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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.

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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 stunning views of the river, both from the guestrooms and the lovely poolside area. The location also offers easy access to Bangkok’s leading shopping, sightseeing and business districts thanks to the adjacent Skytrain at Saphan Taksin.

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, a highlight being the award-winning Italian restaurant and a classic Thai restaurant that has a nightly dance show.

What We Loved:

  • Riverside location but with the added convenience of the BTS Skytrain on your doorstep
  • Incredible choice at meal times, with its Italian restaurant Volti (formerly Angelini’s) our personal favourite
  • One of the finest hotel pools in Bangkok right next to the Chao Phraya River
  • Large, grand hotel that has a memorable charm
  • Guestroom amenities are very high quality – from the slippers to the toiletries
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4.8/5
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Guests to the 37 storey Peninsula Hotel will be impressed by the palatial colonial charm but it’s the faultless service and attention to detail that really awes and sets the benchmark that premium luxury hotels. 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.

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. 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. All guestrooms have 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. Deluxe Rooms are around 46sqm allow 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.

What We Loved: 

  • Impeccable service from dedicated staff, including personalised 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
  • Mei Jiang: the finest Cantonese restaurant in Bangkok 
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The five-star Royal Orchid Sheraton is a huge hotel that summons the age of Thai antiquity with an outstanding resort-style complex that is decked out in rich colours and ornate furnishings. The gold and teak classically styled lobby is an inviting space, with water features, musicians playing Thai instruments and even a replica of the Emerald Buddha. 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. There are four restaurants – we especially like Thara Thong Thai Restaurant with traditional floor seating.

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. Executive Suites that have seriously impressive wrap around windows showing Bangkok in all its glory.

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 night’s 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)
     
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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).

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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 onto 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 Khao San Road is only five minutes’ away.

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. 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 City 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 Rum's funky terrace bar
  • Within walking distance of Khao San Road
     
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4.4/5
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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 also close by.

The mansion was built in 1923 and they have kept as many original fixtures, 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 that’s 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 excellent service. The colonial feel has been preserved in the rooms as well, with curved wooden doors and high ceilings. The rooms may feel old-world world but they come with modern touches to make your stay more comfortable including free Wi-Fi, satellite television, complimentary mini-bar and rain shower.

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
  • Breakfast overlooking the river
  • Lava tiled swimming pool surrounded by greenery
  • Hotel offers the perfect blend of seclusion whilst being only a minutes boat ride from Pra Athit Pier
     

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Casa Nithra Bangkok offers a four-star luxury boutique stay in on the Chao Phraya Riverside, close to – but not in – the fun and famous tourist hub of Khao San Road where you can find great shopping, wonderful street food and friendly travelers from all over the world. You will also have the city’s significant landmarks at hand such as Wat Pho, the Giant Swing, and Loha Prasat Temple. A few steps out of Casa Nithra you can enjoy a wide variety of street food day and night, although Sirin, the in-house restaurant, comes highly recommended.

Reflecting the historic neighbourhood, Casa Nithra Bangkok presents a collection of Superior and Deluxe rooms and Suites designed with touches of Thai antiquity. The Superior Rooms are fitted with comfy twin or king-size beds and interiors feature a host of amenities that include complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, 32in screen TV and a reasonably priced mini-bar. 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 an attractive rooftop pool with sun loungers and tuk-tuk shuttle services.

What We Loved: 

  • Boutique hotel with personalised service – feels like family
  • Classic Thai food from Sirin, the in-house restaurant
  • Rooftop pool with comfy loungers
  • Close to Khao San Road and Phra Athit Pier, but far enough away for peace and quiet

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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.

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This hotel needs no introduction. The first choice for royalty and celebrities visiting the capital, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok was the first five-star hotel in the city (opened in 1879) and has retained a rarefied quality due to constant updates while still keeping that late-19th century charm for which it is famed. With 339 guestrooms and suites split over two wings, this is a large hotel, yet thanks to tropical gardens and grounds on both sides of the river, life at Mandarin Oriental never feels rushed, and the legendary service truly stands up to its name. The location is a definite plus point. Guests get a peaceful riverside location, and are still only minutes from the BTS Skytrain.

The customer service is faultless: the elevator staff greet you by name and memorise your floor number, butlers on every floor are ready at a moment’s notice and every whim is catered for with style and grace. Meal times are definite highlights here: Iconic French haute cuisine at Le Normandie, traditional Thai at Sala Rim Naam, bountiful seafood buffets from Lord Jim’s, classic Cantonese from China House, and a gorgeous al fresco meal at The Terrace… each is worthy of praise! One hting is for sure, Mandarin Oriental is a luxury hotel that doesn't cut corners.

What We Loved: 

  • Legendary hotel with a grand ambiance
  • Customer service is impeccable. The lift operator memorises your floor!
  • Riverside location but close to BTS Skytrain
  • The river shuttle will pick you up from the BTS Station on demand
  • Nine very high level restaurants – and the greatest breakfast buffet in Bangkok

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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 a staffed children’s playroom. 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 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 Wi-Fi, TV and DVD player. The whole hotel has been executed perfectly for guests who want to sample a relaxing and traditional side of Bangkok.

What We Loved:

  • Eleven 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
  • Eleven separate restaurants and bars including Italian, Polynesian, Japanese cuisine
  • Kids club with activities timetable, games consoles and a dedicated staff free for all guests
  • Famous Anantara Spa for onsite pampering

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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!

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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.

What We Loved:

  • Unsurpassed views of Bangkok’s meandering riverside
  • Contemporary Thai style decor
  • Dedicated pier and shuttle ferry to transport you downtown
  • Silver Waves dim-sum restaurant on the top floor
  • Spacious rooms with kitchen space and a separate bath and shower in every room
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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. All guestrooms are decorated in a simple modern monochrome palette. 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. Onsite, the highlight is of course the restaurant that shares the hotel name Sala Rattanakosin. Head to the rooftop bar for sunset, where you can savour some original cocktails or just chill out with a local beer.

What We Loved:

  • Rooftop bar is one of the most romantic spots in all of Bangkok
  • Wake up looking out at Wat Arun across the river
  • Located close to Bangkok’s most famous temples
  • Urbane, modern boutique hotel
     
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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!

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Ibis Bangkok Riverside is located directly on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It is on the far side of the river from downtown Bangkok, but with direct river views – which is rare for a hotel in this budget. The city centre is 4 km away. There are 266 non-smoking rooms available at the hotel. Every room has a modern design, including air conditioning, cable TV and a coffee-making machine. Ibis Bangkok Riverside offers free shuttle rides to Krungthonburi BTS Skytrain Station and there’s free parking services as well as free Wi-Fi access. There is also a bar at the lobby where guests can request light snacks and choose from a fine selection of drinks.

What We Loved:

  • Great location on the calm side of the river
  • Free shuttle to Krung Thonburi BTS Station
  • Rooms are clean and functional
  • Great value for a riverside hotel

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This renowned hotel is one of our favourite places to stay on Phra Athit Road, the bohemian hangout near Khao San Road. New Siam Riverside couldn’t accurately be described as ‘new’, but it is not without its charm. The profusion of wooden decoration has a 90s vibe while guestrooms are rather large and have plenty of natural light flowing in through the windows, some of which have balconies and river views – definitely worth it.
There is an outdoor pool alongside a large, riverside terrace is a lovely space for watching the world come and go while you grab a bite to eat at the restaurant. When you stay at New Siam Riverside, you'll be within a 10-minute walk of Khao San Road and National Museum Bangkok.

What We Loved:

  • Great location for exploring the Old city, surrounded by restaurants and bars
  • Large rooms are ageing but have charm
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Large terrace with a restaurant and swimming pool, all with river views

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