Anantara Chiang Mai Resort’s new river barge, the Nam Jai, is available for both group and private cruises along the Ping River. It will feature two itineraries for guests to choose from.
The Nam Jai is an antique teak rice barge which has been restored by hand and outfitted with comfortable seating for eight. Cruises will set off from the resort’s newly built private pier, Long Muan, which means “fun sailing” in the local Lanna dialect.
The sunrise cruise departs at 09.00 for the nearby Wat Ket Karam where guests will have the opportunity to make merit with the Buddhist monks, then cross the road to snack at the simple roadside stall Lung Kajohn which serves up delicious bite-sized steamed rice dumplings, Khao Kriab Pak Moh. From there, it is a short stroll to the pedestrian bridge of Khua Khaek for views of the river and Doi Suthep in the background.
The twilight voyage departs at 17.00, sailing north past some of the city’s most iconic bridges, and small temples. Guests enjoy free-flow sparkling wine and canapés.
Prices start from 1,800 baht (US$49) per person for the sunrise cruise and 2,800 baht per person for the twilight voyage.
For more information, visit Anantara Chiang Mai Resort.