Chao Phraya River
Following our tour of Ayutthaya and the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace we headed from the palace toward the Chao Phraya River where the Ayutthaya Princess awaited our arrival. From the palace grounds we took a river taxi across the river to the Ayutthaya Princes for the four and a half hour lunch cruise back to the Shangri La Hotel in Bangkok. After hours of walking in the hot Sun through the ruins of Ayutthaya and Bang Pain the ride on the river was refreshing and enjoyable.

The Ayutthaya Princess plies the Chao
Phraya River offering tourists the opportunity
to enjoy a lunch buffet of traditional
Thai cuisine

The bow of the Ayutthaya Princess
complete with eyes to clearly see the
way back down the Chao Phraya River
from Ayutthaya to Bangkok
During the almost four hour cruise down the Chao Phraya River we had the opportunity not only to enjoy a good lunch, but to observe what life is like along the river for the thousands who make their homes along its shore. The photographs that follow show scenes taken along the river as we cruised toward Bangkok.
All along the river you would see these absolutely tiny tugboats pulling these large barges.
Actually you could hear them coming from a long distance because the roar of its engines
was almost deafening.

Darla on the bow of the
Ayutthaya Princess
enjoying the fresh air

With our sightseeing now complete in Bangkok it is time to move onto our next destination ... Phuket, Thailand. This, for me, would be a dream come true. At least fifteen years earlier I had read about Phuket and logged it into my "I want to go there places." So, after so many years, we were finally about to realize one of those long awaited dreams.

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