An enjoyable tour that run for about 8 hours. After pick up transfer To an air conditioned bus you have a one hour drive to the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace which is stunning with a European feel. You have about 1.5 hours here and you can hire a mini cart for getting around the grounds but I wouldn't recommend it as you miss the guides commentary.
Next is Wat Maha That which is over 600 years old and nearly totally destroyed by war with Burma. Then it is onto Wat Na Phra Mane Temple with golden Buddha. Lastly you visit Wat Lokayasutharam for the reclining Buddha. Note dress appropriately for a visit to temples (cover knees and shoulders).
The cruise down Chao Phraya River. The buffet is extensive and there is a later coffee and biscuit break as well. Ferry is air conditioned inside, okay viewing area outside. Transfer back to hotel worked went well too and I listed a hotel not on the list.
A must to better understand Thailand / Siam history and to get out of Bangkok. Recommend.
A great way to get your bearings in Bangkok is to take a ferry trip along the Chao Phraya River. The ferries are very regular, and cheap, and most of the attractions in Bangkok are within a short walk of most of the ferry stops. Plus it is a great way to see some of the sights, from the water.
Really nice afternoon on the Chao Phraya River. The first part of the trip was on a long, narrow boat and the return was on a rice arge where we dined on a beautiful buffet of exotic fruit. The length of the tour was just perfect and the staff were excellent. I enjoyed feeding fish in front of the temples.
Doing what: Bangkok Rice Barge Afternoon Cruise
This trip took us to an amazing site that was a far distance from Bangkok. There wasn't enough time at the site of Ayrtthaya once we got there. Also, we never approached the largest of the ruins. The boat trip back took a long time, on a very hot day. One could not sit outside the air conditioned boat in order to get great views of the Chao Phraya River banks. Overall, it was a trip worth taking. The ruins are quite impressive.
The river itself is not exactly the cleanest or loveliest, but we did have a good time touring it by boat to see the waterfront of Bangkok. I would also recommend taking the public ferry as transportation, its efficient and fun!
The tour was okay, however considering English is not my first language, and the tour guide spoke English in a foreign accent and manner, I lost lots of information. The tour guide was a courteous person. The best part of the tour was the cruise on the Chao Phraya river; the food on board the boat was very good. Also, the sight of Bangkok when approaching the city from the river was amazing.
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