The Bangkok shore excursions always include a visit to the Royal Barges Museum. There was a time in the capital of Kingdom, the Chao Phraya and its tributaries were its important avenues which mean main transport is the boat for Thai people, and even royalty. Nowadays, royal barges are only used in ceremonies. If you’re curious, a splendid collection of barges awaits you here.
Lying on the banks of a canal linked the grand Chao Phraya River, the Royal Barges Museum is a floating museum boasting impressive ornate barges. Usually, tourists will embark on the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Wang Lang Pier, then have a short walk to reach there. The museum is also an optional stop on long-tail boat itinerary through Thonburi’s canals. Although tourists just find eight of Thailand’s unique vessels in the museum, the elaborate decoration and the sheer size of the boats are very mind-blowing. It needs up to 50 specially trained oarsmen to row the boats. Carved from huge pieces of teak, each boat features gilded prow decorated with mythical creatures and intricate details. The artistry and attention to detail are beyond amazing. Furthermore, tourists will be provided a lot of interesting reading that explains the symbolism of the decoration of the barges and the processes that lead up to a ceremony.
Pictures cannot capture the beauty of these royal barges. You just have to see them in person and pray your camera captures the finite details. One tip for you: Bangkok is hot all the time and after the tour, head to a fun little bar named “We have soft drink” and enjoy a short break! More information and more lovely friends.