Loy Pela Voyages, Thailand’s newest private river cruise experience, sets sail along the ‘River of King’s’ taking passengers on a journey of Thailand’s bygone history – starting from modern day Bangkok through to the Kingdom’s enigmatic ancient capital of Ayutthaya.
Launching in January with a fleet of two state-of-the-art boats – Loy Dream and Loy River Song – the four-day journey to UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya is steeped in history and spirit of adventure. With Loy Pela boats at their private disposal, guests get round-the-clock butler attention, exquisite meals prepared by a private chef and in-depth local knowledge courtesy of a resident tour guide.
Ornately decorated with antiques and woven Thai silks to evoke the elegance of old Siam and interspersed with objets d’artes, the vessels allow guests to travel in air-conditioned comfort. Loy Dream, a magnificently restored 100-year-old rice barge, features two spacious staterooms, while the larger Long River Song has four.
Guided excursions, some on foot, others by car or a traditional long-tailed canoe, place travellers in the very heart of old Siam. With stops at the most scenic and historically important sites, such as Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok, Bang Kachao island, Wat Bang Kra Sob and terracotta-roofed Wat Panan Choen, guests acquire an intimate knowledge of this part of the country.
At Ayutthaya – once the largest city in the world – the ruins of soaring reliquary towers, imposing temples and palaces speak of the past grandeur. After the sundowners and gourmet dinner, guests retire for the night to the site of Wat Ni Wet, an exquisite temple on the grounds of the Bang Pa-in Palace.
Back on the boat, moments of calm contemplation and sunrise yoga on the sundeck are followed by energetic Muay Thai demonstrations, traditional dance performances.
Drawing on local culture and inspired by the journey itself, five-star Loy Pela chefs present a daily-changing menu of exquisite culinary creations ranging from Royal Thai to contemporary European cuisine. For a night, Thai celebrity chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn of Le Du Bangkok restaurant creates a menu that brings a touch of Michelin-star theatrics to the experience. From afternoon tea to sunset cocktails to decadent brunch featuring Canadian lobsters, oyster bar and caviar paired with fine wines, Loy Pela Voyages take pride in showcasing the best of Thai hospitality.