On the Radar: Supanniga Cruise, Bangkok

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Supanniga Cruise, the best way to take in the Chao Phraya 

Why we love it:

Exploring Bangkok is an adventure, whether you’re zapping over the city on a Skytrain, 'patiently' sitting in gridlocked traffic or risking a tuk tuk. But hands down the best way to appreciate this vibrant, history steeped city at a civilised pace is on the water.

While we're all for zipping around the Chao Phraya on a longtail boat, the spiffy new 40-seat river barge Supanniga Cruise is an altogether more sophisty way to take in the river's sights; enjoy front-row sunset vistas of Wat Pho, The Grand Palace and Wat Arun – served with a side of champers, cocktails or a top-notch Thai dinner. 

The stylish, contemporary twin-deck vessel, owned by the enterprising Laorauvirodge family (they behind hip Thai resto Supanniga Eating Room) sports comfy seating around water-side tables, as well as a curvy alfresco banquette for sociable sipping.

Perfect for a romantic tête-à-tête, Supanniga Cruise hosts three superb options. The hour-long weekday ‘Evening Cocktail Cruise’ and weekend ‘Evening Champagne Taittinger Cruise’ both set off around dusk, so you can enjoy the sunset with sundowners and canapés. 

Alternatively, push the boat out with a lavish six-course banquet of Supanniga's pretty, produce-driven spice plates served with free-flow Tattinger (approx. two hours), so you get to sample sparkly nighttime views and ambiance. Bottoms up and anchors away!

Supanniga Cruise, River City Pier, Talat Noi, Bangkok. +66 2 714 7608. Book online at supannigacruise.com

A version of this article originally appeared on PenCities Bangkok on 2 January 2017.

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Liz Weselby

A spur-of-the-moment decision to move to Bangkok brought Liz to Asia in 2003, where 15 years and three countries later, she's in Hong Kong heading up LUXE editorial. 

  • Liz LOVES... Chilli (on everything), getting lost in cities, hiking, people-watching at airports

  • Liz LOATHES... Suburbia, MSG

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