Bangkok Rice Barge Canal Tour
OverviewJoin a group on an open-air cruise along Thailand's River of Kings (Chao Phraya River) and its canals that run through Bangkok. Step on board a beautifully restored teak rice barge and enjoy a delicious arrangement of fruits, Thai desserts, an assortment of nuts and unlimited drinks while you take in amazing views of the city, historical sites and landmarks along the river.
- Great overview and orientation of the city
- Ideal choice for families
- Free drinks included
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Free snacks included
- Led by a local guide
Know More about this tourBangkok is an enchanting city, with the local people's way of life closely aligned with the its waterways. The charm of living along the banks of serene klongs (canals) is much the same as in the past. Historical records point to Bangkok Noi Canal, in Bangkok Noi District being part of the majestic Chao Phraya River. This canal flows in a horseshoe shape through the old Bangkok Noi community in the Thonburi area.
The community was established in the Ayutthaya Period and King Chai Racha Dhiraj who ruled between 1534 and 1546, commanded the excavation of a shortcut waterway from Bangkok Noi Canal to Bangkok Yai Canalto facilitate transport and communications.
Along both banks of the Bangkok Noi Canal, visitors see orchid growers and places of cultural and historical significance. On a boat trip from the mouth of the canal near Thonburi railway station, it is possible to see the National Museum of Royal Barges on the right hand side. A place to stop and look at the barges used in the Royal Barge Procession the most spectacular of waterfront events.
The boat trip takes in several major temples such as Wat Si Sudaram, which houses Thailand's largest image of the Venerable Somdet Phra Phitthachan (To Phrommarangsi). Other interesting temples are Wat Suwannaram and Wat Nai Rong, famous for their old and magnificent murals. Before turning into the Chak Phra Canal you can see beautiful, traditional Thai houses with carved designs.
Although cargo boats have turned to use the new route of the Chao Phraya River, the lively Khlong Bangkok Noi community still endures. It reflects a bygone Thai lifestyle, inextricably related with waterways, and a Thai identity handed down from generation to generation.
1.30-2pm - Pickup by guide and driver from your hotel in downtown Bangkok
2:30-4:30pm - The express boat departs the River City Pier at 2:30. You journey up the river, passing major attractions and landmarks, such as Chinatown, the Memorial Bridge, The Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew, Royal Barges Museum, then explore the Khlongs of Bangkok Noi and Wat Arun.
4:30pm - Return to Pier
4.45pm - Return to your hotel in downtown Bangkok
Inclusions for Bangkok Rice Barge Canal Tour
- Downtown Bangkok hotel/port pickup and drop-off
- Afternoon tea
Exclusions for Bangkok Rice Barge Canal Tour
- Gratuities (recommended).
- Transfers from and to airport, sea/river ports, train stations that are located inside or outside of the city center and others are NOT included and surcharges will apply.
- Transfers from and to hotels and resorts that are located outside of the city center are NOT included in the service and surcharges will apply.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Wat Arun is under renovation for the coming months ahead
A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat
No Pick-up and drop-off transfer services will be provided from apartment complexes, local guest houses or private apartments. Please make your own arrangements to meet at the nearest hotel inside the downtown Bangkok area.