Top 5 river cruises to do in Bangkok



Some restaurants are tucked away in alleys while others are on the rooftops. However, the restaurants in this article are floating! Embarking on a river cruise on the Chao Phraya is one of the best ways to experience Bangkok. Stretching 372 miles from the source to the sea, the Chao Phraya winds past quaint temples, historic buildings, and modern skyscrapers. As a result, guests can enjoy some of the city’s finest gastronomic views while indulging in delicious cuisine. In Bangkok, we’re spoiled for choice, but here are our top 5 city cruises that we believe offer the best overall dining experience.

5 best river cruises in Bangkok

1. Apsara cruise

Managed by The Banyan Tree (one of Bangkok’s most prestigious 5 star hotels) is the Apsara River Cruise. This cruise is number 1 on our list because of its delicious gourmet cuisine and first class service.

Transformed from a 120 year old vintage rice barge, Apsara is a luxury restaurant. It can accommodate up to 64 people and has intimate tables, dark wood furniture and orange-toned decor. While the interior is relatively simple, the ease and tranquility of Chao Phraya at night sets a romantic tone.

Apsara offers a set menu with a 4 course meal of Thai cuisine. From aperitif to dessert, traditionally dressed staff serve a range of dishes including seafood, curries and soup. All meals are freshly prepared on board, ensuring the best and freshest quality. Finally, to complete your dinner, the cruise houses a fully stocked bar with an assortment of drinks.

As you advance, the Apsara takes you past landmarks such as the Temple of Dawn and the Grand Palace. These sites, lit at night, allow breathtaking views; this, together with the impeccable service and delicious food, consolidates the Apsara as the ultimate dining experience.

Opening hours: 8:00 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.

Price : Walk-in prices start from 2,550 baht / adult and 1,275 baht / child.

Address: River City Pier: 23 Soi Charoen Krung 24, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100.

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2. Manohra luxury dinner cruise

The Manohra Cruise operated by the Anantara Hotel is one of Bangkok’s most lavish river cruises. Installed on an old rice barge, the ship has an authentic Thai style. Inside, the dining room is intimate because the boat is smaller compared to the other barges we have mentioned. The interior consists mostly of rattan seating and wood decor, and there is only one terrace for guests.

Massaman’s chicken curry, red curry fish and Tom Kha Kai are some of the iconic dishes on the menu. These meals are designed to be enjoyed as a family, which is a common eating method in Thailand. The 2-hour trip begins at 7:30 p.m. – throughout the journey, passengers can enjoy landmarks such as Taksin Bridge, Rama VIII Bridge and more. Plus, as you navigate, knowledgeable local hosts provide commentary on each site, giving you a bit more insight into their history.

In short, The Manohra invites passengers to “savor the best regional delicacies of Thailand” while enjoying iconic views. As a result, the cruise as a whole will not only be memorable but an “authentic voyage of discovery”.

Opening hours: 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Price : The walk-in price is 2,300 baht / person.

Address: Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, 257 / 1-3, Charoennakorn Road, Thonburi, Bangkok 10600.

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Photo via Manohra Cruises

3. Chao Phraya Princess River Cruise

Managed by the Tristar Floating Company, this is our 3rd choice: the Chao Phraya Princess Cruise. Founded in 1990, they offer 5 distinct cruises. Their smaller barge can accommodate up to 250 seats, while the largest has a capacity of 480 seats. The diverse selection of cruises is unique in itself, as most of the others only operate on 1 barge. Thus, they have a cruise for all occasions and are also available for private charters. In fact, it has hosted many weddings, birthdays, and corporate events.

Whichever cruise you choose, every trip is all-inclusive. As passengers pass popular sites (like Wat Pho and the Grand Palace), easy-to-listen jazz plays in the background. Their buffet dinner includes a mix of international and Thai cuisine. However, passengers can also opt for an Indian buffet if they wish. This wide range of kitchens ensures that there is something for every preference.

The boat has indoor and outdoor seating – to keep cool, go inside or sit on the outside deck for a better view. Finally, the interior is elegant with dark rattan furniture and elegant marble floors. All in all, a dinner here will make a night to remember.

Opening hours: From Thursday to Sunday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Price : 1,900 baht / adult and 1,500 / child.

Address: 94/1 Charoennakorn Soi 21, Charoennakorn Rd., Banglampoolang, Klongsarn, Bangkok 10600.

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4. Dinner cruise on the Loy Nava River

For those looking for a dinner show, the Loy Nava Dinner Cruise is the cruise for you. On board, diners can enjoy a traditional Thai dance performance while they eat. It pairs well with their authentic Thai cuisine, serving local dishes such as Tom Yum Goong. Each dish is prepared with fresh ingredients from the region. As a result, you can only expect the best high quality food. Appetizers, soups and desserts are also available, as well as vegetarian options.

Like other ships, the Loy Nava cruise is set up on a converted rice barge. The dining room is not too crowded and each table offers a clear view of the river. As the cruise follows its path, guests can admire the Bangkok skyline while listening to relaxing Thai music. With that in mind, this cruise is perfect for those who want an immersive Thai dining experience.

Opening hours: Option 1: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Option 2: 8:10 p.m. – 10:10 p.m.

Price : The walk-in price is 2,295 baht / person.

Address: Si Phaya Expressboat Pier, (Captain Bush Lane), Charoen Krung Rd Soi 30, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500.

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Photo via Oriental Escape

5. Arena River Cruise

Unlike most other Bangkok cruises, Arena River Cruise mainly serves Indian cuisine along with a few Thai classics. Presented as a buffet, the extensive menu includes dishes such as samosas, tandoori chicken and Malai Tikka chicken. Alternatively, Thai dishes such as stir-fried chicken with basil are also available. Each guest receives a complimentary welcome drink, but a selection of Indian Masala teas are also available to order throughout the night.

The 2.5-hour cruise includes a live artist, Bollywood DJ, and contemporary Indian music to keep you entertained. There is even room to dance for those who wish. It can accommodate up to 50 people and accommodates both children and adults.

Opening hours: 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Price : 1,100 baht / person.

Address: Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120.

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Photo via Arena River Dinner Cruise

If you want to explore Bangkok even further, check out our article on Top 10 Must-Do Activities in Bangkok.

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