Loy River Song
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.
Itineraries & Prices
AM: Depart from the pier at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. Once on board, we are pleased to welcome you with a refreshing herbal drink. After a brief introduction of the crew, we set sail on a journey of fascinating discoveries to Ayutthaya.
PM: Leisurely cruise with lunch served on the boat. Sunset cocktails overlooking Wat Niwet Thammaprawat. One of the most intriguing temples in the region. Travelling to Wat Bot.
Dinner is served on the boat.
Overnight at Wat Bot.
AM: Enjoy Brunch while traveling back to Bangkok.
PM: Arrive at the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort pier.
Am: Depart from the pier at Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. Once on board, we are pleased to welcome you with a refreshing herbal drink. After a brief introduction of the crew, we set sail on a journey of fascinating discoveries. Arrive at the magnificent Temple of the Dawn, or Wat Arun; is one of the best-known temples in Bangkok and dates back to the ancient Ayuthaya period. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best-known of Thailand’s landmarks. The first light of the morning reflects off the surface of the temple with pearly iridescence. Although the temple had existed since at least the seventeenth century, its distinctive prang (spires) were built in the early nineteenth century during the reign of King Rama II. Leave Wat Arun at 12.30 hrs.
PM: After lunch is served on board, we continue taking a tuk-tuk ride (10 min) to the Sunandha Palace. The museum is a beautiful former Royal palace. t was used as a center of the art training for Royal women in ancient Siam. More recently, it was developed into a teaching training facility, then became Rajabhat Institute, and is now Suan Sunandha University. About a century ago, Suan Sunandha was regarded as the first royal culinary college for ladies of the court. Inspired by his experiences during his second visit to Europe, the king ordered the construction of a new royal residence with lush green gardens.
After that explore Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat Worawihan. “Wat Chaloem Phra Kita Worawihan”, which literally is “Glorified Grand Temple”, is an ancient temple more than 160 years old, situated in the Bang Si Mueang district in Nonthaburi. It was built in 1849 by King Nangklao (Rama III) in dedication to his mother (Queen Consort Sri Sulalai) and grandparents, who resided in the area. This temple has a unique characteristic that is unlike other temples in the country, as it is fortified like the walls of the Grand Palace. This once was the site of the old fort named “Pom Thapthim” before.
Overnight at Wat Boat.
AM: Breakfast then explore the canals of Ayutthaya by boat. A private boat trip around the historical island of Ayutthaya provides a relaxing way to see some of the most famous temples in the area. You’ll also have the chance to observe local life and people that live around the river and more recent, active Buddhist temples. Grab some great photo opportunities.
PM: Lunch. Explore Bang Pa In Palace. Take a short walk to the Bang Pa In Summer Palace. The original palace was built by King Prasat Thong on the island and was used as a country residence for the later kings of the Ayutthaya period. However, after the capital moved to Bangkok, Bang Pa In was abandoned for 80 years to be revived by King Rama V, who commanded the construction of additional theatres, temples, and monuments in a mixture of European, Chinese and Thai styles.
Explore Ayutthaya Historical town. Drive to Ayutthaya. When surrounded by these ruins, now listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, it’s not difficult to imagine the grandeur that once was the kingdom of Ayutthaya. While driving around we explore Wat Phra Sri Sanpetch with its three large bell-shaped stupas. Visit Wat Rat Burana, one of Ayutthaya’s most impressive Kmer-style temples, and look out for the head of Buddha trapped amidst the roots of a banyan tree at the famous Wat Mahathat.
Sunset cocktails followed by wine pairing dinner.
Overnight at Wat Niwet.
AM: Wake up on the final morning and bid farewell to Ayutthaya. Spend the entire day at leisure on deck with a lavish buffet brunch, brimming with gourmet Thai delicacies. Raise a glass of bubbly and toast an exceptional journey as you travel back to Bangkok.
PM: Arrive at the Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort pier.
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.