First Time in Bangkok Riverside - What To Do

Bangkok Riverside Survival Guide

Bangkok Riverside has more resort-style hotels than anywhere else in the city. It means this area attracts honeymooners, families and those looking for a relaxed place to stay, but still within reach of the bustling city streets. Many of the most famous 5-star hotels have their own shuttle boats to get passengers to Saphan Taksin BTS station, so shopping and nightlife is accessible. It always requires some travelling though.

This is one of the prettiest areas of Bangkok. Temples and Royal palaces line the banks of the Chao Phraya, and there is a timeless sense to the Riverside area that is disappearing in many other parts of Bangkok. If you’re looking to do some sightseeing and want a nice hotel with fine-dining restaurants, this is the neighbourhood for you.

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Bangkok Riverside at a Glance

Here’s a summary of what we like about this area, and also what we don’t like. We have tried to give a balanced view so you can decide in seconds if this is the right place for you.

  • Plenty of unique sightseeing
  • Relaxing city break
  • The charm of Bangkok without traffic jams
  • Beautiful rooftops
  • Exploring by boat is fun
  • Not much nightlife
  • Few places are within walking distance
  • It can feel touristy

Things You Can Do on Bangkok Riverside

The Riverside is one of the oldest parts of the city so there’s loads of temples, palaces and heritage places to explore. It’s fun to take a boat up and down. You can escape Bangkok’s notorious traffic and see the city from a unique angle. It can be tricky to find your way to some places so make sure you have a full phone battery and a good map.

  • The Grand Palace

    The Grand Palace

    If there is one must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without, it's the dazzling, spectacular Grand Read More»

  • Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

    Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

    The spire (prang) of Wat Arun on the bank of Chao Phraya River is one of Bangkok's world-famous landmarks. It sits on Read More»

  • Wat Pho

    Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon, is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha Read More»

Great Restaurants We Like

If high-end dining is your thing, the Riverside will definitely deliver. Many of Bangkok’s best hotels are here and inside these hotels you’ll find plenty of amazing restaurants. There’s also some fantastic places to eat scattered down the lanes and alleyways which lead to the water’s edge. For something more memorable, you might decide to take a dinner cruise, which combines sightseeing and tasty Thai food.

  • Sala Rattanakosin Eatery and Bar

    Sala Rattanakosin restaurant offers one of the most iconic views it’s possible to find in Bangkok. Located on the

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  • Le Normandie at Mandarin Oriental

    Le Normandie at Mandarin Oriental

    It’s Bangkok’s first ever fine dining restaurant set in the city’s most prestigious five-star hotel. But does Le Read More»

  • Steve Cafe and Cuisine

    Steve Cafe and Cuisine

    Steve Cafe & Cuisine is tucked away on the riverside, far from busy streets, with no easy access and with no big Read More»

Best Place to Shop on The Riverside

The Riverside used to be all about traditional markets, but now there are newer lifestyle malls competing for your attention. We would recommend checking out both. Try the traditional markets for a taste of how things used to be, then enjoy the modern convenience of the flashier new shopping spots.

  • Asiatique

    Asiatique The Riverfront

    Asiatique The Riverfront is an expansive open-air theme mall with panoramic river views and a delightful fusion of Read More»

  • Tha Maharaj Mall

    Opened at the start of 2015, Tha Maharaj is one of only a handful of shopping malls located in Bangkok’s historic Old Read More»

  • Yodpiman River Walk at Bangkok Flower Market

    Yodpiman River Walk

    Yodpiman River Walk is a lifestyle mall focusing on a heritage theme inspired by the architecture of Thailand’s Ayutahya Read More»

Bes Places to Go at Night

Nightlife along the Riverside is quite relaxed. You might choose to head up to one of the many rooftop bars in the area. One of the most popular evening activities is a river cruise. You won’t find any pumping nightclubs in this part of Bangkok, but Khao San Road or Silom is not far away if you’re looking to continue the party.

  • Apsara River Cruise

    Travelling the Chao Phraya River at night, with the temples lit-up along the banks, is one of the must-do experiences in Read More»

  • Sky Bar Rooftop

    Sky Bar Rooftop at Lebua

    Made even more famous by hosting the Hangover II boys during filming in Bangkok, Sky Bar rooftop at Lebua State Tower Read More»

  • Millennium Hilton Rooftop

    360 Rooftop at Hilton

    360 bar at Millennium Hilton is possibly one of the best rooftop bars in Bangkok but surprisingly one of the least Read More»

Riverside Hotels We Usually Recommend to Our Friends

The Peninsula Bangkok

Guests to the 37 storey Peninsula Hotel will be impressed by the palatial colonial charm but its the faultless service and Read More...

Anantara Bangkok Riverside

Set on a massive plot of land along the banks of the Chao Praya River, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa provides enough Read More...

Chatrium Riverside

The 396-room Chatrium Riverside Hotel offers a relaxed and luxurious stay in Bangkok with all the facilities you would expect of Read More...


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