The Anantara Song and the Anantara Dream are gorgeous teakwood rice barges that have been restored to the very highest standards and now cruise the route between Bangkok and Ayutthaya along the Chao Phraya River.
Unlike other boats, the two-night journey with Anantara begins and ends in Bangkok, making it a lovely relaxing experience without a need for a road transfer back to Bangkok at the end of the cruise. The standard is the very highest available, with the teak wood barges lovingly converted to their present splendour.
The boat has four air-conditioned staterooms all with their own private ensuite bathrooms. The living area is spacious and comfortable with a lounge, dining area, sun deck, and a fully stocked galley. Slightly smaller, the Anantara Dream has only two cabins but is otherwise of a similar high standard.
In terms of the itinerary, there are slight variations, depending on the boat and the day. Please talk to us for exact details. The following is a rough outline:
Your first day on-board includes a short guided tour of Wat Arun in Bangkok, the Royal Barges Museum holding the extraordinary royal barge collection, Koh Kret, home of the Mon ethnic minority group and Wat Samakkiyaram for a fine sunset.
Day two is mainly taken up with a visit to the various sites of Ayutthaya and all transfers whilst on land are by limousine. Your expert guide will be able to bring the venerable ruins at Ayutthaya to life. The mooring for the night is Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, built by King Rama V in the style of an English Gothic Church.
The final day includes the Summer Palace and a gentle cruise back to Bangkok.
All meals are included onboard, breakfast, lunch and a sumptuous Thai feast in the evening.
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