Our last destination in Thailand is Bangkok. We flew from Chiang Rai airport in the morning and reached Bangkok at around noon. Took a rest in our hotel and head over to Icon Siam for the Chao Phraya river cruise.
Chao Phraya is the major river in Thailand and it is an iconic symbol of Bangkok which has a rich history, acting as a gateway to some of the capital’s most prestigious attractions.
The importance of Chao Phraya River stretches as far back as the 15th century. People gather here for its fertile lands. Since ancient times, it has played the role of a transport route which connecting the south and north of Thailand. The Thai capital was later relocated from Ayutthaya to the Chao Phraya banks, now known as Bangkok or Krung Thep in Thai.
Getting on a cruise is a must-do in Bangkok. There are many options to choose from. We did a buffet cruise dinner with Princess Cruise. The cruise offers a wide range of selection of food from Thai, Japanese sushi sashimi, and western.
We booked our tickets online. At around 6 pm we went to the counter in Iconsiam to exchange our tickets. The waiting point is at pier 2. The table is assigned so there is no worry you can’t get a nice seat with view.
There is fountain and lights show in front of Icon Siam near the pier so watch that before you board your cruise.
There is an upper and lower deck and we booked the upper deck. The upper deck was my favorite spot to enjoy the breeze and Bangkok scenery along the river.
The cruise provides live entertainment for 2 hours trip, live music with a female singer from the Philippines.
The cruise serves a welcome drink on the table. No alcohol and other drinks except water are provided for free. You can go to the bar to get alcohol and other soft drink.
You have sufficient time to eat and lot of food as they do refill from seafood to desserts. After your meal, you can enjoy the beautiful view and enjoy the beautiful music and join in the dance.
Let’s talk a little about Iconsiam, this is one of the largest shopping malls in Asia which only opened in 2018. You realised things here are posh but still affordable for Singaporeans.
ICONSIAM is not only home to over 7,000 brands from around the world, but it is also a new and leading food destination with over hundreds of eateries all across every floor.
ICONSIAM is truly a heaven for foodies and most importantly, each zone offers a distinctive charm and gorgeous views you won’t find anywhere else to go along with their delicious variety of foods.
We were at the G floor only but we already felt that we were in paradise for food, which include local authentic dishes from every region plus international. We could not try all because we have to reserve our stomachs for our dinner on the cruise.
Where to stay in Bangkok : Centre Point Silom Hotel Bangkok
Centre Point Hotel Silom, is near the beautiful Chao Phraya River and IconSiam but need to take a grab to reach IconSiam.
The room was clean and spacious, super functional, and fit all our needs. The location is super close to the central pier on the river. It’s also well located with a department store, grocery store, restaurants, and street food right downstairs.