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Jakarta Post

Cruising along the Venice of the East

  • Arief Suhardiman


BANGKOK   /   Sun, March 15 2009   /  11:08 am

The Grand Palace.  There was a buzz of anticipation at the River City pier. A couple stood at the edge of the pier, eyes locked on the slow-moving Grand Pearl ship. Like many others who crowded the pier, the couple was waiting to board the ship that would take them cruising along Bangkok’s famous Chao Phraya River, while having a romantic candle lit diner.   When the ship eventually docked, the crew welcomed them aboard, singing Latin songs accompanied by an acoustic guitar. The couple rushed into the ship, followed by others who were in a hurry too. They were about to have a romantic dinner sailing down the canals of Bangkok, the Venice of the East. Diners enjoy candle lit dinners with fascinating view of Bangkok aboard the Grand Pearl. In this ship that could accommodate up to 350 guests, people were free to choose where they sat, either inside the ai...