Chao Phraya River Race Bangkok team building. The Gold Rush is a river boat race for all you James Bond fans. If you love and remember that wild boat race along the rivers of Bangkok in ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’, then this outdoor team building event for you! Escape the congestion and traffic jams in Bangkok and dive into a world of barges, ferries and long-tail boats. All surrounded by historical landmarks scattered along the Chaopraya river.
Also known as the River of Kings this is a fun team building river boat race ‘never to be forgotten’. that could make a great name for the next Bond movie!
Event Duration: 4-5 hours only
Group Size: Minimum 25 persons to 80
Location: Anywhere across Bangkok (hotel should be near the river)
Benefits: Shared common goals, balanced participation, leadership and communication.
The Gold Rush vs Amazing Race
The Gold Rush is similar to our popular Amazing Races. However, teams travel along the river and canals. It’s the best way to avoid all the traffic jams.
The Chao Phraya river is the most important transportation artery for a network of cross-river ferries, and river taxis, which are mostly used by the long-tails boats.
There are more than 15 boat lines which operate along the rivers and canals including numerous commuter lines.
Chao Phraya River Bangkok Boat Race Locations
This event has been tailored to give teams enough time you visit all the amazing landmarks. Some locations may be The Grande Palace, Floating Market, The Royal Barge National Museum, and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Of course, we throw in a little fun shopping! Teams will face a series of challenges at each of these locations and gain points based upon their success and completion of the tasks.
The Grande Palace
This palace was the official residence of the Kings of Siam since it was built back in 1782. This amazing architecture is another must-see in Bangkok.
Inside the palace is the famous ‘Wat Phra Kaew’ or the ‘Temple of the Emerald Buddha’ which is regarded by the Thais as the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It dates back to the 15th century AD and is carved from a single block of jade.
Temple and Palace Dress Codes
As with most temples, a strict dress code applies hence visitors must be properly dressed. No bare feet, tank tops, see-through clothes and women cannot bare shoulders. There are small vendor stalls just outside the gates which hire/loan clothes to cover up.
Wat Pho – Temple of the Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok, Thailand. Located a short distance from the Grand Palace, this temple has some of the largest collections of Buddha images in Thailand, not forgetting the most famous reclining Buddha which is 46 meters long and 15 meters high. Decorated in laksana the feet of the Reclining Buddha are 5 meters long.
And if you need a little luck along your journey, purchase a bowl of coins at the entrance to the Reclining Buddha and drop them into the 108 bronze bowls along the lengths of the interior walls. This could be one of our challenges!
Wat Arun – The Temple of Dawn
Wat Arun is situated on the opposite side of Wat Pho along the Chao Phraya River and you’ll find the design quite different to the other temples. This is because the spires are decorated with tiny pieces of Chinese porcelain and coloured glass and placed delicately into complex patterns.
You can climb the stairway on the side of the prang which leads to a terrace but we wouldn’t recommend it due to safety as it’s very steep!
Just outside the temple grounds are little stalls, where you can dress in traditional Thai costume including the gold Thai Ram Dance Headdress Crown, gold fingernails and the odd Thai sword or two!
**Did we forget to mention this is also one of the fun challenges!**
The Royal Barge National Museum
The Royal Barge Museum used to be a dry dock under the care of the Royal Household and the Royal Thai Navy. In 1972 it became the National Museum of Royal Barges. Here you’ll discover Thailand’s most unique and stunning Royal Barges.
Each barge had been carved in teak, intricately decorated and gilded in gold. Their ‘Prows’ (figureheads) were carved into mythical creatures such as a dragon, serpent heads or Hanuman the monkey.
Each beautiful Royal barge is registered as a national heritage and can be reached by boat which is why it is on the list of places during the Bangkok river race.
Find answers to a selection of fun trivia questions while viewing these truly beautiful Royal Barges,
Long-Tail Boat Prices
Prices are dependent on the length of time you book the boat, destinations and number of people. It could easily range from THB 800 to over THB 3000 per boat. When we quote for our Chao Phraya River race, a private long-tail boat has been included for each team.
Are Long-Tail boats Safe?
There are times I do get a little nervous! When the river is a little choppy you get a bumpy, rough ride and they do feel like they’re tipping slightly. However, I have not yet come across any stories of sinking or safety problems with longtail-boats along the Chao Phraya River.
Bangkok River Race – Safety
Live jackets will be provided to all participants on the exciting team building river boat race, Bangkok, Thailand. We insist everyone on board wears a life jacket at all times, while on the boats.
How Fast do Long-Tail Boats Go
There’s no mistaking these boats do move fast, considering it’s powered by a truck engine! The engine controls the driveshaft, with a propeller at the end which has no additional gearing or transmission.
Bangkok Long-Tail Boat Race Capacities
Depending on your group size most long-tail boats are limited to 10 pax approx. We can deliver team building events from as little as 6 pax to total group size of approx 80. For groups larger, it would be difficult finding enough boats.
Benefits of Team Work
Groups that work together increase performance and productivity thus achieving much more than working alone. Our Chao Phraya River Boat Race is inspiring and fun, promoting friendships along the way.
With a shared common goal, your teams work together by encouraging and aiding each other. Let’s not forget visiting some amazing places and famous landmarks! This is a team building Thailand with a difference!
River Boat Race Bangkok Alternatives
For those that may not wish to spend the whole afternoon on a long tail boat along the Bangkok river, we can easily build part of this challenge into either our Corporate City Challenge or Thailand Amazing Races.
Quotations are inclusive of:
Transportation during the race (long-tail boats), entree fees to temples, museums etc. prize for each winning team member, consultants, MC, water, professional photographer and all materials and design.