A cruise on the Ping River is relaxing and comes with the added bonus of revealing a facet of Chiang Mai not visible from land. The Ping River dinner cruises combine the chance of enjoying traditional Thai fare with a backdrop of the city and its historic temples and chedis. The What’s Up recommended the operators for your best dining cruise experience follows.
Last Updated: November 2018
Mae Ping River Cruise provides a choice of three packages which enable travellers to gain insights into Chiang Mai and its traditions. The standard cruise is two hours long and departs from a pier at Wat Chai Mongkol Temple. The destination is the Thai Farmer’s House where the chance of sampling delicious juices and khao soi curry noodles awaits. Wiang Kum Kam is the second cruise option and includes a horsedrawn carriage tour of the ancient temples. A dinner cruise is the final option. All packages come with free transfers from hotels in central Chiang Mai.
Mae Ping Riverside: #133 Charoenprathet Road | Open: 08:00-17:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 243 239 | Website
The Riverside Restaurant is a long established international eatery close to Narawat Bridge. The Riverside offers dinner cruises every evening. Diners board the Riverside cruiser at the restaurant’s private jetty 75 minutes before the 20:00 sailing. This gives the crew time to take orders from the restaurant’s menu and the chefs to prepare it. Options cover all the Thai and Northern favourites with Pad Thai fried noodles, Chiang Mai Hors d’oeuvres and Geng Keow Wan green curry among the choices. The dinner cruise is 75 minutes long.
Riverside Restaurant: #9-11, Charoenrat Road | Open: 10:00-01:00 (Daily) | Tel: +66 53 243 239 | Website