Anantara Chiang Mai Resort has launched a new river barge, the Nam Jai, for group and private cruises along the Ping River.

The Nam Jai, literally “water from the heart” in Thai, but more commonly understood as “with heart” or “kindness”, is an antique teak rice barge which has been restored by hand and outfitted with comfortable seating for eight. The new cruises will set off from the resort’s newly built private pier, Long Muan, which means “fun sailing” in the local Lanna dialect.

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There are two itineraries for guests to choose from. The sunrise cruise departs at 9.00 a.m. for the nearby Wat Ket Karam. One of Chiang Mai’s oldest communities, Wat Ket is a melting pot of cultures – Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Sikh – with their different houses of worship built side by side. Guests will have the opportunity to make merit with the Buddhist monks, then cross the road to snack at what was once the city’s best-kept secret, but now is in the Michelin guide – the simple roadside stall Lung Kajohn, which serves up delicious bite-sized steamed rice dumplings, Khao Kriab Pak Moh.

Nam Jai

From there, it is a short stroll to the quaint pedestrian bridge of Khua Khaek for views of the river and Doi Suthep in the background.

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The twilight voyage departs at 5.00 p.m., sailing north past some of the city’s most iconic bridges, small temples and into lush green. This is a magical time of day, when the air stills and the sky begins to glow ochre then pink. Guests enjoy free-flow sparkling wine, canapes and a romance to savour.

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