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Thailand - DESTINATIONS & HOTELS

The Mekhala

Mekhala Cruises comprise three beautifully three restored rice barges that provide the setting for daily journeys between Bangkok and Ayutthaya, retracing the paths of former royal processions. Their journey is a fascinating insight into how life on the river has changed over this time.

These hundred year-old work horses have been transformed into elegant floating teak hotels. With capacities of 6, 6 and 9, each is immaculately appointed with air-conditioned double bed cabins and private western style bathrooms. In addition they feature:

  • Modern safety equipment and lifejackets
  • Thai style designs with western comforts
  • Deck for sunbathing or lounging
  • Audio entertainment,
  • A library, a host of indoor games
  • Telephone
  • fully-stocked bar

Itinerary 1. Bangkok – Ayuthaya – Departure at 14h30 everyday (except on Friday).

Day 1: BANGKOK (D)
Start cruising up the Chao Phraya River with spectacular views of the Grand Palace and the Temple of Dawn. Just after 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: AYUTHAYA (B)
An option for alms offering to monk can be made prior to a delicious breakfast served on board. Then depart for Bang-Pa-In Summer Palace where you will disembark nearby at approx. 10am.

Itinerary 2. Ayuthaya – Bangkok – Departure at 14.30 everyday (except on Saturday).

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 in Bangkok late morning.

The Mekhala cruises are a better value option alternative to the ultra luxurious Manohra Cruises and are ideal for those with less time. The cabins are smaller and less well equipped but no less comfortable. This shorter cruise is the ideal way to experience life along this famous Thai river and not break the bank! A very highly recommended addition to any Thailand itinerary.