Thailand’s latest ultra-private luxury river cruise has officially launched on the Chao Phraya River.

Offering a collection of itineraries ranging from two days and one night to four days and three nights, Loy Pela Voyages allows guests to choose the experience that best suits their travel plans. In keeping with the spirit of a bygone era, the décor of the fourstateroom Loy River Song is dominated by precious antiques and rare Thai silks. Discreetly incorporated into the timeless design of the staterooms are upscale, modern-day amenities: king-size beds, ensuite bathrooms, air-conditioning, separate his-and-her vanities and modern dressing tables. A combination of King and Queen cabins range in size from 20 to 30 square metres and are ideal for extended families or groups of friends travelling together.

Traditional craftsmanship and regional influences evoke the elegance of old Siam, while intricately woven textiles in rich jewel tones create a relaxing, yet visually stimulating ambience. Comfortable sitting areas bathed in natural daylight make for perfect reading nooks. The same attention to detail characterises the interior of the communal areas that were purposely designed to host sunrise yoga, Muay Thai demonstrations, traditional dance performances and other activities promoting cultural immersion.

Operated by an expert crew, the deluxe cruise delivers the impeccable five-star service that discerning travellers have come to expect with luxury river cruising. With Loy Pela, guests will receive round-the-clock butler attention, exquisite meals prepared by a private chef and in-depth local knowledge, courtesy of a resident tour guide.

From cycling excursions on Bang Kachao island to exploring some of the region’s most spectacular temples, every day is filled with adventure, serendipitous moments and discoveries. As the cruise makes its way to UNESCO-listed Ayutthaya, the stories of Thailand’s past and present, of its mighty kings and grand cities are illustrated by a rich tableau of spectacular vistas. Guided excursions – some on foot, others by car or a traditional long-tail boat – place travellers in the very heart of old Siam. Loy River Song joins Loy Dream, a 100-year-old teak rice barge with two berths, as part of Loy Pela Voyages. ✤