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EVENING RICE BARGE TOUR WITH FIVE-COURSE DINNER
Travelling the Chao Phraya River at night, with the temples lit-up along the banks, is one of the must-do experiences in Bangkok, and the luxury of the Apsara truly is a cut above the majority of boats travelling this well-worn tourist trail. Taking time to pause in front of the famous sights, passengers are treated to a delicious Thai feast onboard a romantic converted rice-barge. Departing from River City Pier every night at 20:00, you can either embark here or take advantage of the complimentary shuttle bus from Banyan Tree Hotel in Sathorn. Although you miss the sunset, the traffic on the river is much quieter at this time of night, and the temples are lit up for that perfect night-time picture.
Getting to River City by yourself is easy, it is only 5 minutes by cab from the MRT at Hua Lamphong, or you can take the free shuttle ferry from the pier near Sapphan Taksin BTS. Although the rice barge is around 120 years old, it has been renovated into a classy floating dining room, an intimate space that can cater for up to 64 people. Outside festive periods the boat isn’t particularly busy, and the majority of tables have an uninterrupted view of the river. The cruise takes an hour and 45 minutes, travelling up the river, past Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) and the Grand Palace to Rama VIII Bridge.
Opening Hours: Cruise start : 8.00-9.45pm
Location: River City Shopping Complex 23 Trok Rongnamkhaeng, Charoen Krung 30, Si Phaya Pier, Yota Road, Sampantawong, Bangkok 10100,Thailand
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