342 Bar is your new excuse to cross the Chao Phraya River to the Thonburi side, presenting some superb views across the water from its cute indoor and outdoor terrace. Located on the fifth floor of the charming Baan Wanglang Hotel, the rooftop bar is easily accessible if you jump on a river ferry to Wang Lang Pier, not far from the Grand Palace on the opposite side.
There’s also a Thai restaurant (Olive Tree) and café down below, but for the best panoramas stretching along the river to some of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks, there’s no beating 342 Bar.
Almost opposite you can see the Grand Palace, probably Bangkok’s most famous landmark, which becomes spectacularly lit up at night. Slightly south on the same side of the river as 342 Bar is Wat Arun, which too becomes all the more impressive as the sun sets over the Chao Phraya and the iconic Pagoda glows in a deep golden tone.
With views this good, best go for one of 342 Bar’s range of signature cocktails such as the ‘342 of paradise’ (vodka, blue curacao, lime juice, and lychee juice) or the equally fruity ‘342 upside down’ (rum, mango, lime juice, and mint). The cocktails here aren’t going to win any critically acclaimed prizes for their originality, but they sure are easy to drink and most come in at less than 300 baht – not that bad considering the great views. Look out for their buy-two-get-one-free offer between 18:00-22:00 also.
The menu downstairs at Olive Tree restaurant is far more substantial, although Bar 342 does have a few tasty snacks and sandwiches to soak up drinks, including burgers, French fries, onion rings and platters. There’s also Hoegaarden on tap and a small mix of local and imported bottles of beer and wine.
Few bars along the river offer views this good, unless you want to head up to one of the luxurious hotels lining the banks for a slap-up meal, which is always going to set you back a few thousand baht. 342 Bar is also a winner in our book because you can conveniently combine coming here with a browse around the cute nearby market, or use it as a post sightseeing watering-hole after you’ve checked out the famous Wat Arun a short way down the river.
If you’re coming by boat, an excursion here also gives you the opportunity to check out the lively Wang Lang Market down below, which starts as soon as you step off the pier next to the adjacent Siriraj Hospital. The market has a decent mix of street food, electronic vendors and a cool indoors section selling vintage clothes and items (locals call it ‘Talad Neaw Neaw’).
To find 342 Bar, look out for Baan Wang Lang Hotel as you turn left off the pier. Head up the steps to the top and find yourself a table at the edge for the best views.
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342 Bar Bangkok
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun: 16:00–00:00
- Location: 342 Soi Wat Rakang, Prannok Rd., Siriraj, Bangkoknoi
- Tel: +66 (0)2 412 7234