The Loy River Song Cruise delivers a lavish way to experience the ‘Land of Smiles’ along Thailand’s majestic Chao Phraya River. The vessel is an historic teak rice barge, which has been impeccably restored and reincarnated as an intimate river cruise ship that takes her cue from a bygone era of travel. You can expect graceful décor, white-glove hospitality ‒ including round-the-clock butler attention ‒ gourmet meals prepared by a private chef and the services of an expert tour guide well-versed in regional history.
Loy River Song offers four air-conditioned staterooms that vary in size from 290-sq-ft to 388-sq-ft, outfitted with precious antiques, vintage Thai silks, Jim Thompson fabrics, reading nooks and either king-size or queen-size beds, as well as en-suite bathrooms with double-vanities, dressing tables, Jim Thompson bathrobes, slippers and a choice of herbal soaps.
Each room accommodates a maximum of two guests, while two of the rooms have a private hallway with a connecting sliding door if families would like to stay together. Two of the staterooms have river views so you can watch life unfold from the comfort of your bed. The softest of linens and freshly cut flowers add to the dreamy ambiance.
Presented in a dining room that seats up to eight people and offers exceptional views of the water, the daily-changing Michelin starred menu by the acclaimed Thai chef, Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn, of Le Du Bangkok restaurant, features Royal Thai cuisine and European dishes, with locally sourced produce.
You can also look forward to afternoon tea and sunset cocktails served with canapés such as tiger prawn wrapped bacon, and coriander tofu skewer with peanut sauce. Decadent brunches feature delights such as Canadian lobsters, an oyster bar, and caviar paired with fine wines.
What To Expect On Board
The boat’s sophisticated interiors showcase traditional craftsmanship and regional influences evoking the heritage of old Siam with hand-printed wallpapers, original hardwood surfaces and low-slung furniture upholstered in lavish earthy hues with splashes of royal yellow, ocean blue and gold. Communal areas have been purposely designed to host sunrise yoga, Muay Thai demonstrations, traditional dance performances and other activities promoting cultural immersion.
Relish a traditional Thai massage, while you’re on board, administered by skilled therapists who will stretch and pull your body through a variety of poses to stimulate your blood flow, reduce stress, increase your flexibility and boost your energy.
On Shore Activities
Every day is filled with adventure, serendipitous moments and discoveries. Guided excursions might include cycling on Bang Kachao island, a tuk-tuk ride around the royal palaces, and walks around the UNESCO World Heritage Site ancient town of Ayutthaya. During your exploration of some of the region’s most spectacular sacred temples, you can participate in Thai rituals ranging from feeding the fish and encouraging the cycle of life, to making a donation to the monks.
Placing you in the very heart of old Siam, this epic and exceptionally private luxury river cruising experience is best enjoyed with extended families or groups of friends traveling together.
Suites & Cabins
The slightly smaller Yom twin suite, as with all cabins on board, is elegantly and tastefully appointed in a contemporary style with soothing accents, fresh flowers, plush pillows and deluxe linens. It features an ensuite bathroom with bathrobes, slippers, and a choice of herbal soaps.
It shares a private hallway with connecting sliding door to the largest Nan cabin if families would like to stay together.
The Wang suite is slightly larger than Yom, with a delightful duplex arrangement. Its King size bed faces its panoramic window, so you can take in the stunning scenery of the region whilst lying in bed.
Beneath the bedroom area, the ensuite bathroom can be found with access via its private stairwell.
Ping is only slightly smaller than the largest Nan cabin, spanning the entire width of the barge, with ample space for a cozy chair. One advantage it has over Nan is the arrangement of its King size bed, as it faces one of the two panoramic windows so you can take in views of the river from the comfort of your bed.
As with the Wang suite, the cabin is duplex in style with its bathroom located below the bed area, accessible via its private stairwell.
The Nan suite, located towards the bow of the barge, is the most spacious cabin on board, and—like the Ping suite—it too spans the entire width of the vessel. This extra space allows room for a cozy chair, and makes for a brighter, airier atmosphere as light floods in from the two panoramic landscape windows on either side. Unlike the Ping suite though it isn't duplex in nature, instead its huge ensuite bathroom also spans the entire width of the boat.
It shares a private hallway with connecting sliding door to the neighboring Yom cabin, making it ideal for families who wish to stay together.