Mekhala Cruise Downstream
For centuries, The River of Kings has been the lifeblood of Thailand, carrying with it the history and culture of this proud nation. Flowing down from the fertile central plains for almost 400 kilometres, this birthplace of Thai civilization connects the ancient Siamese capital Ayuthaya with the modern capital Bangkok, where it remains an essential artery in the region's economic life.
Beautifully crafted, Mekhala is a collection of three restored rice barges that provide the setting for daily journeys between Bangkok and Ayuthaya, retracing the paths of former royal processions. Their journey is a fascinating insight into how life on the river has changed over this time.
The magic of this voyage is its unhurried pace that captures the subtle colours and moods of life on the river over a 24-hour period. A couple of hours into the journey, the bustle of the city is replaced by the tranquillity of the countryside.
Along densely wooded river banks, tin and timber homes nestle in the hyacinth-clogged shallows housing families whose lives are still bound by the ancient waterway.
Day 1: AYUTHAYA - MEKHALA (D)
Start cruising downstream from the pier near Bang - Pa - In Palace, captivating the spectacular views of rural life along the "River of Kings". Just after the sunset, the MEKHALA docks at Wat Kai Tia, a Thai temple set in a tranquil rural village. An exquisite candlelit dinner of mouth-watering Thai cuisine is served on the deck.Overnight on board in your air-conditioned cabin.
Day 2: MEKHALA - BANGKOK (B)
An option for alms offering to monk can be made prior to a delicious breakfast on board, cruise down the river to Bangkok, passing spectacular views of the Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn. Arrive Bangkok in the late morning.
· 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.
· Services of a qualified crews.
· Group Insurance.
· 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.