In the nineteenth century, Bangkok’s had a complex network of canals that served as the major arteries of transportation.
The population drew upon the river not only for transport but also for accommodation and trade, with stilted houses thronging the riverbanks and foreign ships arriving in Bangkok.
Hence, Bangkok was once known as “The Venice of the East”.
The river and canals can still be conveniently explored and offer the visitor a glimpse of that waterborne life of yesteryear.
Bangkok offers some of the capital’s most superb sights, particularly at night when the weather is cooler and re-flections from the water bestow upon Bangkok a magical effect of flickering lights and shadows.
This is a really nice way to spend an evening, making a leisurely trip down Bangkok’s main river.
On the way, the sights include The Temple of Dawn and other temples along the way. All are lit up to great effect.
The cruises leave from Riverside at 8pm and the cruise lasts two hours.
On board there is open air dining on the top deck, or large air conditioned restaurant inside. You can still go outside on deck to see the sights.
The Thai diinner is a mix of fish, rice and meats, with plenty of mango, pineapple and fruit to finish the meal. Beer and spirits are available, but smoking is only allowed outside on deck.
On some cruises there is live music on board as well.
In all these cruises are good value, but make sure arrival is well ahead of departure. They don’t wait for late comers!