This is a true waterfront experience, where you can combine a meal, entertainment and a river cruise. On the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this ... More
Yok Yor Marina & Restaurant
This is a true waterfront experience, where you can combine a meal, entertainment and a river cruise. On the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this complex consists of an alfresco eatery, an air-conditioned concert hall and its own landing dock. Live bands and comedians entertain on the stage, while you decide on your choice of Asian or Western food. Seafood is the drawcard here, and you can have it prepared in a variety of cooking styles, including Thai, Japanese, Western or Indian. Light snacks, such as the Vietnamese spring rolls and chicken satay are very popular.
We were floored when we received the check for 2,200 Baht for two persons. It was our 2nd night in Bangkok, so we walked from the Hilton to this restaurant and were happy to find a waiter who spoke English. We had read that curry crab was a highly recommended dish in Thailand, so we told the waiter that is what we wanted and also two spring rolls. We got two dishes with about two dozen spring rolls each. Before we could send one dish back we were given two humongous crabs. The crabs came to 900 baht each. Then there was a charge of 10%. We were told it was not for gratuity, but for the karoake music and their boats. We questioned another charge of 60 baht, which we were told was for mixing(?) the dishes. Sorry, I never understood what was meant by mixing.
Another time we dined at Somboon Restaurant. We ordered the same curry crab and paid less than 1/3 we paid at Yok Yor and did not have any of the extra charges. If you dine at Yok Yor as a Westerner you may want to enquire about the charges that are not posted. Our waiter never explained that the price of the crab is based on its weight. We were never asked what size we wanted.
The Non-Expensive Way to Enjoy Bangkok's River Scene
By A Yahoo Contributor, 3/24/07
A Thai friend hosted a dinner cruise for us. We reached the river docks via the BTS (Silom line, station Saphan Taksin) and rode the free water taxi to the Yok Yor Marina restaurant. We boarded the big boat and took a table on the top deck.
The food is very tasty, and they can prepare it "authentic Thai" (which could be quite spicy) or mellow for the tourists' palate. Although the tables, chairs and utensils reminds you of a budget restaurant in Chinatown, the service was truly excellent.
Along with the great food and service, the sights on the river made for a wonderful cruise - we saw the Grand Palace and Wat Arun flooded with lights, as well as several other noteworthy sites.
Unfortunately, the Thai language "karaoke" singer on the last leg of the return trip was more of a bother than an entertainment. We spoke with the Manager, and they pulled the plug (the singer actually looked relieved to be let off!) and instead put on a CD of traditional Thai instruments that was the perfect soundtrack to the exotic sights.
This is one of my favourite restaurants in the world. I have never laughed so much listening to the thai karoake on the 'wembley stadium' stage whilst eating the most delicious fresh fish (which you pick yourself). The service was fab and there were no westerners there! I have been there twice and it was amazing both times. Also you are right on the river which is really beautiful.
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