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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Bangkok Dinner Cruise

Bangkok - Dinner Cruise along Chao Phraya River
It is truly a magnificent sight and the unforgettable memories lasts a life time.

I’ve done this River Side dinner cruise. It’s really great. If you’re so sophisticated and above doing anything that might resemble being a tourist, well maybe not. But if you’re up for really great food and the best views of the city, at prices even the most modest traveler can afford, it’s well worth it.

The Chao Phraya River, though not an impressive sight during the day, becomes this magical waterway lined with some of the most incredible ancient structures that are lit up with lights, thus providing a breathtaking view that differs from what you can see from land during daylight.

The journey begins from River Side Hotel at 8pm and heads to Rama 9 Bridge. Throughout the journey, expect beautiful sights from Krung Thon Bridge, the magnificent Rama 8 Bridge, Phra Sumen Fort, Pinklao Bridge, Grand Palace, Wat Arun Rajwararam pagoda, Sathorn Bridge and Rama 9 Bridge.

The cruise then makes a round about and arrives back to hotel at 10:30pm.

There are approximately 8 dinner cruises targeting at tourists and their price starts from 1700 Baht. Want to join the rest of the tourists on a dinner cruise, go ahead and take the famous Dinner Cruise by Chao Phraya Cruises, which comes with International Buffet.

I recommend the River Side Hotel Dinner Cruise which is frequented by the Thai. 
Price: 120 Baht Admission Fee + Ala Carte Dinner.

The two-decked cruise, lower deck being air conditioned with live thai band and upper deck having an alfresco setting. Food offered here is ala carte style serving Thai, Chinese and European dishes

Getting There:
Do note that you have to make a reservation beforehand with your choice of upper or lower deck.

Arrive early at around 7pm as the cruise will depart at 8pm. The cons of this cruise is that the hotel is not located at a central location and make taxi drivers are unsure of the location. Hence, leave your hotel early or call them to arrange for a pickup.

Price: 120 Baht Admission Fee + Ala Carte Dinner

If you are near an express boat pier, taking the orange flag express boat to the Krung Thon Bridge pier, pier #16, will get you within a short walk of Riverside Bangkok. Heading back downtown will require a taxi. The express boats will have stopped service.
River Side Hotel Dinner Cruise
195 Ratwiti Road
Bangkok, Thailand
+66 (0) 2883 1588

Opening Hours
Ala Carte Daily: 2000 – 2230
International Buffet Daily: 1930 – 2130

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