Bangkok Riverside

Everything You Need to Know About Bangkok Riverside

Bangkok's riverside is where its historic roots lie; the traditional heartland of this magical city with origins that read like an epic novel - complete with fallen and rising Kingdoms, heroes and traitors.

One of the most fascinating and scenic areas of Bangkok, the riverside reflects a constantly changing scene day and night; water-taxis ferrying commuters and heavily laden rice barges chugging upstream, set against a backdrop of glittering temples and palaces, historical landmarks and luxury, five-star hotels.

Despite some condominiums and corporate towers that have risen from the river banks over the past decade or so, the area has retained its unique identity, exclusiveness and seductive charm.

You'll find many of Bangkok's finest hotels straddling the river, with generations-old restaurants and shops scattered in between. It's certainly one of the most atmospheric neighbourhoods in Bangkok. 

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Bangkok Riverside at a Glance

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.

WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT BANGKOK RIVERSIDE:
  • Plenty of unique sightseeing
  • Relaxing city break
  • The charm of Bangkok without traffic jams
  • Beautiful rooftops
  • Exploring by boat is fun
WHAT IS LESS GOOD:
  • Not much nightlife
  • Few places are within walking distance
  • It can feel touristy

1st Time on the Riverside? This will help!

  • 1st Time in Bangkok Riverside

    1st Time in Bangkok Riverside

    Bangkok Riverside has more resort-style hotels than anywhere else in the city. It means this area attracts honeymooners, Read More»

  • Top 10 Attractions in Riverside Bangkok

    10 Best Things to Do in Riverside

    Bangkok’s Riverside is bursting its banks full of top quality attractions; so much so that any trip to the Thai capital Read More»

  • Top 10 Hotels Riverside

    10 Best Riverside Hotels

    Bangkok Riverside hotels are surely the finest the city has to offer. World-renowned five-star properties hug the Read More»

  • 10 Best Riverside Restaurants

    Bangkok’s Riverside is home to some of the best restaurants in town, many of which take advantage of the cool breezes Read More»

  • Top 10 Nightlife in Riverside Bangkok

    Top 10 Nightlife in Riverside

    As well as one of the best rooftop bars in Bangkok, our Top 10 nightlife picks along the Riverside features stylish Read More»

  • Top 10 Riverside Shopping

    10 Best Riverside Shopping

    The Chao Phraya River is surrounded by excellent shopping opportunities, from night markets to international shopping Read More»

  • Top 10 Hotels Riverside

    10 Best Riverside Hotels

    Bangkok Riverside hotels are surely the finest the city has to offer. World-renowned five-star properties hug the Read More»

  • All Bangkok Riverside Hotels

    All Bangkok Riverside Hotels

    Riverside hotels are abundant in number, and you can find a list of riverside hotels in an alphabetical order, along Read More»

  • Where to Stay in Bangkok Riverside - Editor's Hotel Guide

    Packed to the brim with many delightful sights, alluring charms and a deep-rooted historical connection to the city's Read More»

  • 10 Best Affordable Hotels in Riverside

    10 Best Affordable Hotels in Riverside

    The best budget hotels in Bangkok Riverside are not as renowned as the palatial resorts that sit proudly on the Chai Read More»

  • 10 Best Romantic Hotels in Riverside

    10 Best Romantic Hotels in Riverside

    The best romantic hotels in Riverside Bangkok are the best places for a secluded visit to the Thai capital. With Read More»

  • 10 Best Family Hotels in Riverside

    10 Best Family Hotels in Riverside

    The best family hotels in Bangkok riverside are suitable for your whole family thanks to kid's clubs, great leisure 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»

  • 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»

  • Wat Pra Kaew

    Wat Phra Kaew

    Temple of Emerald Buddha, or Wat Phra Kaew, is the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand. It enshrines a highly 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»

  • Calypso Ladyboy Show in Bangkok

    Calypso Ladyboy Show

    This is one of our many handpicked tours that are tried and tested – prior to being offered to you. Many years of 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»

  • 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»

  • 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»

  • 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»

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...

Mei Jiang Restaurant

A refined atmosphere and delectable Cantonese cuisine are the hallmarks of Mei Jiang Restaurant on the ground floor of Read More...

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...

Featured Stories

  • The Jam Factory Bangkok

    The Jam Factory Bangkok is a creative space, restaurant, cafe and bookshop in what used to be an old factory. The Read More»

  • Above Riva Rooftop Restaurant

    Above Riva at the charming boutique hotel, Riva Arun Bangkok, is a riverside rooftop bar with reasonable prices and Read More»

  • Attitude Rooftop at Avani Bangkok

    Attitude Rooftop at Avani Bangkok Hotel is a Riverside cocktail bar that offers an excellent place to head to in the Read More»

  • Chakrabongse Villas Restaurant

    The ultra-exclusive and truly gorgeous Chakrabongse Villas is perched over the Chao Phraya River, set in a traditional Read More»

  • River & Waterways

    Exploring Bangkok by boat

    Exploring Bangkok by boat is cheap and in some way more authentic - but confusing! We compiled this river manual, 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»

Useful Information

  • BTS Saphan Taksin (S6)

    BTS Saphan Taksin

    The last station before crossing over the Chao Phraya River, this station connects with the Chao Phraya Express Boat at Read More»

  • Bangkok Riverside Map

    Our interactive map displays all available hotels with photos, facilities and guest comments as well as attractions, Read More»

  • Getting Around Riverside

    The Chao Phraya express boat system connects with the BTS Skytrain at Saphan Taksin Station, providing easy access Read More»

Riverside Travel Guide

All Bangkok Riverside Hotels

All Bangkok Riverside Hotels

Riverside hotels are abundant in number, and you can find a list of riverside hotels in an alphabetical order, along Read More...

Bangkok Riverside

Bangkok Riverside Overview

The Chao Phraya is the city's main artery, pumping life into Bangkok. Here the scene is constantly changing with water- Read More...

Riverside Restaurants

Riverside Restaurants A-Z

Blessed by a cool breeze, the Riverside offers a scenic change to Bangkok's inner-city stuffiness. It's a great place Read More...

Bangkok Riverside Nightlife

Bangkok Riverside Nightlife A-Z

Nightlife at the riverside has an altogether different definition than, say, Silom or Sukhumvit. Here, chic jazz or Read More...

Bangkok Riverside Shopping

Bangkok Riverside Shopping A-Z

The riverside is more about history than modern-day commercialism. For shopping, though, head to The Rivercity Complex Read More...

Riverside Attractions

Riverside Attractions A-Z

Many of Bangkok's most famous attractions are located along the river banks, the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), the Read More...

 

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