Mekhala Rice BargeThailand/Mekhala+Rice+Barge

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.

Please click here to view full schedule for the Chao Phraya River cruises per cabin between Bangkok and Ayutthaya. Contact Secret Retreats concierge for all enquiries and to reserve your cruise or your stay pre/post cruise:


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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.


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Vessel Facilities & Highlights

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.

Your Host & 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.”

“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.

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.
Nearest Airport: Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK) - 37 km
Nearest Airport: Don Muang Airport (DMK) - 30 km
Nearest Railway Station: National, Hua Lamphong Station - 3 km
Nearest MRT Station: Saphan Taksin Station - 0.3 km