If you’re seeking an authentic Chiang Mai experience that combines tranquility, local culture, and the beauty of the Ping River, look no further than the Nam Jai River Cruise. The name “Nam Jai” translates to “water from the heart” in Thai, embodying the spirit of kindness and warmth that awaits you on this unique journey. This antique teak rice barge, lovingly restored and designed for comfort, sets the stage for an unforgettable adventure. Departing from the resort’s private pier, Long Muan, meaning “fun sailing” in the local Lanna dialect, the Nam Jai cruise offers two enticing itineraries to choose from.
Setting Sail: Sunrise Cruise
Explore the melting pot of cultures and savor local delights
Wat Ket Karam: A Cultural Blend
The sunrise cruise begins at 9:00 am, taking you to the nearby Wat Ket Karam. This ancient community in Chiang Mai is a captivating blend of cultures, with Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, and Sikh places of worship standing side by side. Guests have the unique opportunity to engage with Buddhist monks and participate in a traditional merit-making ceremony.
Culinary Delights at Lung Kajohn
Afterward, cross the road to discover a hidden gem now celebrated in the Michelin guide – Lung Kajohn. This unassuming roadside stall serves delectable bite-sized steamed rice dumplings known as Khao Kriab Pak Moh. It’s a chance to indulge in local flavors and savor the city’s culinary secrets.
Khua Khaek Pedestrian Bridge
Conclude your morning with a leisurely stroll to the picturesque Khua Khaek pedestrian bridge. From this vantage point, enjoy stunning views of the river and the majestic Doi Suthep in the distance. It’s a picture-perfect moment to capture the essence of Chiang Mai.
Twilight Voyage: A Magical Evening
An enchanting cruise with sparkling wine, canapés, and romance
As the day turns to dusk, embark on the twilight voyage at 5:00 pm. This is a magical time when the sky transforms into shades of ochre and pink, and the air becomes still.
Sail northward, passing beneath some of Chiang Mai’s iconic bridges and small temples. As you journey deeper into lush green landscapes, be captivated by the serene beauty that surrounds you.
Sparkling Wine and Canapés
Onboard, indulge in free-flowing sparkling wine and delectable canapés. Let the flavors tantalize your taste buds as you soak in the romance of the Ping River.
Immerse in the Real Chiang Mai
“At Anantara, we believe in immersing guests in the real destination,” says Pitak Norathepkitti, General Manager of the resort. “A river cruise is a distinctly Thai experience, as well the perfect way to observe local life and rhythms unobtrusively. Our new offering will be one of the most luxurious in Chiang Mai, and we are immensely excited to share it with our guests and locals alike.”
Cruise Details and Reservations
Plan your Nam Jai River Cruise experience
- Sunrise Cruise: Starting at THB 1,800++ per person
- Twilight Voyage: Starting at THB 2,800++ per person
Don’t miss the opportunity to embark on a journey that captures the heart and soul of Chiang Mai. Book your Nam Jai River Cruise and let the Ping River unveil its secrets in the most luxurious and authentic way possible.