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08 October 2007 :: 13:10:12 pm 21521

Scorpion Tailed boat village and river cruise in chiangmai

Scorpion tailed boat village is a village of picturesque bamboo cottages of only 9 rooms, with friendly atmosphere and ideal for people who like to be close to nature, in a quiet place, but still in the city. Scorpion - tailed river cruise: an experience cruising the ping river with the Chiangmai’s unique boats seeing an old town heaven.
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Scorpion Tailed boats in the old day

The origin of the Scorpion-tailed boat
Initially the first boats was built approximately in the 18th century by a local shipbuilder who get the idea from a boat-shaped coconut shell floating in the river with a scorpion on it. The scorpion’s instinct makes that it holds up its barbed tail all the time. So the original one was built following the sight of what he saw.

When the Scorpion-Tailed River Cruise begins.

And now the legend of a uniquely northern-style boat has been revived by Ms Songsri Wongvech, a tourism industry master graduate of Chiang Mai University, with the support of Mr Samak Laosatirawong. He re-built the small fleet that now giving the service to tourists cruising and exploring the charm of Chiang Mai along the both sides of the Ping River.


Friendly to environment:

The Scorpion Tailed boats are completely designed to save the environment. The Benzene TYPE has been installed instead of the Diesel TYPE, which causes pollution to the river, they have no toilets on board (so go before you embark) again avoiding river, are much quieter than their long-tailed counterparts, Particularly the buoyancy compartments in the front keeping the Scorpion-tailed boats safety afloat. 

 Scorpion Tailed Boat Village

A country style resort surrounded by a natural atmosphere reflecting old style life of the villagers, nestled by the river bank of Mae Ping in the heart of Chiang Mai. The resort is conservative, simple and most suitable for those who are fond of an authentic nature experiencing with privacy (still only 20 meters walking to civilization).

The balconies are tailed-boat shaped. You may try sunbathing while enjoying the impressive scenery by the riverbank.

Most specially, and the first service in Chiang Mai that guests are transferred to check-in by the unique Scorpion-Tailed boat. Only 5 minutes from the night market and 20 minutes from the airport. That guests shall be transferred to check-in point by the unique scorpion-tailed boat.

SCORPION – TAILED RIVER CRUISECruising down the Ping going back to an earlier Way of living.

A narrated river cruise which will reveal to you the history of this charming city through old photographs by scorpion tailed river cruise.

Cruising the Ping River with the Chiang Mai’s unique boats seeing an old town heaven.

Scorpion Tailed boats
Since long Scorpion-Tailed boats were served as cargo boats sailing between the northern region and Bangkok. Almost a century that they disappeared from the river when the northern railway-route arrived at Chiangmai.

River Cruise Program
Transfer tourists to the Wat Sri Khong’s boat landing, then tourists are given a brief about the historical background of the boat. The river cruise offers lively picturesque of several historical places along the riverbanks, such as: a white chedi that locals call Gew in front of the municipality, a girdered-footbridge sapan the river between the oldest trader community of Wat Gate and Warorot Market, The Chiang Mai’s oldest shopping center. The Chang pier(where hundreds of elephants were used it haul logs from the river in the old days),site of the first city’s : First bridge, First Christian church, First post office, and many more attractions including lifestyles of the local people who lived along the both sides of the river.

During the trip, the tourists can be experience the atmosphere of the past, learn the story of the banks of the river, hear some of the clever fishing techniques of local fishermen, and see pictures from a century ago until the present, all explained by staff who specialized in this field.

Enjoy various activities
Learning how to catch fish by the net or pole fishing with local fisherman.

The trip takes between an half-hours to two hours. Delicious desserts shall be served for free during a short break and relax at the Scorpion-Tailed boat village set in tropical fruits garden by riverside

Boat information and other services:
Exclusive services from Scorpion-tailed Boat Company: Meetings, seminars during a boat trip, Birthday, Christmas, New Year, Graduation and Wedding parties.A special boat trips to promote new products, for shops and businesses.A special tariff for children: a way of studying outside the classroom.A special trips for tourism students, a very practical way of studying tourism. 


The Loy Krathong festival dates back to the time of the Sukhothai Kingdom, about 700 years ago. It marked the end of the rainy season and the main rice harvest. It is based on a Hindu tradition of thanking the water god for the waters. The farmers of Sukhothai used to hold a festival of floating candles. One year, a beautiful woman called Noppamas, who was the chief royal consort, made some special lanterns for the festival. She made them from banana leaves and shaped them like lotus flowers. The king was impressed with what he saw, so he announced that krathongs would be floated on the water every year from then on. Today, the memory of that woman who made the first krathong is remembered in a beauty contest called “The Noppamas Queen Contest”


Loy Krathong festival is one of the most beautiful and popular festivals in Thailand which is held annually on the full moon night on the 12th lunar calendar. This year the festival is in the evening on 24th to 25th in November. Scorpion-Tailed Resort features launching hot air lanterns into the sky, floating Krathongs, filled with small flowers and lit candles into the Ping River to worship the god of water. There will be Krathong contests, “The Noppamas Queen Contest” and Fireworks show along the Ping River all evening.

All special guests who visiting Scorpion Tailed Boat Village during Loy Krathong festival can join the cruise on Scorpion-Tailed boat and float the Krathong on Ping River on the full moon night. It will make the most memorable evening for everyone.
Watch more beautiful photos and VDO here

Reservation & More information please contact:
Scorpion Tailed Boat Village
381/1 Near Farham Temple Charoenrad Road (Old Far-Harm Road),
Tambol Watket Muang Chiang Mai 50000
Tel: 081-9609398, 081-9510791
Fax: 053-260223

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Travel

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