Depart from the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa Pier located in front of the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa (currently known as Bangkok Marriott Resort & Spa). Once on board you will meet the crew who will be looking after you on your trip. Cold towel with lemongrass aroma and chilled fresh fruit cocktail will be waiting for you.
Arrive at the Temple of Dawn or Wat Arun as it is otherwise known. This is one of the
best known temples in Bangkok and dates back to the ancient Ayutthaya period. The tall, elongated central Khmer-style tower is surrounded by four minor towers, which symbolise Mount Meru, the earthly representation of the thirty-three heavens. Here you will find pavilions containing statues of the Buddha at the most important stages of life. The beautiful architecture and fine craftsmanship mark Wat Arun as one of the most remarkable temples in Thailand. We will stop here for a short guided tour and depart at 11:30am. There is also a chance to have your fortune told here.
Arrive at the Royal Barges National Museum. This is one of Bangkok's most fascinating sights and something you will not see anywhere else in the world. The museum is home to an incredible collection of gilded and ornately decorated boats with magnificently carved prows. His Majesty the King's personal barge, Suphannahongse, can be seen here. Built in 1911 to resemble a mythical swan, the boat is 46 metres long and was carved from a single tree. All the barges are unique and incredible works of craftsmanship.
Lunch underway. Enjoy our Thai cuisine prepared by your personal on-board chef.
Shortly after your lunch, the Anantara Dream will pass the island of Koh Kret in Nonthaburi Province, an island which was 'man-made' in the last 100 years when a canal was built to shorten the journey around a circuitous bend in the river. The island is populated by the Mon people, one of Thailand's many ethnic minority groups, who use the river's fine clay to produce earthenware pots. Spend the afternoon relaxing on board, watching the vignettes of river life unfold as they float by.
A traditional English afternoon tea with selections of cookies, pastries and teas will be served.
A quick stop at Wat Pathum Khong Ka to feed the fish - a simple way of gaining merit and good luck. This promotes the Buddhist cycle of life by feeding the fish so they in turn can produce life. Some of these carp fish are giants!
Arrive at Wat Samakkeeyaram, where we can watch the sun set and then moor for the night.
Relax and freshen up in your private ensuite stateroom and then return to the deck for aperitifs and Thai canapes.
With Wat Samakkeeyaram as a dramatic backdrop, a traditional Thai dinner will be served. Relax on deck with a glass of wine or digestif before retiring to your stateroom for your first night on the river.
An early start and chance to make merit with the Monks of Wat Samakkeeyaram and tour the temple. Thai Buddhists believe that by making merit, they earn happiness, peace in life and the chance to progress in their next life. Making merit with the Monks is a wonderfully harmonious way to start the day.
Freshly prepared continental breakfast is served. Recline on a deck lounger and watch the river life float past while cruising up the Chao Phraya River through the Thai country side.
|01:00 pm.||Mediterranean set lunch served under steam.|
Anantara Dream arrives at Wat Panancherng to begin your tour. Wat Panancherng is an old monastery housing Thailand's largest ancient Buddha image. This image, known as Luang Po To was made in 1344. The Chinese revere this image as their God Protector since much of the sailing done then was by the Chinese.
Limousine with guide will then transfer you to within Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The ancient capital was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong and it was from here that the Siamese
ruled their Kingdom for 417 years.
You will spend the afternoon exploring Ayutthaya in the company of our expert guide. There will even be a chance for you to experience riding on the back of an elephant. As Ayutthaya is such a large area, the limousine driver will wait for you and take you on a tour of the outer areas of the ancient city.
The limousine will transfer you to Bang Pa In, one of the 16 districts of Ayutthaya where you will rejoin the Anantara Dream. Along the way, you may wish to buy a bag of fish or a cage of small birds for you to release back to nature. This is a wonderful gesture and makes merit.
Across from Bang Pa In is Wat Niwet Thammaprawat - one of the most intriguing Buddhist temples - and this is where we will moor for the night. Wat Niwet Thammaprawat was constructed at the command of King Rama V in 1878, in the style of an English Gothic church. The temple's stained glass windows and unusual architecture makes it one of the most distinctive Buddhist temples in Thailand.
Relax and freshen up in your private ensuite stateroom and then return to the deck for aperitifs and Thai canapés.
|08:00 pm.||A traditional Thai dinner will be served on deck.|
|08:00 am.||Freshly prepared breakfast.|
Your personal guide will meet you at Anantara Song and begin the tour of Wat Niwet Thammaprawat.
From Wat Niwet Thammaprawat it is a short walk to the Bang Pa In Summer Palace. The original palace was built by King Prasat Thong on the island and was used as a country residence for the later kings of the Ayutthaya period. However, after the capital moved to Bangkok, Bang Pa In was abandoned for 80 years, to be revived by King Rama V. He commanded the construction of addition buildings - theatres, temples and monuments - in a mixture of European, Chinese and Thai styles. We will explore the palace grounds by electric carts although the site can be easily walked.
Depart to Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Center with limousine transfer and guide where you enjoy the patronage of Her Majesty the Queen. Here you can see a variety of Thai houses in regional styles and see how Thailand's rural people make handicrafts such as fern basketry, silk flowers, hand-woven silk and cotton, silk dyeing, wood carving, miniature hand-modeled dolls and traditional furniture. This is a great place to shop for Thai handicrafts. After a short guided tour, we will depart at around 12:00pm.
|12:30 pm.||Rejoin with Anantara Song at the Bang Sai Royal Folk Pier.|
|12:45 pm.||Thai cooking cuisine with Chef.|
|01:30 pm.||Thai light lunch set menu will be served underway head back to Bangkok.|
|04:00 pm.||English high tea will be served while your leisure on the deck.|
|04:30 pm.||Arrive at the Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa Pier.|