The Royal Barge Procession in Bangkok is one of Thailand’s most spectacular event and a world class heritage. Thousands of people lined the Chao Phraya River in November 2012 to watch the dazzling Royal Barge Procession, part of celebrations marking the King’s 85th birthday on Dec. 05. Representing, His Majesty the King His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn rides the Suphanahongsa Royal Barge on the Chao Phraya River for the Royal Krathin (robe presentation) ceremony at Wat Arun.
The Royal Barge Procession consisted of a flotilla of 52 traditional style barges arranged in 5 columns, based on a battle formation from ancient times. This made up of four major royal barges Suphannahong. Narai Song Suban H.M. King Rama IX, Anantanakkharat and Anekkachatphuchong, 8 barges with animal figureheads and 40 smaller vessels. The five-column flotilla stretches 1,200 meters in length and 90 meters across. A total of 2,311 sailors from various units within the Royal Thai Navy will serve as oarsmen.