Mekhala New Discoveries

New Discoveries of the Thai Ways of Life and a Charming Community

The Chao Phraya River or the River of Kings has played a vital role in shaping the history of Thailand for centuries. It has served as a source of life for the country’s agricultural sector, provided a significant channel of communications and transportation and protected its cities from invaders. Furthermore, it has made a profound contribution in shaping Thai culture and ways of life.

Starting from 15th of April, our guests on board the Mekhala will have an opportunity to have a closer look at the way of life of Thais. Both the upstream and downstream boat tours will include a stop at the local fresh market of Phathum Thani and the old riverside community of Baan Saladeang.

Located on the riverbank of the Chao Phraya, the Phathum Thani market is the best place to observe everyday life of Thai people, find exotic fresh produce and have a real taste of Thai food and sweets. At Baan Saladeang, local villagers, whose Mon ancestors moved from Myanmar to Bangkok in the 19th century, not only famously maintain their traditions and language but also help each other in keeping their community clean and environmental friendly.

The upstream cruise starts in Bangkok and ends at Bang Pa-In Palace, Ayutthaya. The downstream cruise departs from Bang Pa-In Palace and finishes at Wat Yannawa, Bangkok.

Click here to learn about Mekhala New Discoveries.