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Hotels on the lower riverside - near Silom and Sathorn

Our journey now takes us back to Saphan Taksin Skytrain (BTS) station, tucked in next to Sathorn Bridge that crosses the Chao Phraya. The biggest advantage of staying at this part of the river is the easy Skytrain access it offers, and Sathorn Pier is also a main gateway from where to catch river taxis and tours. Popular areas like Sathorn, Silom and Siam are quick to reach too.

Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok is one of the most luxurious five-star hotels in Bangkok and its Riverside location offers the best in terms of convenience and beauty. Located on the banks of Chao Phraya River, the hotel has simply stunning views of the river, both from the guestrooms and the lovely poolside area. The location also offers easy access to Bangkok leading shopping, sightseeing and business districts thanks to the adjacent Sky Train at Saphan Taksin BTS Station which enables guests to travel throughout the city with ease. Suvarnabhumi international Airport is only just 30-35 minutes away by car.

Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok is comprised of 802 elegant guestrooms, including 72 suites in two distinctive wings, the Shangri-La Wing and the Krungthep Wing. All rooms are decorated with classic Thai elements, including rich silk fabrics in warm tones. There are six separate restaurants to enjoy, especially the award winning Italian restaurant and a classic Thai restaurant that has a nightly dance show. The hotel has many additional guest options to make a stay here as rich and fulfilling as possible, such as private long tail boat ride to the best riverside attractions and a beautiful dinner cruise that sails up and down the Chao Phraya River taking in all of the best scenery. Read More...

Why Did We Picked This Hotel:

Guests to the 37 storey Peninsula Hotel will be impressed by the palatial colonial charm but its the faultless service and attention to detail that really awes and sets the benchmark for premium luxury hotels to strive towards. Shoes are polished at the touch of a button; your preferred newspaper is noted and delivered each morning, and your favourite breakfast spot is remembered for the duration of your stay. Every request is fulfilled and nothing needs to be asked for twice. This is the superior treatment guests can expect at The Peninsula.

The breakfast buffet in The River Cafe - with a beautiful setting beside the Chao Phraya on one side and lawn on the other - offers a suitably impressive start to the day, while five further restaurants on site each provide something different. Two standout experiences that must be tried at The Peninsula are afternoon tea in The Lobby and the dim-sum in Mei Jiang Cantonese Restaurant. Add to all this one of the finest Spas in the city and you have a complete package of unrestrained luxury that seems to blow through The Peninsula like a gentle breeze. Rooms have a seamless blend of ultra-modern facilities with a plush timeless character, each with uninterrupted views of the majestic Chao Phraya River. Spacious bathrooms with two wash basins and vanity mirrors, and separate bath (with built in television) and shower continue the theme of prestige that instantly impresses upon the guest as they walk into the entrance hall. Deluxe Rooms are around 46sqm making them some of the largest in the city, and afford space for an executive working desk, sofa and coffee table. The rooms in The Peninsula are tastefully decorated and comfortable, shunning current fashion trends for a timeless look of teak wood and muted tones. For those who want a closer connection to the Bangkok riverside, Balcony Rooms on the higher floors offer a comfortable outdoor space with breathtaking views of Bangkok and the activity on the river, the perfect view for a relaxing drink after a day of exploring. Even though The Peninsula is on the opposite side of the river to downtown Bangkok, their three dedicated shuttle ferries are on hand to link guests to the nearby BTS skytrain system in minutes.

What we loved:

 - Impeccable service from dedicated staff, including personalized butler service 
 - Manicured lawns, high ceilings and a mass of dark wood create a luxurious, timeless quality
 - All rooms have views of the river and the Bangkok city skyline
 - Unique cascading swimming pool running down to the riverside, but kept private from walkways by shrubs and tropical flowers
 - Impressive afternoon tea in the relaxed, river-facing lobby, and world-famous Cantonese restaurant, Mei Jiang, with the finest dim-sum in Bangkok Read More...

Why Did We Picked This Hotel:

The five-star Royal Orchid Sheraton summons the age of Thai antiquity with an outstanding resort-style complex that is decked out in rich colours and ornate furnishings, and owing to its huge size, is perfect for many types of traveller. The gold and teak classically styled lobby is an inviting space, with water features, daily musicians playing Thai instruments and even a replica of the Emerald Buddha, the most sacred Buddha image in Thailand. There is little doubt you are in Thailand. On the first floor you will find most of the leisure facilities: two swimming pools, river or garden view, fitness centre, tennis court, onsite Mandara Spa with luxury packages and even an outdoor Thai massage option overlooking the Chao Phraya River. There is also a business centre next to the comprehensive conference and meeting area. The four restaurants available to guests will delight: Italian cuisine at Giorgios, grill specialists at Sambal and Thara Thong traditional Thai Restaurant all offer a special dining experience, on top of the all-day dining at Feast Restaurant.

The 28 storey property houses 726 guestrooms and suites, all with breathtaking river views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The contemporary classic design scheme of soft, earthy tones is pleasant and features heavenly soft beds, flat screen LCD televisions, work station, Wi-Fi available at a daily rate and fresh fruit delivered to rooms daily. The entry-level Deluxe Rooms measure 36 sqm, larger than most recent five-star developments, and this increases to 70 sqm for the Executive Suites that have seriously impressive wrap around windows showing Bangkok in all its glory. For business travellers or leisure guests who intend to spend a lot of time at the hotel, booking a Club Room, which not only gives a better view from the 27th floor or above, allows you entry to the Club Lounge (also available for all Suites), with private breakfast, complimentary use of meeting rooms, high tea, evening cocktails and free use of the computer station.

What we loved:

- Riverside location with river views from every room thanks to bespoke Y shape design
- Charming antique barge with plush seats used as a shuttle to and from Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain Station
- Signature soft beds ensure a blissful nights sleep, with king or double queen configurations
- Four speciality restaurants serving a wide range of cuisine
- Two swimming pools (one saltwater pool with river views and one in a garden setting with kids pool, submerged bar) Read More...

Hotels on the upper riverside, near Khao San and Chinatown

From the River City Shopping Complex, the Chao Phraya runs through Bangkok’s Chinatown, Phurat Textile Market and Saphan Phut Bridge, before entering the Old City, also called Rattanakosin Island. This is the historic part of Bangkok, where you will find important cultural and historical landmarks, such as The Grand Palace, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, National Museum, The Royal Field, The Golden Mount and Wat Saket (The Giant Swing).

Why Did We Picked This Hotel:

Just minutes walk from the pier at Pra Athit, Riva Surya is a visual delight, with as much consideration put into the hotels public spaces as the rooms. French windows open on to a large courtyard behind the hotel, with a swimming pool and plenty of room to lounge, either on the daybeds that fringe the river or under the shaded veranda. Babble and Rum restaurant and bar is the ideal location for a riverside evening drink or a hearty plate of high-quality Thai or Western fare. There are also plenty of decent restaurants and bars in this area, and famous backpacker street Khao San Road is only five minutes walk away. Riva Surya is handy for visits to the Grand Palace and surrounding temples but getting into town is a little trickier, either by taxi or taking the river boat, which runs until 7pm and takes around 20 minutes to the pier near Sapphan Taksin BTS.

All 68 rooms are decorated in muted shades. Urban rooms face quiet leafy Pra Athit Street, with shuttered balconies that offer a private space to sit outdoors and watch the world go by. Riva corner rooms offer a fabulous 90 degree view of the river, but our pick is the Deluxe Riva Rooms with balconies that overlook the river. All rooms are well-equipped, with large flat-screen TVs, Ipod decks, DVD players and a substantial desk area. Frosted glass encloses the chic bathroom and walk-in shower. Careful thought has been put into the decor and furnishings: modern rocking chairs, cosy armchairs, luxury linen and soft lighting make these rooms a pleasure to spend time in.

What we loved:

- Amazing views from rooms with river facing balconies
- Located in old town only minutes by taxi from Grand Palace and temples
- Exquisite modern Thai design
- Riverside pool with plenty of space to lounge
- Tasty cocktails at Babble and Rums funky terrace bar
- Within walking distance of Khao San Road


Why Did We Picked This Hotel:

There are many quirky traits to Praya Palazzo: a quick call from Pra Athit Pier or Rajaworavihara Pier and a barge will collect you and your bags and deliver you quickly and safely to the other side of the Chao Phraya - the only way to access the hotel. Check-in is done during your brief boat ride so you can waltz straight in and up to your room. Although Praya Palazzo is only accessible via the water you never feel cut off, only a minute away from the bars and restaurants of Pra Athit and Khao San, with the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and the Temple of Dawn only another short ride away. This hotel balances seclusion, whilst still being in a bustling, interesting part of Bangkok. The mansion was built in 1923 and they have kept as many of the original fixtures as possible, resulting in an extremely romantic setting. Amenities are limited, but they have added a cool lava rock lined pool to the front lawn, with a terrace overlooking the river thats perfect for enjoying a delicious Thai dinner or a cocktail from the bar.

With only 17 rooms the hotel never feels busy, and the staff offer a warm welcome and personal service. The colonial feel has been preserved in the rooms as well, with curved wooden doors and high ceilings. Vintage inspired paper lines the walls, and the chandeliers sway slightly in the air-conditioning. The rooms may have an old world feel to them they come with modern touches to make your stay more comfortable including free Wi-Fi, satellite television, complimentary mini-bar and large rain shower. If you want a view of the river we recommend requesting the rooms on the first floor, as the windows on the ground floor are obscured by the luscious gardens.

What we loved:

- Check-in on your short boat journey to hotel, so you can go straight to your room
- Rooms decorated in the style of Rama V with high ceilings and period furniture
- Large, comfortable beds with super soft sheets
- Breakfast overlooking the river
- Lava tiled swimming pool surrounded by greenery
- Friendly welcoming staff who go the extra mile
- Hotel offers the perfect blend of seclusion whilst being only a minutes boat ride from Pra Athit Pier



Why Did We Picked This Hotel:

Casa Nithra Bangkok offers a four-star luxury boutique stay in Thailand thriving capital located on Bangkok 176 Samsen Road, Phra Nakorn. The fun and famous touristy road of Khao San is within an approximate 300 meters from the hotel where you can find a great shopping scene wonderful street food and experience one of the main attractions of central Bangkok. You will also have the citys significant landmarks at hand such as Wat Pho the Giant Swing and Wat Suthat Wat Ratchanadda (with Loha Prasat) as well as the Democracy Monument. A few steps out of Casa Nithra you can enjoy a wide variety of street food day and night.

Casa Nithra Bangkok presents a collection of Superior and Deluxe rooms and Suites offering 26 with 32 and 40sqm of space respectively. The Superior Rooms are fitted with comfy twin or king-size beds and interiors feature Thai accents a host of amenities that include complimentary Wi-Fi internet access 32in screen LED TV with satellite and cable channel selections in-room safe deposit box IDD telephone individually-controlled air conditioning mini-bar with snacks and coffee and tea-making facilities. The Deluxe Rooms and Suites feature similar set of amenities with 40in screen LED TVs. Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the hotels public spaces and other facilities include a restaurant and bar a rooftop pool and bar and tuk-tuk shuttle services. Read More...

Luxury Hotels on Bangkok Riverside

These hotels have it all! You will get the complete resort experience right in the heart of Bangkok at these five-star stunners. The prices are high but the range of leisure facilities, stylish rooms and well-oiled efficiency that you will find surely makes it worth the cost for those who expect the best.

Why Did We Picked This Hotel:

The legendary service of The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok dates back 125 years when it was first opened as a seamans lodge along the Chao Phraya River. It typifies a golden age of travel and attends the needs of guests at the highest levels. The recently retired legendary General Manager of the hotel, Kurt Wachtveitl, has spent 41 years ensuring that the Oriental has no rival for excellence of comfort, dignity and style. Read More...

Why Did We Picked This Hotel:

Set on a massive plot of land along the banks of the Chao Praya River, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa provides enough reasons to never leave the hotel, with 11 separate restaurants and bars, beautiful pool area fringed by palms, tennis court and fully equipped gym with planned activities. Add to this the famous Anantara Spa with a range of treatments and Crayon, a staffed childrens playroom, and you have activities to please the whole family. With many elements of Thai design mixed with a profusion of wood and high ceilings straight from the colonial era, the low-rise resort feels separated from the hustle of downtown Bangkok, even though it is only a 15 minute boat ride to the pier and BTS Station at Saphan Taksin.

Rooms are similarly decorated in a colonial era style, with a dark wood design, Thai art on the walls and a private balcony looking out towards either a tropical forest or the Chao Praya River. They do keep up with the times however, with an iPod dock in every room along with WiFi, TV and DVD player. Deluxe Rooms are 38 sqm and, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, receive plenty of natural light. Deluxe Premier rooms are more recently renovated and feel slightly more opulent, although the whole hotel has been executed perfectly for guests who want to sample a relaxing and traditional side of Bangkok.  

What we loved:

- 11 acres of land covered in tropical plants, trees with crisscrossing waterways
- Low-rise hotel with a tropical feel and palm tree fringed swimming pool area
- Free shuttle boat to Saphan Taksin Pier and BTS Station every 30 minutes
- 11 separate restaurants and bars including Italian, Polynesian, Japanese cuisine
- Anantara evening dinner and cruise on a restored antique rice barge
- Kids club with activities timetable, games consoles and a dedicated staff free for all guests
- Famous Anantara Spa for onsite pampering



Mid Range Hotels on The Riverside

For people want a full set of facilities but don’t expect perfection at every turn, these mid-range hotels are for you. Sure, you get a nice pool, room service, concierge, but the price is kept lower in different ways – for example, reduced selections at breakfast or slightly smaller guestrooms. The competition in Bangkok is so fierce that prices get reduced on five-star hotels pushing them into mid-range territory. But make no mistake, these are excellent hotels!

Why Did We Picked This Hotel:

The 396-room Chatrium Riverside Hotel offers a relaxed and luxurious stay in Bangkok with all the facilities you would expect of five-star premises: penthouse-style business centre, sparklingly clean gym and the Nemita Spa for some professional pampering. All fine so far, but what makes this towering hotel stand out is its riverside location and floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the vibrant Chao Praya River as a backdrop. There are two on-site restaurants offering dim-sum on the 36th floor and world cuisine on the ground floor with seating inside and out. The stylish contemporary decor is designed to reflect Bangkoks boating heritage and service is a shining example of warm and helpful Thai hospitality.

Rooms at Chatrium are large in size and feel. Floor-to-ceiling windows create a light and airy feel in every room and make for amazing views when you wake up in the morning. The entry-level Grand Rooms are still 60sqm which allow space for basic cooking facilities and balconies big enough to actually walk out and enjoy the view. For families or large groups, the Two Bedroom Suites are 120sqm with en-suite bathrooms and two balconies offering different views of the river or city centre. What Bangkok lacks in terms of a coastline or mountain range, it makes up for with the Chao Praya River and Chatrium Riverside Hotel is ideally placed to make the most of it.

What we loved:

- Unsurpassed views of Bangkoks meandering riverside
- Contemporary Thai style decor
- Dedicated pier and shuttle ferry to transport you downtown
- Silver Waves dim-sum restaurant on the top floor
- Constant breeze off the river and relaxed atmosphere
- Spacious rooms with kitchen space and a separate bath and shower in every room


Sala Rattanakosin is a beautiful boutique hotel which offers one of the best views in the city, overlooking the river and directly opposite Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn. The hotel has that rustic yet modern feel with brick walls and smooth lines. This is a small hotel, with only 17 rooms, meaning you get attentive service as well as peace and quiet. There are five room types, starting with the standard. For a view of Wat Pho or the River View, there is a small selection of deluxe rooms. All guestrooms are decorated in a simple modern monochrome palette, with hot showers in the en suite bathrooms, flat screen televisions, air conditioning, a mini bar and hot drinks making facilities. Breakfast is served overlooking the river.

Staying here will mean you are only a short walk or boat ride from the amazing temples in the city and the Grand Palace. The Museum Siam is also nearby. Friendly staff can arrange spa treatments or a sightseeing tour. Onsite, the highlight is of course the restaurant that shares the hotel name Sala Rattanakosin. Here you can enjoy the tasty Thai and international menu, with dishes such as tikka spiced salmon fillet and chicken khao soi. Head to the rooftop bar for sunset, where you can savour some original cocktails or just chill out with a local beer. Read More...

Cheaper Hotels on the Riverside

Choosing the right hotel in any budget is difficult, but getting a cheap (but good) hotel is one of the hardest of all to get right. In every destination the definition of ‘cheap’ changes, and so too does the quality of budget friendly hotels. We have spent many years trying to find the best compromise between quality and price. In this section we have selected hotels that are among the cheapest in the area yet are still sure to put a smile on your face – we only pick places we would be happy to send our families!

Ibis Bangkok Riverside is located directly on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It takes 30 minutes by car to reach Suvarnabhumi International Airport but guests are only 4 km away from the city centre. There are 266 non-smoking rooms available at the hotel. Every room has a modern design and impressive modern furnishings, including air conditioning, cable TV and a coffee-making machine. A safety deposit box is also provided and all of the 266 rooms have a working area that includes a work desk. A fridge and mini bar can also be found in each room. Ibis Bangkok Riverside offers free shuttle rides to Krungthonburi BTS Skytrain Station. Guests can also enjoy free parking services as well as free Wi-Fi access. The hotels restaurant has an interesting name. The restaurant is called Its all about TASTE and it serves its guests both international and local cuisine. There is also a bar at the lobby where guests can request light snacks and choose from a fine selection of drinks. Read More...

Why Did We Picked This Hotel:

When you stay at New Siam Riverside, you'll be within a 15-minute walk of Khao San Road and National Museum Bangkok. After having fun at the outdoor pool, you can grab a bite to eat at the restaurant.Other highlights include a terrace, and rooms offer refrigerators and free WiFi. Read More...




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