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All You Need to Know about Chao Phraya Cruise Timings

Your Chao Phraya cruise timings guide

Sunset cruises generally last 1.5 hours, while dinner cruises extend to 2 hours. Check-in timings for the Chao Phraya cruise may vary according to the cruise chosen. Check-in typically starts 1.5 hours to 2 hours before cruising time and 1 hour before boarding for most Chao Phraya cruises.

Sunset cruises
Dinner cruises
Chao Phraya Princess Cruise at sunset in Bangkok
  • Sunset Cruise with International Buffet, Unlimited Beer & Live Cabaret: 5pm to 6:45pm from Monday to Friday & 4:45pm to 6:30pm   from Saturday to Sunday (Icon Siam Pier), 5 pm to 6.45 pm (Asiatique Pier)
  • Meridian Sunset Cruise: 5pm to 6:45pm (Monday-Sunday) & 4:45pm to 6:30pm  from Saturday to Sunday (Icon Siam Pier)
  • Royal Princess Sunset Cruise: 4:45pm to 6:45pm
  • White Orchid Sunset River Cruise: 5pm to 6:45pm
  • Chao Phraya Princess Sunset Cruise: 5pm to 6:45pm
  • Alangka Sunset Cruise with International Buffet: 5pm to 6:45pm
Cruise ship on Chao Phraya river with the Grand Palace in the background at night
  • The Grand Chao Phraya Cruise with Buffet Dinner & Live Music: 7:15pm
  • Dinner Cruise with Live Entertainment & Unlimited Beer: 7:45pm to 9:45pm (Icon Sam Pier), 7:45pm to 9:45pm (Asiatique Pier), 7:15pm to 9:15pm (Asiatique Pier)
  • Viva Alangka Cruise with Dinner & Duo Musicians: 7:15pm to 10:15pm (Terminal 21 Rama 3 Pier), 7:45pm to 9:45pm (Asiatique Pier)
  • Meridian Cruise with International Buffet Dinner: 7:45pm to 9:45pm (Icon Sam Pier)
  • Royal Princess Dinner Cruise: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Wonderful Pearl Luxury Cruise with 5-Course Dinner & Thai Dance: 7:30pm
  • White Orchid River Cruise with Live Cabaret, International Buffet Dinner & Unlimited Beer: 7:45pm to 9:45pm (Icon Sam Pier)
  • Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
  • Alangka Dinner Cruise with International Buffet: 7:15pm to 9:15pm
  • Sirimahannop Riverside Dinner: 4pm to 12am

What’s the best time to go on a Chao Phraya cruise?

Lady looking at illuminated buildings from a cruise ship on the Chao Phraya river.

Peak Season vs Low Season

  • Peak Season: November to February
  • Low Season:  March to May and September to October

During the cool, dry months, from November to February, the Chao Phraya River enjoys its peak season. This period offers pleasant weather with lower humidity, making it an ideal time for a cruise. However, it is also the busiest time, attracting a higher number of tourists.

In contrast, the low season, from March to May and September to October, experiences higher temperatures and occasional rainfall. While this might deter some visitors, it brings a quieter atmosphere and the opportunity to enjoy the serene beauty of the Chao Phraya with fewer crowds.

Chao Phraya Princess Cruise, Bangkok

Weekday vs Weekend

For a more relaxed experience, weekdays are preferable, especially Tuesdays and Wednesdays. These days typically see fewer crowds compared to weekends, when both locals and tourists flock to the river for leisure activities. 

Arriving earlier in the late afternoon lets you enjoy the markets and gives you ample time to reach the meeting point before sunset, ensuring a peaceful start to your Chao Phraya cruise.

Best time of day

For an enchanting Chao Phraya Cruise experience, the best time of day is during the sunset and night hours. As the weather tends to be hot and the sun intense during the day, the late afternoon and evening offer a more pleasant and cooler atmosphere. 

Witnessing the sunset cast its warm hues over the river creates a picturesque backdrop for your cruise. Opting for dinner during this time allows you to enjoy the scenic views in a more comfortable setting over a meal, making the Chao Phraya Cruise a memorable and visually stunning experience.

How long does a Chao Phraya cruise last?

The duration of a Chao Phraya cruise can vary based on the chosen option. Sunset cruises last for about 90 minutes. Standard dinner cruises typically last around 120 minutes, providing a delightful journey along the river with scenic views of Bangkok's landmarks and a delicious meal. It's a perfect way to spend an enchanting evening on the Chao Phraya River.




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Chao Phraya Princess Cruise with Dinner & Live Music
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White Orchid River Cruise with Live Cabaret, International Buffet Dinner & Unlimited Beer
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1 hr. 45 min. - 2 hr.
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Wonderful Pearl Luxury Cruise with 5-Course Dinner & Thai Dance
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Royal Galaxy Cruise with International Buffet Dinner
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Meridian Cruise with International Buffet Dinner
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Viva Alangka Cruise with Dinner & Duo Musicians
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2 hr. - 3 hr.
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Royal Princess Cruise with International Buffet Dinner & Live Music
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Alangka Cruise with International Buffet Dinner
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2-Hour Dinner Cruise with Live Entertainment & Unlimited Beer
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1.5-Hour Sunset Cruise with International Buffet, Unlimited Beer & Live Cabaret (Optional)
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Frequently asked questions about Chao Phraya cruise timings

Are Chao Phraya cruises available every day?

Yes, Chao Phraya cruises are generally available every day.

What are the Chao Phraya cruise timings?

Chao Phraya cruise timings vary according to the tour operator. However, most sunset cruises start at 4pm to 5pm, while dinner cruises start between 6:45pm to 7:30pm.

Do Chao Phraya cruises have evening slots?

Yes, Chao Phraya cruises have evening slots.

Are there any specific timings for the last admission?

Though there are no specific timings for the last admission, arriving well within the check-in hours is ideal to avoid unnecessary delays and losing your spot.

What time does check-in start?

Check-in usually begins one and a half hours to two hours before cruising time and one hour before boarding for most Chao Phraya cruises.

How long does a Chao Phraya cruise last?

The duration of a Chao Phraya cruise varies, and you can choose from different options. However, a Chao Phraya sunset cruise usually lasts 1.5 hours, and dinner cruises last about 2 hours.

What is the best time to go on a Chao Phraya cruise?

The best time to go on a Chao Phraya cruise is during the late afternoon or evening, especially to witness the beautiful sunset. The best months are the dry months (November to February) or shoulder season (March to May, and September to October).