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Before roads were built to link Bangkok with Ayutthaya, Thailand’s former capital, Thai people preferred to build their homes along the Chao Phraya River. Mekhala is a collection of two elegantly restored, beautifully crafted rice barges, which provide relaxing river cruises between Bangkok and the UNESCO world heritage city of Ayutthaya. The overnight journey retraces the paths of former royal processions between these two cities. Revisit the Old Siam and discover the unique way of life along the Chao Phraya River from the deck.

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Offering luxury cabin cruises on the River of Kings, the Chao Phraya, cruising between Bangkok and Ayutthaya. Experience the best of Thailand’s ancient and modern capitals from the luxury of a Secret Cruise. Contact the Secret Retreats concierge on to reserve your cruise and to plan and book your pre and post cruise itinerary.



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Your Host and The Team

“I would like to welcome all passengers onboard to experience a traditional rice barge that cruises along the banks of the Chao Phraya River from Bangkok towards the former capital Ayutthaya and vice versa. Our carefully selected itinerary showcases life from yesteryear. Share your impressions with other passengers whilst sipping a cocktail on the deck as you float by inspirational landscapes. It is a lifetime experience.”



Cabins (6 units)

  • Cabins (6 units)
  • Cabins (6 units)
  • Cabins (6 units)
Cabins (6 units)
All cabins feature one double bed, individually controlled air conditioning, and a private bathroom.

Facilities and Highlights


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Facilities and Highlights

  • Mekhala Rice Barge highlight
  • Mekhala Rice Barge highlight

  • Main deck: On the main upper deck, open and shaded areas provide casual lounge-style seating and star-lit dining for intimate groups of 2 or 4, or a party of up to 25 guests.
  • Bar & Cuisine: Savour delightful Thai cuisine, snacks and drinks in the covered dining area or alfresco under the stars.

Useful Information

Cruising Areas: Chao Phraya River between Bangkok and Ayutthaya
Length: 17.5m
Beam: 5 m
Number of Cabins: 6
Time zone: (GMT+07:00) Bangkok
Currency accepted: THB
Electricity voltage: 220V
Electricity plug type:  
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The embarkation point is in front of Wat Yannawa, just next to Saphan Taksin BTS and bridge.
Airport: Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) - 37 km
Airport: Don Muang Airport (DMK) - 30 km
Railway Station: National, Hua Lamphong Station - 3 km
MRT Station: Saphan Taksin Station - 0.3 km


“Indulge in a one or two night cruise onboard this newly restored 6-cabin rice barge as you sail along the River of Kings, between Bangkok and Ayutthaya.”
Kim, the discoverer.

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