The nightlife you’ll find around Bangkok’s Riverside is in stark contrast to the scene downtown – in, say, Sukhumvit or Silom. However, for many visitors to Bangkok, that’s actually a good thing. Much of the after-dark action is contained in charming bars and restaurants which overlook the river, many of which are set in luxury hotels and offer guests live music and entertainment.
As well as some rather sophisticated bars and live music venues on the Chao Phraya, our list of the Top 10 Nightlife at Riverside Bangkok also features some fantastic nigh time excursions, such as river cruises and top notch shows, great for the whole family. No list of the Top 10 Nightlife in Bangkok would feel complete without a rooftop bar either, and the Riverside area has one of the best in the whole city. Find which places have made the cut below.
The Sky Bar at the Lebua State Tower is one of the most popular nightlife spots in the whole of Bangkok, and for plenty of reasons. Firstly, the 360 degree view of the city, especially across the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok city skyline is truly spectacular. The cocktails, although expensive, are extremely creative with the head Mixologist at Lebua creating some unique concoctions with flavoured ice, test tubes, glasses made of ice and more. It does become crowded here due to its ever-growing popularity (thanks in no small part to the boys from The Hangover 2 who filmed there), but Sky Bar at Lebua remains one of the Bangkok’s many must-see attractions. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 00:00
- Address: The Dome at Lebua, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
Travelling the Chao Phraya River at night, with the temples lit-up along the banks, is one of the must-do experiences in Bangkok, and the luxury of the Apsara truly is a cut above the majority of boats travelling this well-worn tourist trail. Taking time to pause in front of the famous sights, passengers are treated to a delicious Thai feast onboard a romantic converted rice-barge. Departing from River City Pier every night at 20:00, you can either embark here or take advantage of the complimentary shuttle bus from Banyan Tree Hotel in Sathorn. Although you miss the sunset, the traffic on the river is much quieter at this time of night, and the temples are lit up for that perfect night-time picture. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Cruise start 20:00 - 21:45
- Location: River City Shopping Complex 23 Trok Rongnamkhaeng, Charoen Krung 30, Si Phaya Pier, Yota Road, Sampantawong
The Millennium Hilton Hotel is one of the most prominent hotels on the Thonburi bank of the Chao Phraya River, and if you’re not staying at this luxury hotel, you can still get a taste of the quality by heading to its stunning rooftop bar at the very top.
Three Sixty Lounge is up there with the best rooftop bars in Bangkok, and in a city that boasts dozens of lofty bars, that’s saying something. True to its name, the venue spoils guests with 360 degree - and unobstructed - panoramic views of Bangkok. There is an outside terrace which is perfect to enjoy the sunset over the river, as well as an indoor lounge - particularly good for when it rains. It’s at this indoor area where you can catch the nightly jazz sessions, starting at 20:00. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 01:00
- Address: Millennium Hilton Hotel, 123 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 442 2000
Calypso Cabaret Show at Asiatique is a popular ladyboy show that shies away from any seedy form of entertainment (for that, head to Patpong or Soi Cowboy), with the emphasis firmly on the music, dancing and costumes.
Thailand is famous for ladyboys and Calypso showcases them doing what they love the most: dressing up to the nines and miming to Cher. The best way to enjoy the show is to don your imaginary feather boa and embrace their world of glitz, glamour and over-the-top drama. Calypso lady Boy Show runs every night from 20:15 and 21:45 at Asiatique. Book your tickets with us below! Read More...
- Opening Hours: Twice daily at 20:15 and 21:45
- Address: 2194 Charoenkrung 72-74 Road, Bangkok
River City is a four-storey mall overlooking sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River. It specialises in antiques and collectibles, with monthly on-site and online auctions, although there’s also a good range of fashion and jewellery shops as well as riverside eateries with outdoor dining terraces. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 20:00
- Location: Charoen Krung Soi 30 (next to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel)
- Address: Charoen Krung Soi 30 (next to the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel)
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 237 0077-8
Cruising along the Chao Phraya River is almost compulsory for those who want to enjoy a relaxing dinner with a scenic view of Bangkok’s well-preserved attractions. River Star Princess Dinner Cruise allows guests to enjoy a two-hour long cruise and buffet experience as they sail along the tranquil Chao Phraya River, witnessing iconic palaces and jewelled temples lit up on the banks on either side.
Starting from River City Shopping Complex next to Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel, guests are asked to check in at 19:00. After checking in there are many shops to explore in River City and a row of modern bars and restaurants lining the promenade if you would like to soak up the atmosphere and see the boats coming and going. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 19:00 – 21:30
- Location: River City Shopping Complex next to Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel
Above Riva at the charming boutique hotel, Riva Arun Bangkok, is a riverside rooftop bar with reasonable prices and panoramic views of the city. This brand new bar and restaurant offers both Thai and international cuisine, and a selection of signature cocktails. Above Riva Rooftop is located on the fourth floor of the Riva Arun Hotel on Maharaj Road, a 20-minute boat ride from the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain station pier. Although the views are hardly skyscraping, you’ll still be towering over surrounding buildings, and close enough to the action on the river to really feel part of the scene. What makes Above Riva Rooftop really special is its breathtaking view of Wat Arun and Wat Pho, two of the city’s most iconic temples. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00-23:30 (daily)
- BTS: Saphan Taksin
- Address: 392/25-26 Maharaj Road, Phra Nakhon
- Tel: +66 (0)2 221 1188
Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Open from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - midnight
- Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
- How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be terrible in this area.
Muay Thai Live at Asiatique Bangkok is an exciting show combining theatrical performances and the ancient martial art of Muay Thai boxing. Expect an engaging plot taking you through ancient Siam all the way up to modern day Bangkok, with plenty of flying kicks, traditional Muay Thai moves, powerful body punches and a touch of romance and comedy thrown in for good measure too.
The whole 90 minute show is perfectly choreographed, although there is nothing fake about the Muay Thai moves and sound of skin hitting skin during the numerous fight scenes. The show runs from 20:00 at The Stage, a modern 600-seater theatre within Asiatique The Riverfront night market in Bangkok. You can book your tickets with us below. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 20:00 - 21:30
- Address: THE STAGE Theatre, Asiatique Bangkok, Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
This stylish bar may well be one of the shortest ‘rooftop’ bars in Bangkok; set on the fifth floor of the Baan Wanglang Hotel, its height pales in comparison to most other venues falling into the same category in Bangkok. However, don’t let this fact put you off; what 342 Bar lacks in height, it more than makes up for in views, which stretch across the majestic Chao Phraya River all the way to the Grand Palace and Wat Arun - both brilliantly lit up at night making for the perfect backdrop some tasty cocktails.
342 Bar run some happy hour promos (buy two cocktails get one free) from 18:00-22:00 and have a good menu of Thai and international food. There is also the Olive Tree restaurant on the ground floor of Baan Wanglang which has a more comprehensive menu and similar (but less impressive) views. This venue is at Wang Lang Pier (turn left as you disembark the boat and the hotel and bar are about one minute away.) Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 - late
- Address: 342 Soi Wat Rakang (Arun Ammarin 18) Bangkok
- Tel: +66 (0) 2 412 7234