Mekhala Boat Renovation

Mekhala Boat Renovation
The Mekhala II has been renovated recently. She is now back on the water to take our guests on the Chao Phraya cruise from Bangkok to Ayutthaya. Other boats are in the process of renovation. They will be ready for service in two months. These are photos of the Mekhala I before she was released onto the river. It is a Thai tradition to give offerings to the Guardian Goddess of Boats before releasing the boat to the river. ...

Loi Krathong: A Night of Illumination and Romance on the Rivers

Loi Krathong: A Night of Illumination and Romance on the Rivers
Loi Krathong is one of the two biggest Thai festivals associated with water, the other being Songkran (Thailand’s New Year). It is an annual event held on the full moon night in late October or early November. Celebrated nationwide, this much-loved festival has been part of the Thai way of life for more than 800 years. There are different legends underlying this tradition in Thailand. The most popular belief about Loi Krathong is that it is a wa...

Bang Pa In Palace

Bang Pa In Palace
King Rama V (1853 – 1910) was a reformist and experienced traveller, who travelled extensively to India, Singapore and Java  before he turned 20.  So when he converted a derelict palace in Bang Pa In, Ayutthaya, to a summer palace, he did not seem to have a traditional palace complex in mind.  Instead, he restored and added new buildings inspired by different architectural styles from a Swiss chalet to a Khmer shrine. Originally built in the 17th century...

Wat Pho: Inside the Birthplace of Thai Massage

Wat Pho: Inside the Birthplace of Thai Massage
Along with the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is located in the Grand Palace, Wat Pho is one of most visited temples in Bangkok. It is here that the first school of Thai massage started in the Thai kingdom. This is but one of many things to see or learn about in this exquisite temple. First and foremost, Wat Pho is a ‘first class’ royal temple, which means it is under the King’s patronage. Located near the banks of the Chao Phraya Ri...

Museum of Siam: All You Want to Know About Thailand, past and present

Museum of Siam: All You Want to Know About Thailand, past and present
Located close to both the Chao Phraya river and Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), the Museum of Siam is not your typical museum of history, replete with a host of ancient artifacts from different eras. Its purpose is rather to tell a story about the origin of Thailand, particularly Thai people, and its evolution into the country we know now. Certainly, the museum does have an interesting collection of ancient artifacts but these ...

How to Take a boat tour on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok by Yourself

How to Take a boat tour on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok by Yourself
If you want to go shopping in Bangkok, you take the BTS elevated trains or the subway line. But if you want to see the city's old charms and main tourist attractions, the best way is by the boat. There are more than 30 piers along the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, covering tourist attractions and historical sites such as the Grand Palace, Temple of the Reclining Budda (Wat Pho), Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun), Pak Khlong Talad (the flower mar...

How to Travel from Bangkok to Mekhala Pier at the Bang Pa In Palace, Ayutthaya, and Vice Versa

How to Travel from Bangkok to Mekhala Pier at the Bang Pa In Palace, Ayutthaya, and Vice Versa
Bangkok to Ayutthaya Guests who travel on Mekhala's downstream cruise (Ayutthaya to Bangkok) will board our boat at the pier near Bang Pa In palace in Ayutthaya province. There are two choices for public transportation, either by road or train, to get to the pier from Bangkok. By Road: Ayutthaya is only 80 kilometers from Bangkok. It is, thus, easy to catch a bus from the capital's North and Northeastern Bus Terminal, also known as Morchit (ส...

Mekhala Cruise Featured in Life Style Magazine

Mekhala Cruise Featured in Life Style Magazine
The latest issue of Chanintr Living magazine (Spring 2013) is packed with interesting stories about a beautiful place for your afternoon tea, a charming local joint serving local Thai noodle soups and where to find chic and glamourous furniture. It also features an article about a unique metal castle in Bangkok and how you can enjoy your evening cruising the Chao Phraya on our elegant Mekhala boat. Click the photo below to view the magazine. ...

The Porcelain Adorned Shrine of Wat Arun

The Porcelain Adorned Shrine of Wat Arun
One of the must-see sites in Bangkok is the Temple of Dawns or locally known as Wat Arun. Although it is one of Bangkok’s most popular tourist attractions, it is always worth a visit. Located on the riverbank of the Chaophraya River, it is a first rated royal temple that has existed for more than 240 years. It is renowned for its prominent shape and “ancient” look of the porcelain-adorn religious tower (stupa), making it the most impressive among ...

Multicultural Trace Along the Chao Phraya River

Multicultural Trace Along the Chao Phraya River
Thailand’s multicultural roots can be traced back to the beginning of the Ayutthaya era (14th - 17th century) when the Thai kingdom welcomed European and Asian traders from powerful countries such as India, China, Holland, Portugal, Japan and England. Many of the traders settled in Thailand, marrying local people and ultimately calling the country their home. There are remnants of their settlements along the Chao Phraya River from Ayutthaya to Bangkok....