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 5th 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 (Tonmakok) 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.
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Vertigo & Moon Bar Rooftop Dining
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Shangri-La Hotel's Buffet Dinner Cruise
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise
- Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour
Almost opposite you can see the Grand Palace, probably Bangkok’s most famous landmark, which is 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, with the iconic pagoda glowing 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-2-get-1-free offer between 6pm and 10pm, too.
The menu at the restaurant downstairs is far more substantial, but 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, other than the luxurious hotels lining the banks where a slap-up meal is always going to set you back a few thousand baht. The 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.
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Baan Wanglang Riverside
Baan Wanglang Riverside is a luxury boutique property located right on the banks of the Chao Phraya River that flows through the very centre of Bangkok.Many of the most magnificent historical sites in the city are within easy reach from here, including the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and the magnificent reclining Buddha at Wat Pho.The recommended way to travel to and from the hotel is by shuttle boat from Saphan Taksin Pier that connects with the BTS Skytrain Station, putting the rest of Bangkok within easy reach.To reach the riverside pier at Wanglang, the hotel provides a tuk tuk to shuttle guests there quickly and effortlessly. Read More...
342 Bar Bangkok
- Opening Hours: Daily from 4pm to midnight
- Location: 342 Soi Wat Rakhang, Prannok Rd, Siriraj Bankoknoi, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)2 412 7234