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...

What to see when visiting Wat Arun

What to see when visiting Wat Arun
It is not surprising that Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn is an iconic riverside landmark of Bangkok. Bangkok residents travelling on commuter boats on the Chao Phraya river still admire it when the boat passes the temple. It is arguably the most  photographed temple in Thailand and one of the must-see places in Bangkok for foreign tourists. It is obvious that what draws most people to Wat Arun is its imposing spire tower that looks like it j...

Pak Khlong Talat: The Street Market of Flowers

Pak Khlong Talat: The Street Market of Flowers
Energetic, Hectic and Colorful! These are three words that may best describe Pak Khlong Talat, Bangkok's largest flower market. This vibrant riverside market excites visitors not only with a wide range of colors and smell but also the energy exuded from local vendors and buyers. The name 'Pak Khlong Talat', which means 'the market on the confluence of canals', is derived from its location where small canals and rivers meet.  Due to the de...

Wat Yannawa: A quirky temple on the Chao Phraya River

Wat Yannawa: A quirky temple on the Chao Phraya River
Sitting on the riverbank of the Chao Phraya river, Bangkok, Wat Yannawa is a Buddhist temple where our Mekhala pier is located. Coincidentally, it is probably a perfect place for guests to start or finish their overnight cruise on this historic river. At first, the temple may look like one of many riverside temples along the Chao Phraya. Indeed, it has a quirky characteristic that can’t be found at any temple in Thailand. Built in the 170...

The Boats on the Chao Phraya River

The Boats on the Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya has been a busy river since ancient time. There are a variety of boats that navigate the river in Bangkok. Private long tail boats are fast and available for river and canal tours in the capital. Public commuter boats run from dawn till dusk from Bangkok's central port (Klong Toei) to as far north as Nontaburi province on the outskirts of Bangkok. The journey takes over an hour. Smaller trips between other landings cost as little as...

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...