Na Benjarong Bangkok River Cruise

Fine-Dining Bangkok Dinner Cruise

Na Benjarong dinner cruise combines a fantastic six-course Thai meal with a picturesque sail down the Chao Phraya River. This two-hour cruise is a sophisticated affair, very different from the larger and more boisterous buffet-type cruises that other operators offer.

While enjoying dinner, guests get to witness some of the most magnificent structures in Bangkok, such as the rounded stupas of Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Santa Cruz Cathedral and the glittering Grand Palace. 

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There is a timeless quality to Na Benjarong that sets it apart from the already numerous other cruises on offer in Bangkok. Namely, it is a genuine, converted rice barge made teak wood with a traditional Thai-style sloped roof, which, along with the excellent Thai cuisine, brings Thailand’s proud past to life.

Other unique points about this cruise we feel make it special include the pick-up and drop-off point at Asiatique Night Market, and the fact they offer not one, but two dinner cruises per night.  As well as the popular evening cruise from 20:00 offered by other operators, Na Benjarong also offers a sunset cruise from 18:00 to 20:00, which surprisingly has not been done before.  

The six-course dinner is simply fantastic. The menu was devised by celebrity television chef Tinee who has created a classic Thai dinner with impressive signature touches. To start there is a amuse bouche of minced chicken reduced in tom yum flavouring, served on a rice cracker. Soon after come the appetizers: four classic Thai dishes served in mini portions, so diners can experience some authentic fine-dining recipes from Thailand’s sizeable culinary heritage.

Sweet pomelo salad, poached prawn with lemongrass, Japanese aubergine in sweet tamarind and fiery nam tok beef mixed with mint, lime and red onion are all expertly prepared and served in miniature bowls. The soup course is a rich, yet balanced tom yum kung soup, served with a giant river prawn. Vegetarians will be pleased to note that a full six-course menu can be prepared for them. 

For the main course, guests can choose from a menu of six options. We try the Angus beef rib in a green curry reduction sauce that is succulent and tender, a chicken dish with charred lemongrass finish, grilled tiger prawns and a delicate salmon fillet in a light mango-flavoured cream.

Everyone was satisfied and, honestly, these dishes could be served in any of the best restaurants in Bangkok. After a palate cleansing lemon sorbet we finish with Na Benjarong’s signature custard dessert and the Thai classic: sweet mango and sticky rice with cocnut cream. Coffees were served as the bright lights of Asiatique came into view. 

Due to the deep hull, the boat does rock slightly more than the newer boats, but personally we loved the sensation of being on the calm river with the gentle sway adding to the experience. Na Benjarong has fewer tables than any other river cruise in Bangkok which makes for a more personal experience, and at the front of the boat there is an open air smoking area where it is easy to fall into conversation with other passengers or just enjoy the cooling evening breeze. Although, with the lights dimmed, the smooth music turned to whisper and the wine flowing, you can create a very romantic environment onboard this cruise.

To reach the pier at Asiatique Night Market guests are advised to take the free shuttle boat service from Sathorn Pier, directly in front of Saphan Taksin BTS Station. The shuttle boat takes 15 minutes to reach the market and leaves every 30 minutes starting from 16:00. Guests are advised to be at the waterfront of Asiatique a minimum of 10 minutes before departure time. 

Na Benjarong Bangkok River Cruise

  • Opening Hours: Sunset Cruise: 18:00 to 20:00
    Evening Cruise: 20:00 to 22:00
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