Riva Surya Bangkok, a recently opened 68 room riverfront boutique hotel on the Chao Praya River, has created a special package for guests to enjoy the magnificent Royal Barge Procession, from 27-30 November. Riva Surya Bangkok is managed by SilverNeedle Hospitality.
Thailand’s Royal Barge Procession is a ceremony of both religious and royal significance which has been taking place for nearly 700 years. The exquisitely crafted Royal Barges are a blend of craftsmanship and traditional Thai art. The Royal Barge Procession takes place rarely, typically coinciding with only the most significant cultural and religious events. During the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, spanning over 60 years, the Procession has only occurred 16 times.
Today, the Royal Barge Procession consists of 52 barges – 51 historical barges, and the Royal Barge, the Narai Song Suban, which King Rama IX built in 1994. It is the only Barge built during King Bhumibol’s reign. These barges are manned by 2,082 oarsmen. The Procession proceeds down the Chao Phraya River, from the Wasukri Royal Landing Place in Dusit District, Bangkok, passes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace, Wat Po, and finally arrives at Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn).
Riva Surya Bangkok has created a special for guests to enjoy a riverfront view of this significant event. The actual event date is scheduled on Friday, November 9 from 1.00-5.00 pm with final dress rehearsal dates scheduled on Friday, November 2 and Tuesday, November 6. The packages are valid from November 1-3, November 5-7 and November 8-10 and are priced at Baht 11,224 (USD 375) for a single room and Baht 14,998 (USD 500) for a double or twin room. They include the following:
Additional nights are available at best available rate for applicable dates, and are inclusive of accommodation and breakfast. All rates are net, inclusive of service charge and Government taxes.
Source = Riva Surya Bangkok