Loy Nava Dinner Cruises Bangkok
On the river since 1970

The river in Bangkok - sights en route

The Grand Palace/Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The most visited site in Thailand, the Grand Palace, with over 100 buildings on a site of almost one square mile, covers the architectural and cultural history of the country, since the time of the founding of Bangkok in 1782. It remains the preeminent symbol of the monarchy and is used for many royal ceremonies. The Emerald Buddha, revered as a symbol of Buddhism, is believed to have originated in India or Sri Lanka 2000 years ago and having followed a path through Cambodia, Northern Thailand and Laos was taken in a convoy of 200 boats by King Taksin to the new capital at Thonburi, where it rested in Wat Arun, prior to being transferred across river, upon the establishment of Bangkok as the capital.

NOTE: If visiting the Grand Palace please beware of people posing as officials stating that the site is closed. They are agents of gem scam companies seeking to entice one to gem scam shops. For information go to Gem Scams.

The Oriental Hotel. Regularly voted the "world's best hotel", the premises have undergone radical expansion in the past 20 years. There has been a hotel on this site since 1865. The European style building was constructed by H.N. Andersen in 1884. The hotel has served as a temporary home for numerous famous writers including Somerset Maugham and Joseph Conrad. The shadow sometimes cast upon the hotel comes from its towering competitor on the other side of the river - The Peninsula Hotel of Hong Kong fame.

Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn). There had been a Chinese temple on this site during the Ayuthaya period called Wat Cheng. The temple served as the royal chapel during the reign of KingTaksin. King Rama II designed the current wat, which was not finished, due to the problems of building on the soft soil until the time of King Rama III. It is named after the Indian god of dawn, Aruna, and represents Mount Neru - the center of the universe. The four smaller towers around its base symbolize the worlds oceans, and the four pavilions symbolize the four winds. The decoration, as with many of the older wats in Bangkok, comes from broken glass and ceramics used as ballast on Chinese merchant vessels coming to Thailand.

The Royal Barges. Used on special royal occasions, the boathouse has eight unique royal barges on display. Each boat is hand-crafted from a single piece of teak and decorated with gold, shimmering pieces of glass and creatures from mythology. Up to fifty oarsmen row each barge wearing period uniforms when the boats are in use, and this rare and spectacular event is televised nationally in Thailand.

Major sites of interest seen on the Loy Nava Dinner Cruise

Seen from the right side of the boat:
Outbound Homebound
1. Assumption Cathedral
23. Bangyikhan Distillery
2. East Asiatic Company Building
24. The Royal Barge Open Museum
3. The Oriental Hotel
25. Thonburi Railway Station
4. French Embassy
26. Siriraj Hospital and Medical School
5. Old Customs House
27. Khunyng Supatra’s Home
6. Portuguese Embassy
28. Wat Rakang Kositharam
7. River City
29. The Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun)
8. Holy Rosary Church
30. Vichai Prasit Fortress
9. Tha Ratchawong/Chinatown
31. Wat Galayanamitr
10. Pak Klong Talad Market
32. Santa Cruz Church and School
11. Rachini School
33. Muslim Mosque
12. Prince Chakrabongse House
34. Wang Lee House
13. Tha Tien
14. Wat Pho
15. The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
16. Wat Mahathat
17. Thammasat University
18. Phra Sumane Fort
19. HM Queen Sirikit’s family home
20. Royal Boat House
21. Wat Rachathiwat
22. French Church of the Immaculate Conception  
The itinerary may be adjusted or modified without notice, subject to prevailing wind and tide conditions.

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