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Mekhala Cruise

Category: Mekong Delta Cruises

Duration: 2 days

Depart From: Bangkok Return To: Bangkok

Price from 156 $US

The Mekhala is a collection of three elegantly restored, beautifully crafted rice barges, best choice for cruise tours in Thailand.

The barges provide the setting for overnight journeys between Bangkok and Ayutthaya – retracing the paths of former royal processions. Your journey on the Mekhala starts in Bangkok and ends in Ayutthaya/Bang Pa-in Summer Palace, or vice versa.

There are only six rooms, promising you an unparalleled sense of intimacy and personalization as you cruise the river of the Kings. Optional tours such as a guided visit to the Summer Palace and to the Ancient City of Ayutthaya, as well as transfer options are available.

Our prices include a 1-night/2-day cruise onboard the Mekhala with a delicious Thai dinner, breakfast and snacks, water, tea and coffee with meals, accommodation based on sharing a double cabin with air-conditioning and private bathroom and the services of an experienced crew.

We can provide transfer, with additional cost, between Bangkok and Ayutthaya for guests who take the Mekhala cruise.

 

Mekhala 1:

6 double cabins. Length Over All (L.O.A.) 17.20 meters. Beam: 5.80 meters.

Draught: 1.80 meters. Powered by 2 x 140 hp diesel engines.

 

Mekhala 2:

6 double cabins. Length Over All (L.O.A.) 17.50 meter. Beam: 5.60 meters.

Draught: 2.00 meters. Powered by 2 x 265 hp diesel engines.

 

Mekhala 3:

8 double cabins. Length Over all (L.O.A.) 17.30 meters. Beam: 5.77 meters.

Draught: 1.90 meters. Powered by 2 x 110 hp diesel engines.

Upstream Cruise: Bangkok – Ayutthaya

An overnight cruise from Bangkok to Ayutthaya

 

Day 1 Bangkok

Your excursion starts as the boat casts off around 1:30 pm from Sathon pier, Bangkok, and heads up the Chao Phraya River, passing the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn. Along the way you’ll be able to observe 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 delicacies will be served on the deck. You will spend the night on board the boat, in your air-conditioned cabin.

 

 

Day 2 Bangkok - Ayutthaya

We start the day by cruising to the small village of Baan Saladang, an aged-old Mon community that 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 be served a delicious breakfast on board. Later in the morning, you will disembark at Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace, Ayutthaya.

 

 

 

 

Downstream Cruise: Ayutthaya – Bangkok

An overnight cruise from Ayutthaya to Bangkok

 

Day 1 Ayutthaya

The boat sets sail around 3 p.m. from the pier near Bang – Pa – In Palace, Ayutthaya. Now is the time to relax and enjoy watching the rural life along the “River of Kings”. You will stop for a visit at the small village of Baan Saladang, an aged-old Mon community which 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.

Soon after sunset, the MEKHALA will dock at Wat Kai Tia, a local Buddhist temple set in a tranquil village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai delicacies awaits you on the deck. You will spend the night on board the boat in your air-conditioned cabin.

 

Day 2 Ayutthaya - Bangkok

Today, we will leave the pier early for a visit to the morning market in Pathum Thani. You will observe the way of life of local people as they shop for food and fresh produce. Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious breakfast on board. The boat will continue cruising down the river to Bangkok. You will be able to take in the sights, marveling at the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn along the way.

You will arrive in Bangkok in the late morning.

Upstream Cruise with Private Tour in Ayutthaya

An overnight cruise from Bangkok to Ayutthaya with private tour in the world heritage site

 

Day 1 Bangkok

Your excursion starts as the MEKHALA casts off around 1.30 pm from Sathon pier, Bangkok, 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 Bangkok - Ayutthaya

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.

You will disembark nearby at approx. 09h30 at Bang Pa In Palace pier.

09h30 Meet with your guide, who will take you to the Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace. Built in the 17th century, this palace complex showcases a collection of different styles of buildings arranged amongst beautifully landscaped gardens with an inspiring water setting. The mansions reflect Chinese, Swiss, Khmer, Thai and European styles of architecture.

Continue by long tail boat to Ayuthaya city. Enjoy buffet lunch at Krungsri River Hotel. After lunch, visit the world heritage site in Ayuthaya, including Wat Maha Dhat, Wat Chai Wattanaram.

Return to Bangkok by car.

 

 

Downstream Cruise with Private Tour in Ayutthaya

An overnight cruise from Ayutthaya to Bangkok with private tour in the world heritage site

 

Day 1 Ayutthaya

07h00 Pick up from Hotel in Bangkok and meet with your guide. Depart for Ayuthaya which is about 1 hour drive from Bangkok. Arrive in Ayuthaya, visit to the World Heritage Site, including Wat Mahathat and Wat Chai Wattanaram. Lunch served at Krungsri River hotel.

​Continue the trip by long tail boat from Ayuthaya to Bang Pa In. Visit to the Bang Pa In Summer Palace and check in at the pier. The boat sets sail around 15h00 from the pier near Bang – Pa – In Palace.

Now is the time to relax and enjoy watching rural life along the “River of Kings”. You will stop for a visit at 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.

Soon after sunset, the MEKHALA will dock at Wat Kai Tia, a local Buddhist temple set in a tranquil village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of Thai cuisine awaits you on the deck. You will spend the night on board the boat in your air-conditioned cabin.

 

Day 2 Ayutthaya - Bangkok

Today, we will leave the pier early for a visit at a morning market in Pathum Thani. You will observe a way of life as local people shop for food and fresh produce. Afterwards, you can partake of a delicious breakfast.

​The boat will continue cruising down the river to Bangkok. You will be able to take in the sights, marveling at the magnificent Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn along the way. You will arrive in Bangkok about 11h00.

Upstream Cruise with Biking Tour in Ayutthaya

An overnight cruise from Bangkok to Ayutthaya with biking tour in the world heritage site

 

Day 1 Bangkok

Your excursion starts as the MEKHALA casts off around 1.30 pm from Sathon pier, Bangkok, 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 Bangkok - Ayutthaya

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 about 9:30 am, you will disembark at the pier of Wat Niwet Thama Prawat next to Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace.

Upon arriving at the pier, you will be greeted by your biking guide. After selecting the bicycle and a quick bike fitting, we start the tour by following the road in northern direction through idyllic villages along rice-paddies. Visit a local elementary school (if open) to interact with the children. Continue the ride and make a stop at Phaniat Royal Elephant Kraal. The closer we get to the old capital, the more temple ruins we see along the way.

We will have Thai lunch around noon at a riverside restaurant. After lunch, we enter the old capital and visit historic places such as Wat Mahathat and Wat Pra Sri Sanphet. Our guide will explain the history of Ayutthaya, its temples and kings. We continue with a short ride over a local market where typical local delicacies are baked, fried and sold. Not far from the market, we will make another stop at a big reclining Buddha, the biggest one in Ayuthaya, at Luang Phor Lokayasuttha.

​After that, continue biking to Wat Chai Wattanaram. Located on the river bank of the Chao Phraya River, this is a remarkable and beautiful temple. It was constructed in 1630 during the reign of the Ayutthaya King named Prasat Thong as a memorial of his mother’s residence in that area. After a short break at the temple, we continue our ride along the west bank of the Chao Praya River until we get back to Ayutthaya city. You will, then, be transferred to Bangkok, arriving around 6 pm.

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