Dinner aboard Manohra Cruise along the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand


The Mae Nam Chao Phraya is a river that nurtures the Thai people… Mae Nam (in Thai language) is a generic term for river with Mae signifying mother and Nam water. The Thai royal and noble title Chao Phraya can be translated as Grand Duke. The two terms together reflects the reverence the Thai people have for the river….

Bangkok traces its origins back to the 15th century when it was just a small village under the original capital of Siam, Ayutthaya…


Because of its strategic and convenient location near the river’s mouth, the settlement soon grew in size and importance by serving as a customs outpost.

Bangkok has since grown in leaps and bounds since its birth yet the Thai locals and also tourists live, work, and play along the Chao Phraya…. More than 50,000 people commute via Chao Phraya to various pier destinations in Bangkok…. And yes, I am one of them…

I have taken the ferry countless times to cross the river and all to various places in the vicinity…


And while crossing the magnificent river, I have always been also equally fascinated by the magnificent boats that bring people around a huge portion of the river to see the royal sights and all, ever dreaming of the day I would get aboard one such boat. ..


My opportunity came when I decided I needed to splurge a little and could not resist trying the Manohra luxury dining cruise….

Manohra cruises is operated by the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort… The luxury boat is actually a lovely antique rice barge which has been converted to a luxury boat with about 70 seats… and so since it has kinda limited tables, reservations are required in advance….


The dinner cruise starts at 7.30pm and ends after 2 hours on the river…

It is a totally different feeling getting to cruise in old world elegance on board the Manohra as the luxurious boat cruise along the majestic Chao Phraya River….

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You will be cruising along famous royal sites, passing the Rama I Bridge, Temple of Dawn(Wat Arun), The Royal Grand Palace(Wat Pra Kaew), Rama VIII Bridge as well as striking modern landmarks such as the Asiatique and IconSiam while indulging your palate on the finest Thai cuisine on obviously one of the best river dinner cruises Bangkok has to offer….


We started off with some Mieng Kham, and then there were appetizers – Crispy Sweet and Sour Noodles, Fried Chicken wrapped in Pandan Leaf and Prawn Salad in Lemongrass, Kaffir Lime and Mango…


Then we had some Tom Kha Gai, which is Chicken in Coconut Galangal Soup…


And our main dishes – Stir Fried Chayote in Oyster Sauce, Green Curry Beef, Garlic Fried Tiger Prawn and Stir Fried Chicken in Cashiew Nut, Onions and Chilli..


And this ended with some Mango Sticky Rice and Black Grass Jelly in Fresh Milk… The Sticky Rice came wrapped like wantan…


There were some traditional Thai Sweets too, but we were too full and I did not want to eat too much sugar to try it.. 

The cruise departs every day from Anantara Riverside Bangkok’s pier, so you also get to enjoy sights and sounds of this exclusive luxurious resort while waiting for the people to prepare your cruise…


Cruising Time: 19.30 – 21.30
(Do check in at least 15 min before cruise departure) KKday is the best place to grab your own attraction deals and plan your visits..

So to book your own trip, do check the links below…


Manohra Dinner Cruise on Chao Phraya River, Bangkok

KKday Website: https://www.kkday.com/en?cid=8700

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