The Royal Barge Procession is a Bangkok institution, and there is no better way to enjoy it up close and personal then at the Playa Palazzo hotel. To celebrate His Majesty the King Bhumibol’s 84th birthday, Bangkok’s residents and visitors will have a unique chance to see the Royal Barge Procession on the Chao Phraya River, the ‘River of Kings.’ Praya Palazzo’s riverside location will provide guests front seats to witness this grand spectacle in style.
The Royal Barge Procession is an ancient tradition, dating back to the 13th century, which was revived by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1959. This procession is reserved for nationally auspicious occasions and has taken place only sixteen times since then. The last time was in June 2006 for the diamond jubilee celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of His Majesty’s accession to the throne.
On 22 October, the Royal Kathin procession will consist of a fleet of 52 traditional-style barges. They will be arranged in five columns, based on a battle formation from ancient times, stretching 1,280 metres in length and 110 metres across and requiring 2,200 sailors from the Royal Thai Navy. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will preside over the celebrations on behalf of His Majesty the King.
The Royal Barge Procession is truly a breathtaking spectacle: watching these 52 barges gliding down the Chao Phraya River remains awe inspiring. Their majestic beauty and grace along with the chants will mesmerize spectators. Guests coming to Praya Palazzo will be dazzled by such regal splendor as they follow the ceremony right on the Chao Phraya River.
On 13 and 18 October, dress rehearsals will be held and will allow guests to have a sneak preview of the ceremony.On the official date of 22 October 2011, the Praya Palazzo team have prepared activities for guests to enjoy the afternoon: a special Thai set lunch featuring signature dishes will be followed by afternoon tea.
All guests will be will be pampered with complimentary foot massages and will have a chance to win a prize. Guests are welcome to come either for the ceremony only, or can treat themselves to a few nights at Praya Palazzo for a relaxing getaway.
13 & 18 October Dress Rehearsals
- Lunch: à la carte rates
- Afternoon tea: $25.95 USD (800THB) net per person
- Accommodation: standard rates and promotions, please contact Reservations
22 October Ceremony
- Lunch and afternoon tea activities: $158.93USD (4,900THB) net per person
- 2 nights in a superior room: $583.85USD (18,000THB) net. including accommodation, breakfast for 2, lunch and afternoon tea activities on the 22nd.
About Praya Palazzo:
Praya Palazzo is a stylish and charming 17-room mansion with a rich historical background that offers guests a unique experience. Dating back to the ancient kingdom of Siam, the boutique hotel is situated in the heart of Bangkok on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. A great base to explore the attractions of the city, Praya Palazzo is nonetheless a haven of tranquility and a fantastic escape from the city. Praya Palazzo is within walking distance to many attractions such as The Grand Palace, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun, Chinatown, and Kao San Road. With its original design and many worthy historical stories, this mansion will make you feel as if you went back in time, living during the golden period of Siam. At Praya Palazzo, guests can pamper themselves in total relaxation in a majestic setting.
757/1 Somdej Prapinklao Soi 2
Bangyeekan, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
Tel:+662 883 2998
Fax:+662 883 1855
Access to the mansion is by barge only. A traditional wooden barge will pick you up from Phra Athit Pier (N 13). If driving, please use the Rajathiwas Temple Pier which offers free parking for guests. In case of arrival after 1930 hours, please contact by phone to arrange pick up.