BANGKOK: Tasting and Treasuring the Best of Siam’s Capital

To fully explore the best of Bangkok, climb aboard a restored 100-year-old rice barge and set sail along some spectacular sights. Prepare to be amazed...
BANGKOK: Tasting and Treasuring the Best of Siam’s Capital

To fully explore the best of Bangkok, climb aboard a restored 100-year-old rice barge and set sail along some spectacular sights. Prepare to be amazed as you pass the Grand Palace and Temple of Dawn on the Chao Phraya River. You will be on your way to some wondrous wonders in the old capital of Ayutthaya on your three-day/two-night voyage on a Manohra cruise. You and up to four guests can take charge of this two-bedroom stately river cruise for a relaxing and regal experience where you will be wined and dined all day and night long with fine feasts, tasty tea times and classic cocktails. You can even learn about the local culture by creating Thai dishes with the help of your onboard chef and impress everyone back home when you're able to tell them about Thailand's unique four-flavor combinations.

With a kitchen and chef on board, separate crew quarters, ensuite bathrooms and upper decks, you'll have sweet dreams of your spectacular vacation in your stately suite aboard the Manohra Dream. With detailed décor, such as mahogany and teak finishes, antiques, woven Thai silks and fresh flowers, the cruise evokes the splendor of Old Siam. From a Bronze Buddha to a 700-year-old temple, you'll go back in time – a time of grandeur – as you explore the sacred sites, which also include Wat Arun, Ayutthaya's Grand Palace, a neo-gothic temple, the ruins of Wat Mahathat, the Chao Sam Phraya National Museum, and heritage sites including the National Museum of Royal Barges.

Depart the Antara Riverside Bangkok Resort and delve into a world of Old World wonders, starting with the Wat Kanlayanamit, which was built in the 1800s during the reign of King Rama III. This temple will seem relatively new after the rest of the slightly older sites you'll see! You'll feed fish at Wat Pathum Khong Ka, enjoy the sunset at Wat Samakkiyaram and pass the manmade island of Koh Kret in Nonthaburi Province, which is populated by one of Thailand's minority groups, the Mon people, who use the river's fine clay to create earthenware pots. 

No trip would be complete without a stop at Wat Bote where you can meet monks and explore the temple before touring Wat Panancherng, an old monastery that houses Thailand's largest ancient Buddha image. You'll be treated like royalty with a limousine transfer to Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, one of the 16 districts of Ayutthaya. You'll also trek to Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, one of the area's most intriguing Buddhist temples, and mingle at the local marketplace. 

The resort also offers daily dinner cruises if you want to take a slightly shorter tour on the water before heading back to sleep on steady ground. For an unforgettable evening, embark on a magical journey on the River of Kings where you can take in iconic landmarks and delicious Thai dishes. Dine on Tom Yum Goong and Massamun, or design your own menu for a private party. This will be an adventure to remember – and a tasty one! Set on the west bank of the Chao Phraya and surrounded by acres of lush greenery and ancient treasures, Antanara Riverside Bangkok and its cruise options offer romantic getaways you will treasure forever.

To experience the most scrumptious side of Bangkok, visit Banyon Tree's Vertigo, where you'll feel on top of the world on their rooftop terrace overlooking the lights of the city. Their grill and bar offers an authentic and delicious Asian dining experience. You'll be sure to have stars in your eyes as you sit under the stars high in the sky and sip on signature cocktails in Moon Bar's seductive yet laidback setting. Just beware: you might get vertigo from their Vertigo Sunset, composed of pineapple, cranberry and lime juices blended with Malibu. It's likely this will be the best cocktail you've ever had! 

From Beef Cheek to Australian Barramundi, your taste buds will hit the roof at this rooftop bar that features menu items you'll want to savor as much as the spectacular setting! Bite into the Fisherman's Bar where you can try their Imperial Caviar, Alaskan King Crab, Shucked David Herve Oysters, Salmon Sashimi and other seafood specialties. 

Spice things up with their Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Caramelized Fillet Red Snapper served with potato gratin, chives, mussels, baby spinach and apple or chomp on the butcher's cut prime beef and Kurobuta Pork Chops, which will have you licking your chops. Vegetarian options and sweet treats such as Chocolate Pave with Caramelized Bananas and Vertigo Lemon Verbena Crème Brûlée will ensure you have a super sweet time in this Bangkok hot spot.

Set your eyes on their set feasts and choose from the Vertigo set, vegetarian set or Vertigo chef's table where you can select three to seven perfectly paired courses. From Sugar Cured Australian Beef Romp to Poached Eggs on Onion Tart, there is something palatable for every palate. This rooftop is more than just a pretty space – they offer seriously satisfying eats that make for a very satisfying stay! 

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