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The enchanting Mekhala join in cruise

Mekhala: The Legendary River Cruise

For over 700 years, the kingdom of Thailand has been a water- borne culture and even now the Chao Praya river is still the nation's main communication artery.  A cruise on the Mekhala is the ideal start to a journey that could lead to a trip to Chiang Mai, the River Kwai or the Khmer Temples of Korat.


As the Mekhala idles its way up to Ayuthaya, a wondrous array of folklore and river life unfolds along its banks.  Imposing skyscrapers and classic monuments soon give way to a gentle rural pace.  Houses on stilts echo with the laughter of children playing at the water' s edge; women bathe in traditional sarongs while the men-folk fish lazily from sampans.


Travellers from the west have often described Ayuthaya as the most beautiful city in the Orient.  Indeed it must have been a truly breathtaking 'Venice of the East' with its 400 temples mingling across 60 kilometers of waterways, their chedis forming a magical forest in the sky.

A magical cruise along the Chao Phraya river, welcome aboard the legendary Mekhala for an enchanting journey along the magnificent Chao Phraya River.  Once a rice barge, the Mekhala is now a floating boutique hotel.  There is no better way to sample the leisurely life along the 'River of Kings'.  Just one day' s journey can transport you back through hundreds of years of Siamese culture and history.

Your Itinerary
Day 1: Depart Bangkok 15.00hrs
The Mekhala sets off up Chao Praya river.  Enjoy the splendor of the river view and watch Bangkok' s most famous landmarks sail by.  At dusk, dock for an overnight stay at Wat Kai Tia.  Enjoy a superb candlelit Thai cuisine dinner on deck.  Spend a relaxed evening playing indoor games or sharing a drink under the stars.
Day 2: Return Bangkok 18.00hrs
Enjoy your delicious breakfast will be served on board.  Late morning disembark at Bang- Pa - In for a guided tour of the Summer Palace.  Then all aboard an exhilarating long-tail boat ride to the ancient city of Ayuthaya.  After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the idyllic ruins of the once glorious capital destroyed by Burmese.  Return to Bangkok and the twentieth century by air- conditioned minibus.

Itinerary Map

Mekhala Layout

Enjoy the comfort of your Thai style double cabin

Our Mekhala fleet consists of three boats with total capacity of 19 cabins housing 38 passengers.  Respectively they have four, six and nine immaculately appointed, fully air- conditioned double berth cabins with private bathrooms.  In addition they feature:

  • Thai style designs with western comforts.
  • A deck for sunbathing.
  • A cozy, covered corner bar.
  • Audio entertainment, a library, a host of indoor games and a telephone.


***Remark: Children Rate - Child under 12 years shared a twin room with their parents and Infants (less than 2 years old) are free of charge


Area / Duration

2 Day / 1 Night Cruise on The Chao Praya River
Price per person in THB
01 Nov - 30 Apr 01 May - 31 Oct
twin shared acc single private acc CHD twin shared acc single private acc CHD
10,870 13,180 5,460 8,770 10,990 4,390
Bangkok - Ayuthaya or Ayuthaya - Bangkok
Charter Price per Cruise in THB
01 Nov - 30 Apr 01 May 06 - Oct
1 Boat For 1/12 Pax 2 Boats For 7/19 Pax 2 Boats For 20/30 Pax 1 Boat For 1/12 Pax 2 Boats For 7/19 Pax 2 Boats For 20/30 Pax
115,200 146,800 201,600 93,500 120,800 159,200
Bangkok - Ayuthaya or Ayuthaya - Bangkok
Accommodation per cabin: 1 dbl & 1 sgl private bathroom, fully air-con
Including: transfer to/ from hotel, full board, tour with guide
Supplement for transfer in Bangkok to/ from pier = USD 16
Reduction : 'Cruise only'program, reduction US$11 net per person
(excluding land transportation, lunch in Ayuthaya, sightseeing, long-tail boat)

Price includes:

  • Accommodation in DBL or Twin sharing cabin
  • All on-board meals, coffee, tea, water
  • Use of all sports equipment
  • Visit fees and guide in Ayuthaya and Bang- Pa- In and service of crew

Price Does not include:

  • Spirits, wines, beers and soft drinks 
    (although available)
  • Transfers in Bangkok from hotel to Mekhala pier or vice versa
  • Optional sports equipment like water-skiing, canoeing etc.

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