In all the years I've been going to Bangkok, I've spent surprisingly little time on its main waterway, the Chao Praya river. But there's nothing quite like an intimate cruise to appreciate a river. Especially one with dinner!
The Supanniga Eating Room is one of my favourite Thai restaurants in Bangkok. I highly recommend you visit into this tiny restaurant in Thong Lor and experience some awesome Thai food.
So, when we saw the Supanniga River Cruise, it looked like the perfect combination - see a slice of Bangkok while eating great Thai food!
It's an evening Champagne cruise that includes a 6-course dinner. The "Champagne" part sounds very tempting but just means 1 free glass of Taittinger, so savour it! You can buy wine, beer and or Supanniga's signature Vesper cocktails aboard too.
Better yet, head down to the pier early and enjoy an evening cocktail from one of the riverside bars. We had delicious margaritas at a big outdoor bar right next to where the boat docks. There was no need to line up; all the tables are pre-assigned.
We sat at the back of the upstairs deck on bright, colourful cushions and well protected from the December night breezes. The boat only seats 40 people so it's quite intimate and perfect for couples or small groups.
Across from us was a family of 6 with two very well behaved young girls who sat quietly with their colouring books all evening. Unless your kids are like this, I wouldn't recommend this trip for young families!
The views are fantastic. As the sun sets and disappears into inky blackness, the city lights pick up the pace. We passed by beautiful historical and important sites such as Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, and the Navy Hall.
There are loads of ferries and other cruises on the river, some decidedly more raucous than the others. But if you prefer a quiet, loudspeaker-free cruise with nice wine, Supanniga's your scene.
And the food! The 6-course menu was beautifully presented and designed with a water theme, such as the Tom Kha Pla (Thai Fish Coconut Milk Soup).
Followed by Sreng Wa Pu Pladuk Foo (crab meat and crispy catfish).
And the main course included more crab, leaf fish and jumbo prawns. So tasty!
Dessert was the iconic mango and sticky rice, followed by traditional Thai sweets.
The food was certainly tasty and we left feeling full but not stuffed. And though I prefer the food at Supanniga's restaurant (where you can also order whatever you like), this was a great experience. The beauty of Bangkok, for the mind and the tummy!
Supanniga's Dinner Champagne Taittinger Cruise runs every evening, departing at 6.15pm from River City Pier 2. It costs 3,250 Baht/person. Bookings essential.