Mekhala river cruise, Thailand

DEPARTURES: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Price: March 2016 – 9,800 Baht/person

April – October 2016 – 7,850 Baht/person
(minimum of 2 persons traveling together)



Day One: Bangkok – Ayutthaya

06:15-07:30 a.m. – You will be picked up at the meeting point in Bangkok’s city center. Please note that this tour is a group tour that you will travel with other tourists in the same vehicle.

07:30 a.m. – When the group is ready, we will head north to Ayutthaya, the former capital of the Siam Kingdom, renowned for past relics and ancient temple ruins. 09:00 a.m. – Arrive in Ayutthaya and visit Wat Phu Khao Thong. This is an old Buddhist temple built around the late 14th century. It is knwonfor a big white-grey spire monument with an amazing Mon-style chedi.

09:30 a.m. – Continue to Ayutthaya Historical Park, which is also a world heritage site, to visit the famous Wat Phra Sri Sanphet, one of the most important historical sites during Ayothaya Period. It was the former royal temple, lying inside the grand palace compound. Then, walk to the Viharn Phra Mongkolbopit, a beautifully decorated shrine that houses a large bronze cast Buddha statue. The stupa is highly revered by Thai Buddhists nationwide. It was originallly enshrined in the open area and later covered by a building in the early 17th century during reign of King Songtham.

12:00 – Enjoy Thai Lunch at a local restaurant

13:00 – You will visit Wat Lokaya Sutha. It was once one of the biggest temples in Ayutthaya kingdom. The evidence is a large reclining Buddha (8 meters high and 42 meters long) lying in an open field. After this tour, you will travel to the pier at Wat Niwet Thammaprawat to start the Mekhala cruise on the Chao Phraya river. The boat sets sail around 2:30 p.m. Now is the time to relax and enjoy watching the rural life along the “River of Kings”. You will stop for a visit at the small village of Baan Saladang, an aged-old Mon community which migrated from Burma to this area in the early 19th century. The villagers here have successfully maintained their traditional life style, customs and natural surroundings. You will also see a collection of well-preserved typical Thai houses in this charming village. Soon after sunset, the MEKHALA will dock at Wat Kai Tia, a local Buddhist temple set in a tranquil village.

An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai delicacies awaits you on the deck. You will spend the night on board the boat in your air-conditioned cabin.


Today, we will leave the pier early for a visit to the morning market in Pathum Thani. You will observe the way of life of local people as they shop for food and fresh produce. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast on board. The boat will continue cruising down the river to Bangkok. You will be able to take in the sights, marveling at the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn along the way. You will arrive in Bangkok in the late morning. Price includes:

  • Transfer and tours in Ayutthaya (join-in basis)
  • 1 night accommodation in a cabin in the Mekhala boat
  • Cruise and meals as mentioned in the program


  • The tour in Ayutthaya, including a transfer from the hotel, is a group tour that you will travel with other tourists in the same vehicle.
  • The price is based on two persons travelling together.
  • A child under 12 traveling together with 2 paying adults pays only 6,240 Baht (April – October) and 7,700 Baht (November – March)
  • An additional fee of 1,400 Baht/1 suitcase applies to guests who travel with big suitcases.

Meeting point for the Ayutthaya tour
Silom Area: 
Novotel Fenix Silom 07:30 am
Sukhumvit Area: The Landmark Bangkok Hotel at 07:30 am
Ploenchit Area:  Novotel Ploenchit at 07:30 am
** Please wait in the lobby of the hotels 15 minutes in advance

Boat schedule 2016 (Downstream: Ayutthaya – Bangkok)

1 Nov 2015 – 29 Feb 2016 – Depart every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
March, April, July, August and October 2016 – Depart every Wednesday and Friday
Departure Dates for 1 May – 30 June and 1 – 30 September 2016

  • Wed 07 Sept and Wed 21 Sept