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About this Experience

The best way to witness the traditional way of life of Thai is cruising along the legendary Chao Phraya River (River of Kings). During the course of this two-day cruise on the Mekhala, you will travel back in time as you learn about the rich history of Thailand. You will also have the opportunity to cruise past the magnificent Grand Palace and walk around the fresh produce market where local people shop for their groceries. Enjoy your visiting of an age-old Mon community that migrated from Burma to Thailand in the early 19th century. Mekhala offers you a combination with an eye for both modern comforts and the traditional Thai lifestyle to ensure that your stay is relaxing and comfortable.
  • Observe the rural way of life along the river
  • See the wonderful Grand Palace from Cha Phraya River
  • Explore fresh market where local people shop for fresh products and a wide variety of Thai desserts
  • Enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner of delicacies Thai food
  • Visit the Mon community and learn about their traditional lifestyle

Preserving and working with the communities

Mekhala cruise experiences are on traditional rice barges. Our partner work with local communities to preserve these vessels since they are diminishing from our waterways. The teak barges,Mekhala, are operated by people from communities living along the Chao Phraya River. This tour operator supports an ethnic Mon minority community that moved from Burma to Bangkok more than a century ago. This small riverside community won awards for maintaining their traditions and practicing green activities within their village.

Your Itinerary


BANGKOK - MEKHALA Your excursion starts as the boat casts off around 1:30 pm 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 candlelight 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.


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 will be served a delicious breakfast on board. Later in the morning, you will disembark at Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace at approximately 9.30 a.m. This is the end of service from Mekhala but you still have the option to explore Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace.

Package Detail


  • 2 days cruise with stops and visits as mentioned in the program
  • 1 night accommodation on board in double berth air-conditioned cabin
  • Meal plan as mentioned (1 dinner - 1 breakfast)
  • Coffee, Tea & Water on board and during breakfast
  • Coffee, Tea, Water & Soft drink during dinner
  • Group Insurance
  • Services of a qualified crew


  • Guide, land services and transportation in Bangkok & Ayuthaya
  • An option for alms offering to monk
  • Other drinks and meals not mentioned in package
  • Other personal expenses

Logistical Information

Starting Point

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Ending Point

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What to Expect

Stay with Host Family
Private Room
Private Bathroom
Electricity 24/7
Body Hygiene Kit
Heated Water
Air Conditioning
Seated Toilet
Wireless Internet
Cell Signal
Wheelchair Accessible
Parking on Premise
Safe Deposit Box
Laundry Service

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