The Chao Phraya River looks fabulous at night, when most of the noisy longtails have stopped terrorizing the ferries, and the riverside temples and other grand monuments – including the Grand Palace and Wat Arun – are elegantly illuminated. Joining one of the nightly dinner cruises along the river, especially one of the converted, wooden rice-barges listed below, is a great way to appreciate it all. Call ahead to reserve a table and check departure details – some cruises may not run during the rainy season (May–Oct).
t02 437 4932, wloynava.com. The original, 40-year-old converted rice-barge service still departs Si Phraya pier twice nightly, at 6pm and 8.10pm, with pick-ups at Tha Sathorn possible. Thai, seafood or vegetarian meal, accompanied by live traditional music and dancing. B1300, including hotel pick-up in central Bangkok.
t02 476 0022 ext 1416, wmanohracruises.com. Beautiful converted rice-barge operated by the Anantara Riverside Resort, south of Taksin Bridge in Thonburi, serving Thai set dinners. Departs hotel at 7.30pm, returning 10pm, with pick-ups at Tha Sathorn possible. From B1400.
t02 222 8679, wwanfahcruise.com. Wooden rice-barge-style boat that departs River City at 7pm, returning at 9pm, with Thai classical dancing, and a choice of a Thai or seafood set menu. B1200, including hotel pick-up in central Bangkok.