The Best Dinner Cruises on the Chao Phraya River in Thailand

Kelly Iverson

The River of Kings has long been one of the most important, if not the most important, waterway in the Land of Smiles. It acts as both transportation and a source of livelihood for many locals. Now, visitors to the Kingdom can experience the Chao Phraya River like never before: aboard a luxurious dinner cruise. Here are our favorites on the Chao Phraya River in Thailand.

1. Supanniga Dinner Cruise

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Thai

Supanniga Eating Room has long been a favored restaurant in the capital. Its two locations in the city continue to draw in the most enthusiastic of foodies, and now their delicious menu is available on the water: the Supanniga Dinner Cruise. The boat fits up to 40 people, with two different dining options to choose from, the evening cocktail cruise and the evening champagne cruise. Like its landlocked restaurants, the Supanniga Dinner Cruise is decorated with bright orange, yellow, and blue decor in combination with comfy seating, making it the perfect spot to have a drink on the river at sunset. Cruises range from ฿1,250-3,250 per person, and they normally commence at 4:45 pm.

Apsara Cruise

The Banyan Tree Bangkok is home to some of the best dining options in the capital. From Vertigo and Moon Bar to an all-day international restaurant, there is an eatery for everyone. There is even one that floats down the mighty Chao Phraya River. No detail is overlooked on the Apsara Cruise. From the attentive staff to the authentic, Thai cuisine, cruises don’t get much better than this. The boat is a vintage rice barge, with intimate seating to provide guests with the most romantic of dining experiences. Be sure to dress to impress, as flip flops and casual wear are not permitted on this luxurious cruise. The cruise starts at 8 pm and ends at 10 pm.

Apsara Cruise, Banyan Tree, 21 S Sathorn Rd, Khwaeng Thung Maha Mek, Khet Sathon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2 679 1200

2. Loy Nava Dinner Cruises

Restaurant, Thai

Boats on the Chao Phraya River.
© JOHN KELLERMAN / Alamy Stock Photo
Those hoping for dinner and a show should climb aboard the Loy Nava Dinner Cruise. Traditional Thai dancing is one of the most stunning and graceful art forms in the world. Rarely do visitors to Thailand get to view this type of dance at all, let alone up close and personal. This is not the case on board this particular cruise ship, where diners have the opportunity to watch as performers take over the ship and dance to traditional Thai music. The atmosphere on board pairs perfectly with the authentic Thai cuisine, with local and international favorites including tom yum goong (hot and spicy shrimp soup with coconut). In addition to appetizers, soups, and desserts, the cruise has many meat-free options for vegetarians on board.

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