phraya Express boat, get off at Pak Klong Talat Pier, explore the flower and vegetable market and enjoy a cup of coffee and delicious cake in a riverside cafe with a view of the city's historical sites. Known as the biggest flower market in Bangkok, Pak Klong Talat has been been serving local people since the 18th century. It sat in the a...

Tha Maharaj Pier: A Bustling Riverside Community Mall on the Chao Phraya

Tha Maharaj Pier: A Bustling Riverside Community Mall on the Chao Phraya
Most of Bangkok’s historic sites such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho are located along the Chao Phraya River. So traveling on commuter boats to visit these places becomes one of the most popular activities among tourists. However, after a long walking tour, it is hard to find a place where you can sit, relax and sip a cup of coffee while watching the hustle and bustle of the river. Wait no more! You can do all of these things and more at Tha Maharaj P...

Quirky Things You Will See During the Mekhala Cruise

Quirky Things You Will See During the Mekhala Cruise
Having been a life line of Thais for centuries, the Chao Phraya is still lively with fascinating places to see during the course of your journey from Bangkok to Autthaya. Besides the Grand Palace, the iconic stupa of Wat Arun and peaceful scenes of lives along the river, there are some oddities and offbeat things you will see or even try during the Mekhala cruise. 1. Boat Chedi at Wat Yannawa If you start the Mekhala cruise from Bangkok, this is the fi

Getting to Mekhala Pier from BTS Skytrain

Getting to Mekhala Pier from BTS Skytrain
The Bangkok Mass Transit System, widely known as the BTS or the Skytrain, is an elevated transit system that connects main business and major tourist areas in Bangkok. The system consists of 34 stations along two lines: the Sukhumvit Line running northwards and eastwards, terminating at Mo Chit and Bearing respectively, and the Silom Line which run through Silom roads, the Central Business District of Bangkok, terminating at the National Stadium and Bangwa

Weeds on the River: How Thais Turn Invasive Plants to Good Use

Weeds on the River: How Thais Turn Invasive Plants to Good Use
Often our guests on the Mekhala cruise are curious about the numerous patches of water plant floating in the Chao Phraya River and wonder what its impact is on the river’s ecosystem. The plant is actually water hyacinth.  It is native to South America and was introduced into Thailand from Indonesia in 1901, during the reign of King Rama V. The story goes that a palace official was impressed by the plant’s beautiful flowers and brought it back to Tha

Tastes of Thailand: Thai Roti

Tastes of Thailand: Thai Roti
The Sweet roti Generally, Thais call most kinds of Indian flat bread as roti. Some are savoury and some are sweets. The sweet roti is a popular street snack you can find anywhere in Thailand. It is made of wheat flour dough fried on a flat pan. The classic one is drizzled with condensed milk and sugar. It's eaten as a hot snack. This type of roti comes in different varieties such as crispy roti and soft roti with different stuffing (e.g. banana, chocola...

Shopping for Good Cause at the Grand Palace

Shopping for Good Cause at the Grand Palace
Thousands of tourists flock to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace every day. With exquisite Thai architecture, it's one of the most visited tourist attractions in Bangkok, and perhaps Thailand too. It's hard for anyone who comes to Thailand as a tourist to miss a visit at this landmark. Indeed, the place also has a little gem that only a few people know about. It's a great place to showcase and sell traditional Thai handicraft pr...

Finding Cheap, Delicious Thai Food in Bangkok

Finding Cheap, Delicious Thai Food in Bangkok
Most tourists who have enjoyed Thai food in their home countries are eager to try local dishes when they are on holiday in Thailand. Eating in a local restaurant can give you a real taste of Thai fare. If you visit Bangkok and want to go to a good Thai restaurant that does not modify their recipes to please tourists and is popular and affordable to most Bangkokians with average income, here are a few rules that locals observe when finding a place t...

Boat and Bike: Bangkok to Ayutthaya

Boat and Bike: Bangkok to Ayutthaya
This boat and bike holiday combines a pleasant cycling tour with a relaxing stay on a charming barge.  Admire the traditional and the cosmopolitan sides of Bangkok from the deck of the Mekhala. Cycle along waterside roads and rural villages, touring the historic city of Ayutthaya, Thailand's old capital and a UNESCO world heritage site, and sleeping on a converted rice barge. During the cruise on the Chao Phraya River, you will  visit a riversi...