Cruising the Venice of the East

With the launch of Anantara Cruises, there’s now a way to see a side of Bangkok very few people get a chance to experience.

It includes a cruise around Bangkok’s intricate network of waterways, canals and rivers aboard a restored 100-year-old rice barge offering five-star luxury and amenities.

You’ll be able to see locals living on the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, creating vivid snapshots of a bygone age in between glittering temples like the Temple of Dawn, landmarks like the Grand Palace and the Royal Bargees Boathouse, striking bridges and building that reflect the city’s evolution over the past two decades.

Two of the century-old barges – Anantara Song and Anantara Dream – have been painstakingly rebuilt from teak and restored to add to the lure of a real Thai adventure.

Guests can join the two-night, three-day Ayutthaya Adventure, accommodating up to hour couples on the Anantara Song or reserve it for private charter.

The 20-metre ultra deluxe river boat, dubbed the Orient Express of the River, blends warm teak, padua and mahogany to complement the custom-made furniture covered with Thai silks and cottons. Oriental rugs were chosen alongside Thai and Southeast Asian art, sculptures and artefacts. Many accessories were sourced from artisans along Thailand’s rivers and canals and even remote rural areas.

Both barges were renovated to provide privacy and comfort. Separate crew quarters give guests the feeling that they have the boat to themselves. Guests reside in air-conditioned staterooms filled with five-star luxuries.

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served on the upper deck, which has been built into an expansive lounge and dining area with a full bar.

Guests can choose between two tours – Ayutthaya Thousand Golden Temples Tour and the Ang Thong Mystic River Tour.

Anantara Dream voyages also offer luxury discovery experiences such as a private cooking class; an onboard yoga retreat; a Thai wine-tasting class; a self-guided walking tour at various points along the way; even learning the art of sailing the old river barge on the “river of kings” from the captain.

How much?

BHT 69,000 net per cabin in the case of the Anantara Song for the two-night, three day package. Or BHT 230,000 for private charters.

Anantara Dream is available for private charters only – BHT 200,000 net for 1-4 passengers for the two-day, three-night package.

For further information: bangkokcruises@anantara.com or               www.bangkok-cruises.anantara.com

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