Scorpion-Tailed River Cruise
Discover Chiang Mai in a different light by visiting the exciting Scorpion-Tailed River Cruise, where guests will ride their Scorpion-tailed boats which are known to be vessels fashioned with the ancient Lanna-style. Once the Scorpion boats leave and set sail on the journey, you can take in the beautiful sights of the various landmarks that are present along the riverbanks of the Mae Ping; these alluring landmarks include ancient temples, riverside restaurants, and boutique hotels. The Scorpion Tailed River Cruise Chiang Mai’s guided tour includes afternoon snacks that will be served while riding the scorpion boat, allowing you to further relax and enjoy the fascinating scenery of Chiang Mai.
The relaxing yet fun river cruise focuses mainly on the Mae Ping River history by utilizing traditionally styled crafts which are famously known as the Scorpion boats. Every day, there are five scheduled cruises that last for about one and a half hours, departing first from the Wat Srikhong pier that is located close to the Rim Ping Condo; at some point during the Scorpion-Tailed River Cruise, there will be a stop-over for some snacks right in their associated Scorpion Tailed Boat Village. The first boats that were used by the locals were built during the 18th century by a shipbuilder who gathered a few ideas and inspiration from a coconut shell that was shaped like a boat, floating down the river with a scorpion riding on it.
While relaxing on the scorpion boat, you and other tourists will be given a quick briefing on the history and background of these traditionally designed boats while providing you with a calming and relaxing tour through the beautiful and picturesque sceneries of the areas historical spots. The notable and extremely alluring sights that you can view during the Scorpion-Tailed River Cruise include the white chedi or Gew which can be located right before the municipality, a strengthened footbridge amidst the most ancient trading community of Warorot Market and the Wat Gate. Additionally, the Chang Pier is also one of the historical landmarks that you will see during the cruise on these scorpion boats, where the pier was once a place where large numbers of elephants were used for hauling logs from the river. Aside from these sites, the Scorpion-Tailed River Cruise will allow you and other tourists to see and experience the behavior and the locals way of living along the riverbanks.
During the Scorpion Tailed River Cruise Chiang Mai, you will not only see the surrounding beauty of Chiang Mai, but you will also learn about the history and various stories of the riverbanks along with various fishing skills and techniques of the local fishermen around.
The boats used for the Scorpion-Tailed River Cruise were fashioned after the scorpion boats used in ancient times in Chiang Mai; these were utilized as cargo boats that sailed amidst Bangkok and the northernmost region of Thailand. Yet once the northern railway route was developed, these scorpion boats slowly vanished until the idea was revived by a tourism industry master graduate named Songsri Wongvech.
What is notable about the scorpion boat is that they were created and designed to protect the environment since Benzene engines were utilized to allow these boats to function instead of using diesel engines that easily pollutes the river.