Cruise the River of Kings the Chao Phraya in style. Step back in time as you book a luxurious journey aboard a converted teak rice barge that offers all the trappings suited for royalty.
Unwind on a Three Day Cruise
Looking to go on Bangkok cruises? Step aboard the luxuriously converted rice barge and set off along the Chao Phraya River. Select the Ayutthaya Thousand Golden Temples tour offered by river cruise tour operators and Anantara Cruises, Thailand; popular for the Anantara Dream – a boutique 2 cabin boat made out of a 100 year old rice barge. The tour takes you past the splendours of the ancient kingdom.
Pass Iconic Landmarks
The Thousand Golden Temples Tour is one of the favoured for its dose of ancient culture. Drift by the Temple of Dawn, the Golden Palace and Royal Barges Museum; three of the most iconic attractions in Bangkok. Mind you views from the river are stunning.
Savour the Splendours of Ancient River Life
The Chao Phraya has been an integral part of Bangkok’s history; life is predominantly based around the curving waterway. Experience the traditions and allures of this age old friend to the Thai’s; on your rice barge cruise. The 3 day tour allows you to take part in the merit invoking services offered at temples along the river, explore the monastery housing the country’s largest Buddha statue and browse the confines of the Summer Palace of the once mighty kings of the Ayutthaya Kingdom.
Discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site
One of the most alluring aspects of Bangkok cruises is exploring the ancient Ayutthaya Kingdom. Visit the ruins; discover past grandeurs as you walk through archaeological sites and historical temples. The view of the kingdom from the deck of your barge is quite unforgettable; so take along the cameras folks as you make like a king and set sail on a 100 year old rice barge cum boutique hotel.
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The Wat Pathumkhongka Ratchaworawiharn which is also known as Wat Pathum Khong Ka lies majestically in the Samphanthawong district or the Sampheng district of Chinatown Bangkok. Gloriously glistening with the charm of the ancient in each corner of its mighty structure, the Wat Pathum Khong Ka is a second class royal temple dating back from the historic times of the Ayutthaya period.
The ancient temple was also called the Wat Sampheng given its location. During the reign of King Rama the First, the temple received its present name after being fully renovated by Somdet Krom Phraratchawang Borworn Mahasurasinghanat, as a merit making dedicated to Thongdee, his father.
The picturesque temple does not simply boast of magnificence in its exterior form. The splendor of the interior is just as beautiful and alluring as the wonderful history that shapes its significance. In the Ubosot or the Ordination Hall of brick make one will witness the silent majesty of the Buddha image enshrined amid the Mara or the demon mudra. A stone that has captured the Buddha’s foot print is also reverently laid amid the mighty structures of this temple that guard its honor with valor and pride since times ancient. The Sermon Hall or the Wiharn has doors and windows adorned so exquisitely with lacquered patterns of gold leaves, witnessing to the creative forte of the old old artist.
Horrors too have taken place amidst the splendor of these walls, where King Rama the Third in fury ordered the execution of Krommaluang Rak Ronnaret for the treacherous crime of stirring the masses in a rebellion against him in 1848 (2391 BE). The execution took place behind the Wiharn in the Thaen Hin Paraharn Kabot which literally means the rebel execution stone. The ashes of the royalty as well as the majestic white elephants were also scattered in the holy place in the canal front of the temple, consecrating this temple with the richest of traditions of the past.
A Bangkok cruise tour could be taken to witness the wonder of the Wat Pathum Khong Ka, while treating you to the absolute luxury to be found in resorts such as Anantara Cruises Thailand which also arrange Bangkok cruises along its most prominent rivers to witness the timeless beauty of a land rich in culture and tradition.