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EBB 31 : Chao Phraya Rice Barge Cruise

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EBB 31 : Chao Phraya Rice Barge Cruise (Bangkok – Maenam Noi : 2 days/1 night)
Saturday departure (Minimum 2 persons)
Rate : Baht 6,300 per person / Validity from Now – 31 Oct 08

Pickup Time : 07:00 – 07:30

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  A unique opportunity to explore Thailand’s rural heartland along the Chao Phraya River on board a traditional teak rice barge. Leave Bangkok behind as the river weaves through the Central Plains and discover a region of Thailand that is rarely visited by tourists.

• Chao Phraya Rice Barge Cruise – River Map

Thanatharee Rice Barge
Our barge, named “Thanatharee” or Treasure on the Water, is 21.1 metres in length and 5.9 metres in width. It provides simple but comfortable air-conditioned multi-share accommodation with on-board shower and toilets. The maximum capacity is 12 passengers.

The spacious upper deck has ample room to relax, enjoy a refreshing drink, read, play games or just watch the world drifting gently by. There is also a sun deck for anyone wanting to work on their tans. Meals will be served on board, and everyone is welcome to help in the cooking and learn something about the art of Thai cooking. One may also accompany the cook to the local market and shops for the day’s ingredients.

Day 1 : Saturday, Bangkok – Pakkred – Samkok – Maenam Noi (-/L/D)

Board the Thanatharee at Pinklao Pier (Bangkok side) at 08:30 and depart Bangkok to Ko Kred, an island in the middle of the Chao Phraya River. Explore the Mon pottery-making village on the island before continuing to lively Pathum Thani market where varieties of fresh meats, vegetables and various local goods are sold. Lunch served on the way. Continue the cruise with a short stop at Wat Pailom, well known as a winter nesting ground of the Asian Openbill Stork which migrates from Northern India and Siberia and then head upriver to the unspoilt Maenam Noi, a small branch of the main Chao Phraya River. Arrive at Wat Singh at approximately 18:00, tie up for the night and enjoy dinner on board.

Day 2 : Sunday, Maenam Noi – Ban Bang Sadej (B/L/-)
Time for breakfast and a cycle ride to explore the village, then depart for Wat Taku. (Lunch served on board.) Set off by bicycle to explore the local villages along the Maenam Noi.

Rejoin the barge at Wat Kophai and continue to Bang Sadej. Arrive the village at approximately 16.00. Disembark ready to set off to the next destination

(If time permits, there is an opportunity to visit the village, its famous temple and a local orphanage where, mainly, hilltribe children receive an education and vocational training. Continue to the main village to meet the local people and see the cottage industries they engage in.) End of service.

Remark :
– Day2, a private transfer from Ban Bang Sadej to Bangkok or Ayudhaya by air-conditioned minivan can bearranged for a supplementary charge.

– During the months, normally, around September-November it may not be possible to use the Maenam Noi in which case the itinerary will follow the main Chao Phraya River.

– Itinerary of the barge portion is only a guideline and is subject to change without prior notice due to tide of the river and local conditions, but the same concept is well maintained.

– Guarantee departure Year round for a minimum of 2 persons and a maximum of 12 persons.

– Saturday departure, Bangkok – Maenam Noi

– Departs Bangkok at 08.30, terminates at a village in Maenam Noi at 16.00, approximately.

– In case of cancellation :

  • 8-14 days prior to departure date : charge 30% of total amount
  • 1-7 days prior to departure date : charge 50% of total amount
  • No Show : Non-refundable

Charge for children :
– 50% of tour rate when joining the tour with 2 paying adults. (Applicable for children aged less than 10 years, except where otherwise stated.)

Services included in the price :
– Pick-up service from Bangkok Hotel (city area) to Pinklao Pier where boarding (minimum 2 persons)

– On board Thanatharee : The barge provides air-conditioned multi-share accommodation for a maximum of 12 persons, the bedroom area being divided into two sections by a curtain. One common bathroom and one toilet
are located on the main deck, a second toilet is on the upper deck. Please bring your own personnel toiletries (towel and soap are provided).

– Full board during the cruise
– All services and activities described in the itineraries
– English-speaking assistance
– 7% Value added tax.

Services not included in the price :
– Soft drinks (except water) and alcoholic beverages
– Meals not mentioned in the above itinerary
– Tips for the crew
– Personal expenses

– – – Terms & Conditions – – –

Booking :
– Any purchase made through the website, bookings have to be made in advance

Payment :
– Full prepayment is required either by credit card (Visa, Master, JCB) or bank transfer

Cancellation Policy :

– If written notification of cancellation (by email or facsimile) received after payment has been done or 1 working
day (Not including Sat, Sun & Public Holiday) prior to departure, there will be no cancellation charge except credit card processing fee

– In case of No Show : non-refundable

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