Thursday, 25 April 2013

Loy Nava Dinner Cruise, Bangkok

Since I'm in Bangkok solely for business, I didn't have much time to go to any tourist spots. So, please don't ask me where and what about Bangkok, unless it's related to shopping. Haha..

So, I took one night from the whole trip to go relax and have a nice dinner. And since Bangkok is famous for its river, Chao Phraya, I've decided to enjoy a dinner cruise. There are lots of cruise in Bangkok, but I found a lot of recommendation to Loy Nava Dinner Cruise, so what the heck, I'll just go for it.

Reservation can be made online. Payment can be made when you're on the boat. It costs 1400 baht-1850 baht depending on the package that you selected. Loy Nava arranges a bus to pick you up from your hotel to the Si Phraya jetty. So, don't worry about how you're going to get to the jetty. Just make sure you leave your contact number, or your hotel contact number. They will give u a buzz when they arrived at your hotel. Mine was beyond punctual, they stated 7pm in the email, but the driver arrive at the lobby 6:30pm. Click here to visit their website.

When I saw the boat at the jetty, I was skeptic. The boat looks so wobbly compared to the other boats cruising by. It looks like a big old sampan. But after I boarded the boat, those feelings just disappear. The interior and setting feels like a traditional royal thai feast. A very authentic environment. After every guest settled down, we start our cruise down Chao Phraya.


We started off with appetisers, which is Satay.Oh yea, there are 17 tables on the boat. 15 tables of guest are mostly from Europe. So I did feel a tiny bit awkward. So, when they served satay, everyone was so anxious, I was like "oh, satay". Next, we had soup, Tom yam Gong and coconut soup. Apparently, the food on the cruise have been commercialise, and the spiciness of the tom yam have been reduced to its minimal. Suitable for foreigners who are not used to spicy food. However, its flavour is still great and if you're a chilli-loving Malaysian like me, they do provide you with lots of spices to spice up your food.

While waiting for our food, we get to enjoy the night view of Bangkok. The owner of Loy Nava is a very pleasant man, he personally come to welcome us table by table and asked of our how-about all thought the dinner, making sure we have the best service he could provide. He gave every guest a map of the Chao Phraya river with all the tourist attraction all stated out along with some historical information. And it was given to us as souvenirs. And throughout the whole cruise, he was our very own personal tour guide. I couldn't take any good picture without a DSLR which i did not bring. So here's a couple of crappy photo.

The main course was served. Its's very similar to Malaysian seafood, just that it's drizzle in thai sauce. Tasted good. There are 3 options actually. All Thai, half Thai half seafood and Vegetarian. I opted for the second menu. The mussels were my favourite. In between, there were also some traditional Thai dance performance to entertain the guest.

The boat have reached the end of the it course and it's time to turn back. Dessert was served on the way back. And it was starting to get windy as we went back. I guess we were going against the current. We did stop by a couple of tourist attractions and this time the boat was nearer to it for all the guest to take a better picture of it. Here's one that I took of Wat Arun.

The cruise took about two hours to go back and forth. Though it's not as glamorous as the other cruise, but I think you'll get a full Thai experience on Loy Nava. Amazing service. Friendly staff. Good food. Great environment and memorable tour. Definitely worth the money. 4/5 stars!!