These lovingly restored rice barges that once carried fish, spices and building materials are a memorable way to see Thailand and the bustling bank-side life across the country. From overnight cruises to the ancient capital and day trips around the mossy karst peaks of the Andaman Coast, Thailand by boat is a lovely way to explore.
The luxurious Anantara Song and Dream are teak wood barges lovingly restored and cruise for two days between Bangkok and Ayutthaya, beginning and ending in Bangkok. Aboard the Anantara, you can escape the bustling city life in Bangkok and shortly find yourself meandering along the peaceful banks of the Chau Phraya River. The Mekhala Cruise takes you down a similar route to visit the spectacular ruins of Ayutthaya as you get a glimpse of life along the river banks and in small villages.
If you’re looking for a longer cruise down south, board the grand Suwan Macha schooner. This relaxed voyage from Phuket to Phi Phi takes you through iconic bays and caves, allowing you to jump off to swim and snorkel, and giving you time to see more of the area than those who visit on a day trip. Perhaps combine your time in here with a visit to Laos, crossing from Huay Say in northern Thailand across the border on the Luang Say Cruise, stopping by Pak Beng and ending in Luang, passing by dramatic mountain scenery.
If you’re seeking an adventure in Thailand by boat, there are many exciting and relaxing options to suit every traveller’s needs. Speak to our Thailand experts today to discover which option is best for you.
Anantara Song & Anantara Dream, Bangkok
A meticulously restored 100-year-old rice barge plying the old route between Bangkok and Ayutthaya.
Luang Say Cruise, Pak Beng
A two-day journey on a traditional, comfortable boat down the mighty Mekong River.
Mekhala Cruise, Chao Phraya, Bangkok
The slow route to Ayutthaya: take a rice barge down the Chao Phraya from Bangkok.
Suwan Macha , Phang Nga National Park
A 4-day exploration of beautiful Phang Nha Bay sailing aboard a fantastic schooner.