Which dinner cruises in Bangkok along Chao Phrya River is the best?

Top 7 Chao Phraya Dinner Cruises in Bangkok

Dinner Cruise in Bangkok: Once you are in Bangkok, Dinner Cruise is one of the most famous activities to do. The cruise takes about 2 hours, cruising up and down on the Chao Phrya River (The main river of Bangkok) that you can enjoy the landmarks of Bangkok at night. 

Which dinner cruise is the best in Bangkok? Actually there is no the best one for everyone. However you may need to select a dinner cruise operator that suit your need. We would like to suggest 3 important factors that enable you to select the one suit your preference.

  1. Pricing: The price of dinner cruises in Bangkok ranges from THB 700 (USD 25) to THB 3,000 (USD 100) is varied by the quality of fleets, service and food. 
  2. Food: The dinner cruise operators either providing International Buffet or Thai Set Menu. We highly suggest you to consider the food provided during the cruising to suit your need. For Khanitha Dinner Cruise providing authentic Thai cuisine serving Thai set menu, converting a rice barge made of teak wood to provide up to 24 passengers. It is a small cruise but provide luxurious 5 star rating service. For those cruises providing international buffet usually provides both Thai and International food. The Meridian Cruise is the one provides seafood and Japanese food that suit for seafood lover. For Chao Phrya Pricess Operator has 5 cruises daily operate for dinner cruise in Bangkok, one of them provide vegetarian and non vegetarian Indian Buffet Dinner. It is very popular among Indian tourists. 
  3. Pier:  Once you can select the best dinner cruise in Bangkok for you base on pricing you would prefer to pay, food type you would like to enjoy, then you shall concern which pier it is convenient for you to get there. 

Ticket2attraction gathers facts and information for you to consider when you would like to select to dine in river cruise and enjoy the illuminated landmarks located along the Chao Phrya River in Bangkok. How much do the dinner cruises in Bangkok cost? What kind of food do they provide during cruising? Which pier shall I go to get on the cruise? How Can I get to the pier? All cruises operate in Bangkok use the same route and pass the same landmarks located along the river. 

Which landmarks in Bangkok shall I pass when I take the Dinner Cruise along the Chao Phraya River? 

Chao Phraya River is the largest and the most important river in Thailand. Thai people used to live near the river bank since the ancient time. Two late and current capital cities were settle near Chao Phraya river which makes this river is important to Thai culture and history. It's the main trading route, national barrier and food source which build Thai civilization. Cruising along Chao Phraya River is a must do activity for every visitors while staying in Bangkok. You can absorb Thai culture through many historical landmarks of the city which once known as Venice of the East.

Important Landmarks along the river 

• Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) - First class royal monastery established in since 17th century. Famous for the beautiful architecture.
• The Grand Palace
• Wat Kalayanamitr - Royal monastery established in 1825
• Wat Rakang Kositaram - Royal monastery
• Phra Sumen Fort - Fortification established in 1783 to protect northern section of the outer moat
• Siriraj Bimuksthan Museum - Former Thonburi Station, the terminal railway station of southern line.

• Rama VIII Bridge - A cable-stayed bridge crossing over the Chao Phraya River
• Memorial Bridge - A bascule bridge crossing over the Chao Phraya River. Established in 1932
• ICONSIAM
• Asiatique the Riverfront

See a larger map here

 

Piers

In Bangkok, there are 3 major piers for Chao Phraya river dinner cruise. Which are 1. River city 2. ICONSIAM 3. Asiatiques the Riverfront 

Pier

Cruises

River City

   • Chao Phraya Princess 
   • Grand Pearl 
   • Wonderful Pearl 
   • White Orchid 
   • Supanniga

ICONSIAM

   • Chao Phraya Princess
   • Meridian

Asiatique the Riverfront

   • Chao Phraya Princess
   • Baan Khanittha

 

1. River City

River city is famous for antique shops and art gallery which attract many collector and trader from around the world. Also, it is the largest hub for river cruises such as Chao Phraya Princess, Grand Pearl, Wonderful Pearl.

  • Facilities:
    • Parking lots
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Art Gallery/Exhibition
    • Shops
    • Restaurants
  • Location:
  • How to go by public transportation: 
    • By Bus: Take bus no. 36, 93, 187
    • By Chao Phraya Express Boat: All boats stop at Si Phraya pier, then take 5 minutes-walk to River City

 

2. ICONSIAM

A large shopping mall you should visit while staying in Bangkok. This new landmark near Chao Phraya River is a center of luxury lifestyle including indoor floating market “Sook Siam”, luxury cinema, famous restaurants and brand name shops. Don’t miss the highlight Light and sound dancing fountain “ICONIC Multimedia Water Feature” during night time. One day is not enough to explore this gigantic mall.

  • Facilities:
    • Parking lots
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Indoor floating market
    • Brand name shops
    • Restaurants
    • Cinema
  • Location: 299 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600
    Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GF6QKUo5qZkLrsfG9
  • How to go by public transportation:
    • By BTS (Skytrain):
      From Saphan Taksin station – take free shuttle boat from Sathorn pier depart every 10 minutes
      From Krung Thonburi station - take free shuttle bus depart every 10 minutes
    • By Free Shuttle Boat:
      From Si Phraya pier (River City) - depart every 10 minutes
      From Sathorn pier - depart every 10 minutes
      From Wat Muang Khae peir (CAT tower) - depart every 10 minutes

 

3. Asiatique the Riverfront

The largest outdoor shopping complex near Chao Phraya River, Asiatique the Riverfront will gives you a feeling of the lively night market with many entertainment options for all of ages such as a large ferris wheel, show theatres and variety of restaurants. Also, there are 7 historical wonders of Asiatique the riverfront which awaiting for you to explore.

  • Facilities:
    • Parking lots
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Restaurants
    • Shops
    • Theatre
    • Ferris Wheel
  • Location: 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120
    Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/UeqP94hM2rhMnfC59
  • How to go by public transportation:
    • By BTS (Skytrain):
      From Saphan Taksin station – take free shuttle boat from Sathorn pier 

 

7 Dinner Cruises Information

Similarity

  • All cruises will use the same route and pass through all iconic landmarks along Chao Phraya River such as Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), The Grand Palace and Rama VIII Bridge.
  • Large size boat (Chao Phraya Princess, Grand Pearl, Wonderful Pearl, White Orchid, Meridian cruise)
    • Air conditioner on lower deck and open air on upper deck
    • Thai and International Buffet
    • Live band music with Thai Classical Dance
  • Small size boat (Supanniga, Baan Khanitha cruise)
    • Thai dinner set
    • Open air only
    • Private feeling

 

1. Chao Phraya Princess Cruise

Pier:
River City, ICONSIAM, Asiatique the Riverfront

Cruising time:
19:30-21:30 hrs. (River City & ICONSIAM pier)
19:15-21:15 hrs. (Asiatique the Riverfront pier)

Food:
Thai & International buffet
Indian & vegetarian buffet (Indian cruise)

What make this cruise different from the others?
• Indian cruise is available at ICONSIAM pier. Serving Indian and vegetarian buffet with Indian song.
• The largest fleet with 7 boats and operated from all 3 piers.

Book now!! https://www.ticket2attraction.com/th/discount-tickets/chao-phraya-princess-dinner-cruise/

 

2. Meridian Cruise

Pier:
ICONSIAM pier 2

Cruising time:
20:00-22:00 hrs.

Food:
Thai & International buffet

What make this cruise different from the others?
• Seafood is available on buffet line
• Free birthday cake upon request

Book now!! https://www.ticket2attraction.com/discount-tickets/meridian-cruise/ 

 

3. White Orchid River Cruise

Pier:
River City pier 1

Cruising time:
19:50-21:50 hrs.

Food:
Thai & International buffet

What make this cruise different from the others?
• Open top deck for 360 degree panoramic view
• Live cabaret show on board

Book now!! https://www.ticket2attraction.com/th/discount-tickets/white-orchid-river-cruise/

 

 Credit: www.whiteorchidrivercruise.com

 

4. Grand Pearl Cruise

Pier:
River City pier 2

Cruising time:
19:30-21:30 hrs.

Food:
Thai & International buffet

What make this cruise different from the others?
• Open top deck for 360 degree panoramic view
• Luxury decoration

Book now!! https://www.ticket2attraction.com/th/discount-tickets/grand-pearl-cruise/

 

 Credit: www.grandpearlcruise.com 

 

5. Wonderful Pearl

Pier:
River City pier 1

Cruising time:
19:30-21:30 hrs.

Food:
Thai & International buffet

What make this cruise different from the others?
• Largest dinner cruise on Chao Phraya River
• Open top deck for 360 degree panoramic view
• A large front deck
• Luxury decoration

Book now!! https://www.ticket2attraction.com/th/discount-tickets/wonderful-pearl-dinner-cruise/

  

Credit: www.wonderfulpearl.com

 

6. Supanniga Cruise

Pier:
River City pier 2

Cruising time:
19:30-21:30 hrs.

Food:
Thai set menu

What make this cruise different from the others?
• Small private feeling boat with 40 seats capacity
• One hour Cocktail/Champagne sunset cruise package available

Book now!! https://www.ticket2attraction.com/th/discount-tickets/supanniga-cruise/

 

 Credit: www.supannigacruise.com

 

7. Baan Khanitha Cruise

Pier:
Asiatique the Riverfront

Cruising time:
19:30-21:30 hrs.

Food:
Thai set menu

What make this cruise different from the others?
• Small private feeling boat with 50 seats capacity
• Typical Thai barges

Book now!! https://www.ticket2attraction.com/th/discount-tickets/baan-khanitha-cruise/

 Credit: www.baan-khanitha.com

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Booking Tips

• Advance booking is a required to get good seats.
• Most of the cruises check in time start at 18:30 hrs. We recommend to arrive at the pier early due to bad traffic during rush hour.
• The best way to avoid traffic is by taking BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin station which can connect to all 3 piers by shuttle boat.
• Dress code: Casual

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