Watch Royal Barge Procession in Luxury @ Praya Palazzo Bangkok

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Friday, 23 September 2011

This year, to celebrate His Majesty the King Bhumibols 84th birthday, Bangkoks residents and visitors will have a unique chance to see the Royal Barge Procession on the Chao Phraya River, the River of Kings.

The 17-room Praya Palazzo, located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, is a perfect location from which to enjoy this grand and memorable spectacle.

The Royal Barge Procession is an ancient tradition, dating back to the 13th century, which was revived by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1959.

The procession is reserved for nationally auspicious occasions and has taken place only sixteen times since then. The last time was in June 2006 for the diamond jubilee celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of His Majestys accession to the throne.

On 22 October 2011, the Royal Kathin procession will consist of a fleet of 52 traditional-style barges. They will be arranged in five columns, based on a battle formation from ancient times, stretch 1,280 metres in length and 110 across and require 2,200 sailors from the Royal Thai Navy.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn will preside over the celebrations on behalf of His Majesty the King.

The Royal Barge Procession is truly a breathtaking spectacle, watching these 52 barges gliding down the Chao Phraya River remains awe inspiring. Their majestic beauty and grace, along with the chants mesmerize spectators.

On 13 and 18 October, dress rehearsals will be held that will give guests a sneak preview of the ceremony.

On the official date of 22 October 2011, the Praya Palazzo team have prepared activities for guests to enjoy the afternoon: a special Thai set lunch featuring signature dishes will be followed by afternoon tea. Also, guests will be pampered with complimentary foot massages and will have a chance to win a prize.

Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the Praya Palazzo mansion is within walking distance to many attractions such as The Grand Palace, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun, Chinatown, and Kao San Road.

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