A Romantic Evening at Apsara Dinner Cruise, Bangkok
Apsara Dinner Cruise by Banyan Tree is one of the best ways to enjoy a romantic evening in Bangkok. The cruise combines the magical experience of sailing on the city’s most spectacular Chao Phraya river with a feast of lip smacking flavours of traditional Thai food -everything set in a dimly-lit romantic ambience.
The Apsara riverboat is constructed from a vintage rice barge. The cruise starts from Bangkok River City shopping complex where the front desk will help you with your selection of food (Vegetarian/non-vegetarian) and wine. Wine or any other alcoholic drinks are not included in the dinner package and can be purchased at an additional cost at the front desk. All these selections are made approximately 30 mins prior to boarding the cruise.
As we boarded the ‘Apsara’ vintage riverboat, we were warmly greeted by the staff in a traditional way. Saying ‘Sawadee Kha’ (women) and ’Sawadee Khap’ (men) with folded hands is a traditional Thai way of saying hello. We were seated near the window where the cool tropical breeze brushed through our hair and the shimmering beauty of the Bangkok’s skyline mesmerised us. We were served our welcome drink at the table along with some welcome snacks – rice crisps with sweet chilli sauce. A wet towel decorated with an orchid flower was also presented on the table.
I loved the decor of the riverboat – vintage furniture, classy t-lights on each table and red lanterns hanged at the corners – everything dimly lit for that heady romantic ambience. The soft background music added to the romantic charm of the evening. Moreover, there was also a magical world around us. Bangkok looks absolutely enthralling at night with its glistening skyscrapers and shimmering temples.
As the Apsara vessel started sailing on the gleaming waters of the glorious Chao Phraya river, we navigated past the beautiful skyline of the royal Grand Palace and had a glimpse of the vibrant city, traditional fishing boats, soaring yatches and the gleaming Wat Arun – The Temple of Dawn. Apsara stops near Wat Arun and all guests are invited to get their pictures clicked with the magnificent temple.
Apsara stops near Wat Arun and all guests are invited to get their pictures clicked with the magnificent temple.
All this is combined with their freshly prepared four-course meal that includes delicious snacks, elegant soups, rich Thai curries and delectable desserts with a choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian menu. We opted for non-vegetarian menu that excluded seafood as I’m allergic to seafood (except fish). We were served chicken satay, vegetable salad and a couple of other Thai snacks I don’t remember the name. One snack that I found quite interesting was an orange slice stuffed with minced chicken. It was quite a unique and delicious combination.
This was followed by a delicious mushroom and chicken soup. The white wine we ordered at the front desk was served right there at our table. Apsara Dinner Cruise follows on-table service. All the meals and drinks are served at your table and the staff would explain the name and ingredients of each dish for you.
Our main course included grilled fish and fried eggs in Thai sauce, Thai chicken curry, chilli chicken, Asparagus, vegetable salad, flat breads and boiled rice. I like the way they packed boiled rice in banana leaf and decorated it with an orchid flower. It’s quite interesting to try authentic cuisines from different parts of the globe.
Post dinner, we were served fresh fruits and vanilla ice cream with some sweet corn. This was followed by some authentic Thai sweets. Everything was absolutely delicious.
The best thing about Apsara Dinner Cruise is their world class hospitality. All their guests get personal attention. The staff offers to click pictures for all guests with their camera. They even gifted all of us with a souvenir photograph. After the cruise ends, the staff also helps you with the drop. They would call a taxi for you and even drop you at the nearest location to your hotel in their own staff bus. Their hospitality is really commendable.
Apsara Dinner Cruise by Banyan Tree is a two-hour luxurious and romantic experience. The vessel is smaller than other dinner cruise vessels in Bangkok, however, if you are looking for a more personalised experience, Apsara perfectly fits in that category. The cost of the cruise including their four-course meal is approximately $90.00. The experience is well worth the price.
P.S. – This is not a sponsored post. All the views are based on my own experience with Apsara Dinner Cruise.