Loy Nava Dinner Cruise
A luxury rice barge journey into Thai culture & the Thai heart
Five star dining, traditional culture and touring, on the only antique teak-wood rice barge on the river in Bangkok. Experience first-class Thai hospitality and delicious food from around Thailand in the comfort and tranquility of this luxury, open-air cruise.
Loy Nava Cruise
Almost forty years ago, an American engineer, Botter Reeves, working at IBM in Bangkok, was asked to arrange dinner on the river for some visiting executives. He hired an old rice barge, placed some planks of wood across the boat and brought some food on board.
The executives had such a good time that Botter started to think about the possibilities of a business based around the concept. He bought a 30 year-old rice barge, made of exceptionally high quality solid teak wood, and totally converted it, constructing two decks of teak, adding various teak carvings and adornments, which he commissioned, and a seven layer roof made of traditionally woven split bamboo skins (over 100,000 in number). Two powerful engines and generators were added to provide failsafe propulsion although the boat was designed to be able to be run on a single engine, if necessary. Thus, the first dinner cruise barge commenced business on the Chao Phraya River.
Over the years numerous refinements have been made during the annual two-week dry dock overhaul that takes place in the low season. It is estimated that 700,000 persons have dined on-board the vessel, including numerous heads of state, royalty and international celebrities. It remains the only authentic antique rice barge operating on the river.
Rates [Valid 01-NOV-2016 - 31-OCT-2017]Inclusions:
Complimentary Pick-up/Drop-Off on main hotel routes in Central Bangkok.(Join-in group basic)
Thai Traditional Set Menus (Each menu is four appetizers, one soup, five main courses, a platter of seven dishes of Thai desserts and fruits, tea/coffee, bottled water).
Special arrangements available for guests with dietary restrictions & we offer Halal food for Muslims
Welcome aboard with traditional water sprinkling ceremony
Presentation of a jasmine garland to each guest
Cool scented refreshing towels
Souvenir booklet with reproduction of Thai river life painting, map of river with pictures of key historical sites, and history of each site available in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Danish and Japanese
Live kim music
Thai classical dancing (three short sets)
VAT 7% and all Government taxes (no service charge)
Transfer from-to Hotel.
Roundtrip transfer by Minibus (join-in) = THB 0 / person
Roundtrip transfer by private car = THB 1,200 / car
Roundtrip transfer by private van = THB 1,600 / van
Soft drinks or other refreshments during dinner
Tips or Gratuities
For children under 4 years old will be Free of charge.
For children 5-13 years old we charge 50% of the price that calculate from a total number of adult pax.
For children over 14 years old we charge normal price.
Tip: Above rates not applicable for festive days; Loy Kratong, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year Eve and Valentine Day.