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Previously a traditional Thai rice barge transporting cargos of rice, sugar and sand up-river from Bangkok to remote riverside towns, this boat was later converted into a touring riverboat. Today, it has been re-modelled into a luxury private river cruising vessel. The approach to its new design honours traditional Thai architectural materials. It features a handsome hull and deck of solid wood, a timber shingled and natural woven bamboo grass covered roof, timber panelling, woven rattan, and luxurious modern-day amenities on both the upper and lower decks.

Rates from 4,300 USD in private charter for a 1-night cruise on the Chao Phraya between Bangkok and Ayutthaya (2 double cabins available)

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Your Host and The Team

“Welcome onboard the luxury rice barge NAMTHIP. It is a unique floating home experience. Some 50 years back, this vessel transported rice from the North of Thailand to the central part of the country. Since then, it has seen various transformations from rice barge to passenger boat with 10 cabins but without an engine (back then it was towed by another boat), to a cruise ship with 8 cabins, to today’s luxury cruiser with just 2 air-conditioned cabins. I wish you a wonderful journey and an amazing voyage along the banks of the Chao Phraya River.”



Cabins (2 units)

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Cabins (2 units)
Below deck, two large guest suites provide generous onboard accommodation. Both suites include separate bathrooms finished with European fittings. Air conditioners are artfully concealed, and glazed windows can be opened to allow full natural cross-ventilation and daylight as desired. The master suite can also be converted into a meeting room setting for onboard entertaining or small group conferences. All elements of the boat, from the mechanical to onboard safety equipment, are specified to the highest levels of quality.

Facilities and Highlights


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Facilities and Highlights

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  • 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 30 guests.

  • Cuisine: Savour delightful 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: 2
Total number of rooms: 2
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


“Namthip is a 2-cabin rice barge that is available for private charters (cocktail, dinner cruise or overnight cruise) between Bangkok and Ayutthaya. The friendly Thai crew look after all your needs, while you decide the pace you want to cruise and the places to stop.”
Kim, the discoverer.

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