Ancient houses and temples with hidden history are empirical evidence of Thai cultural heritage that lurks along Chao Phraya River. The River, which is the great river of Bangkok and Central Thailand, is where less people has the opportunity to see the beauty of these architectures at night.
Songfangklong Cruise would like to offer a special cruising route that takes you to enjoy these rich and precious heritage with a sense of privacy. On the architecturally stunning cruising route, we’ll start from our pier at Khin Lom Chom Saphan Restaurant where you may want to try some delicious dishes before embarking on the cruise to enjoy the scenery while cruising along Chao Phraya River. Or, just order those dishes to have on the cruise, instead.
Leaving the pier, our Songfangklong Cruise will take you down to the South of Chao Phraya River. The route will pass the historical and cultural landmarks like Wat Phra Kaew and The Grand Palace which reflect the history and root of Thai people. They will be clearly visible on the left hand side when you are on the cruise.
On the right hand side, there’s an ancient temple with long history since the beginning of Rattnakosin era. Also, there’s a story of one important person connected with this temple like Somdej Phromrangsi. This certainly is Wat Rakhang Kositaram Woramahawihan or Wat Rakhang, in short. The temple that we can see prominently at night from the gleaming of light.
A bit away from the Emerald Buddha Temple (Wat Phra Kaew), our cruising route will pass two more important temples of Rattanakosin era. The first one is Wat Phra Chetupon Wimon Mangkalaram or Wat Pho which is under the patronage of the monarchy of Chakri dynasty. It is truly the temple built by the King. Another ancient temple is Wat Chaeng or, in its full name, Wat Arun Ratchawararam which is located on the opposite side of Wat Pho. The appearance of its center Prang (Pagoda) stands like a glory of architectural knowledge and the root of cultural idea passed on from generation to generation.
Stepping away from Thai architecture and Buddhist temples, we will travel through Western style building situated among those Thai style buildings. That building is one of the most important Christian landmarks in Bangkok and is taken as the evidence of the existence of Christianity since Thonburi era. The building is Santa Cruz Church with stunning pink color that we will notice the bell tower from distance.
Passing under the bridge of Phra Phuttha Yodfa, this old bridge has been opened since the reign of King Rama VII and still in use. Along the route, we will pass many historic landmarks of Bangkok such as Chinese community in Klong Sarn and Talad Noi far until we reach our final destination where it used to be the warehouse of East Asiatic Company or to be known as Asiatique the Riverfront, presently. At this point, you will be impressed with the splendid scenery of Chao Phraya River bend before we loop back to our pier at Khin Lom Chom Saphan Restaurant.
Our journey takes approximately 1.45 hours to 2 hours in one trip. For those who want to cruise on Chao Phraya River and enjoy fascinating Chao Phraya River view, Songfangklong Cruise can offer what you are looking for and more to ensure your night to be super special.