With so many Chao Phraya River Cruise options competing for your choice, how do you determine which is the right one for you? Read our detailed selection guide that will help you choose a perfect Chao Phraya River Cruise that best fits your needs!


1. Overview of the top 9 Chao Phraya River Cruises

Meetup LocationCruiseTime
River City PierWhite Orchid River Cruise7:45 PM
Apsara Dinner Cruise8 PM
Chao Phraya Princess Cruise *7:30 PM
Grand Pearl Cruise5:30 PM / 7:30 PM
Wan Fah Dinner Cruise7 PM
Si Phraya Express Boat PierLoy Nava Dinner Cruise6 PM / 8:10 PM
Shangri La HotelShangri La Horizon Dinner Cruise7 PM
ASIATIQUE The RiverfrontYodsiam Boat6:30 PM / 8 PM
Anantara Riverside PierManohra Dinner Cruise7:30 PM

Many of the Chao Phraya River cruises depart from the River City Pier but not all of them. Consider which pier and schedule would be the most convenient for you.Β 

* Chao Phraya Princess Cruise has 2 more departure piers – Icon Siam Pier (7:30 PM), Asiatique Pier (7:15 PM). Hotel transfer/Indian buffet is only available on cruises departing from River City Pier.


2. Course Meals or Buffet Meals? And cruise type?

Dinner TypeCruiseMenu
BuffetWhite Orchid River CruiseThai / Western
Chao Phraya Princess CruiseThai / International / Indian
Grand Pearl CruiseThai / International
Shangri La Horizon Dinner CruiseThai / International
Yodsiam Boat (Snack & Drinks)Unlimited beer, soft drinks, snacks and fruit
Course MealApsara Dinner CruiseThai
Wan Fah Dinner CruiseThai / Seafood
Loy Nava Dinner CruiseThai traditional / Thai seafood / Thai vegetarian
Manohra Dinner CruiseThai

Dinner Type is another important factor to decide the dinner cruise. Some people prefer a buffet meal over a course meal because you can eat quality food as much as you like. But some people like course meals better because you can have a more relaxing and cozy time during dinner.

Buffet cruises are the modern type of cruise while the course meal cruises are traditional rice barge. They are smaller than the modern cruises but definitely have a more classical vibe to it.


3. Is a hotel pick-up/drop-off service available?

Transfer ServiceCruise
AvailableWhite Orchid River Cruise
Chao Phraya Princess Cruise
Grand Pearl Cruise
Wan Fah Dinner Cruise
Loy Nava Dinner Cruise
Not availableApsara Dinner Cruise
Shangri La Horizon Dinner Cruise
Yodsiam Boat
Manohra Dinner Cruise

The public transit to the piers is a bit complicated except for the Shangri La Hotel. The hotel is actually very close to Saphan Taksin BTS station. But the other piers such as River City Pier, Si Phraya Express Boat Pier, ASIATIQUE Pier, and Anantara Riverside Pier are quite far from BTS or MRT stations so you have to get on a Chao Phraya Express Boat to get to the piers.

Thus, it is a great idea to go for a dinner cruise which offers a transfer service. It will pick you up & drop you off at the hotel you are staying so you don’t have to worry about traveling part and just relax.


Now was this helpful enough to find your best choice?

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One thought on “Chao Phraya River Cruise Selection Guide

  1. Any recommendation which cruise and buffet is really nice? Cannot decide to choose white, shangrila or chao phraya.

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