Mekhala Cruise on the River of Kings


Introduction: Mekhala Cruise consists of three truly beautiful converted rice barges offering an elegant, private way of experiencing the Chao Praya River between Bangkok and the historic city of Ayutthaya, through the 17th century Bang Pa-In Royal Palace.

Departure all days of the week
Round trip / package tour

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Cruise between Bangkok and Ayutthaya – Mekhala Cruise

The longest river in Thailand, Chao Phraya River has been a lifeline of Thai people for centuries. It is where Thai people trade, commute and form many traditions. It originates in the north and runs to the sea through Ayutthaya and Bangkok. The river is always lively with boats and vibrant riverside communities. During this tour, you will witness lives along the river and gain unique insights into the culture of Mon people on Koh Kret island, a dominant tribe of central Thailand between the 6th and 10th centuries AD. Today, Koh Kret is well known for its rural atmosphere, distinctive earthenware and delicious Thai sweets.

Day One: Bangkok – Pathumthani (D)

13.00 hr. Depart from the boat pier in Bangkok and cruise up north along Chao Praya River passing various Bangkok’s city riverside landmarks.
17.30 hr. Stop at Pathumthani local market to explore the local lifestyle of the people.
18.00 hr. Continue to Wat Kai Tia
18.30 hr. Arrive at Wat Kai Tia for overnight stop.
19.30 hr. Dinner and overnight onboard Mekhala Cruise

Day Two: Pathumthani – Nonthaburi – Bangkok (B/L)
Option I
06.00 hr. In the early morning, alms offering to the monks at Wat Kai Tia before having breakfast while the Mekhala start cruising back to Bangkok.
06.30 hr. Mekhala cruise downstream to Ko Kred while breakfast is serving on board during the cruise.
10.00 hr. Arrive at Ko Kred. Disembark at Ko Kred to explore the local Mon community and witness its unique culture and handicraft making. Refreshing with herbal drink and local snacks with local host on Koh Kret before returning to Mekhala for lunch.
13.00 hr. Back on board Mekhala for lunch while the barge cruise around the island and continue the journey to Bangkok.
16.00 hr. Arrive at the boat pier in Bangkok
End of the program


6 or 9 double cabins with air conditioning and own private shower and toilet.


Meals are served on board.


Sundeck, mini library, board games, radio etc.

Useful information:

  • The boat can be hired privately
  • 1 dinner and 1 breakfast are included in the price
  • Remember mosquito repellent and personal medication
  • Bring swimwear and hat/cap
  • Bring flashlight and batteries
  • Bring towel, toiletries and waterproof sunscreen
  • Bring camera Equipment and possibly waterproof bags
  • Bring money (remember it is typical to tip the guides after the trip)
  • Transfer to the meeting point is not included in the price but can be arranged for an extra fee
  • The Cruise departure requires minimum of 2 persons to operate (for join-in only)
  • Child Rate is applicable for child ages between 2-12 years. Child under 2 years old is free of charge. Child must be accompanied by 2 adults for child rate to apply.

Not included in the price:

    • International flights
    • Beverages
    • Tips for driver and guide (we recommend min. 200-300 THB per person for both guide and driver)
    • Personal expenses such as laundry, souvenirs, beverages, camera/video fees, ect.
    • Any services not listed in the program

JOIN-IN RATE PER PERSON Period Per person Child sharing cabin w/adlt
Dbl. Cabin Nov 1 2017 – Oct 31 2019 14800 THB 11100 THB
Sgl. Cabin Nov 1 2017 – Oct 31 2019 16100 THB

Transfer prices with local guide

Transfer between 1-2 persons (car) 1-7 persons (van)
Bangkok Hotel – Wat Yannawa Pier or opposite 1750 1750
Wat Yannawa Pier to Suvarnabhumi or opposite 1750 1750
Ayutthaya (Bang Pa In) – Hotel in Bangkok or opposite 4050 4050
Ayutthaya (Bang Pa In) – Suvarnabhumi or opposite 4050 4050

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