Rice Barge Trip From Bangkok to Ayutthaya

There is no finer way to view the captivating way of life that exists on Thailand’s “River of Kings”. In a simple one-day river trip on the rice barge, you can absorb centuries of Thailand’s history and culture.

Day 1:

Your excursion starts as the MEKHALA casts off around 13:30 and heads up the Chao Phraya River, passing the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn and observing the way of rural life along the river.

Arriving at Pathum Thani in the afternoon, you will visit a fresh market where local people shop for food, fresh produce and a variety of Thai sweets.

At sunset, the MEKHALA will dock at Wat Kai Tia, a Buddhist temple located in a tranquil rural village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai cuisine will be served on the deck. You will spend the night on board the boat, in your air-conditioned cabin.

Day 2:

We start the day by cruising to a small village of Baan Saladang, an aged-old Mon community who 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.

Afterwards, you can partake of a delicious breakfast. Later in the morning, you will disembark at the pier next to Bang Pa In Summer Palace at approximately 09:30

Package Price

2 Days / 1 Night

THB 29,990 for 2 people

Package Includes

About the Rice Barges

Each twenty meter long rice barge is constructed from huge teak planks, the hundred year-old work horses have been transformed into elegant floating hotels.

With capacities of 6 air-conditioned double bed cabins with private western style bathrooms.

In addition the Rice Barges feature:

  • Modern safety equipment and lifejackets
  • Thai style designs with western comforts
  • A deck for sunbathing or lounging
  • Audio entertainment, a library, a host of indoor games and a telephone
  • A fully-stocked bar

Terms and Conditions

The maximum occupancy is 2 individuals per cabin.
Alcohol beverages are excluded and will be billed on consumption basis.

Life on the Chaophraya River

Before roads were built to link Bangkok with Ayutthaya, Thailand’s former capital, Thai people preferred to build their homes along the Chao Phraya River. The river, which originates in the north and runs through Ayutthaya and Bangkok, was once the main channel of transportation. During this period, the riverside communities flourished and the river was always busy with boats.

Offering a Chao Phraya river cruise between Bangkok and Ayutthaya, the Mekhala is a collection of two elegantly restored, beautifully crafted rice barges. The barges provide the setting for an overnight relaxing river cruise between Bangkok and the UNESCO world heritage city of Ayutthaya. The cruise gives you an opportunity to revisit the ‘old Siam’ and see a charming way of life of local people along the Chao Phraya River.

Mekhala boat has only six cabins, promising you an unparalleled sense of intimacy and personalization as you cruise the river of the Kings. Each cabin is equipped with amenities and has an en-suite bathroom.