Bangkok Riverside Guide – Exploring the Best of the Thai Capital’s Riverside Highlights

Often compared to the Thames in London and the Seine in Paris, Bangkok’s River of Kings is an equally important waterway that is not only home to some of the country’s best cultural highlights but retail hubs as well.

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Cruise Around

The best way to discover what lies on either side of the banks of this iconic river is on a Chao Phraya cruise offered by a host of tour organizers including Anantara Cruises among others. A daytime or a nighttime cruise can offer visitors a unique glimpse of all the highlights located on the shores of the river although one should ideally select a cruise which allows one to hop on and hop off while exploring attractions along the way.

Cultural Highlights

The Grand Palace is among the most popular points of interest located on the riverside and a tour of this royal residence is a must not only because it is the home of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, but also known as Wat Phra Kaew. Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn and Wat Pho are all also found on the banks of the river and are exquisite examples of Thai architecture.

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Shopping

The Bangkok Riverside is also a popular shopping area in the city and those who are in search of tasteful souvenirs and consumer wares the lies of apparel, accessories and handbags will also find the malls and shopping centres occupying the riverside offer a host of exciting options.

Malls & Markets

Asiatique: The Riverfront is arguably the best-known retail hotspot in the area although the Chao Phraya Tower Shopping Arcade and the River City are equally large-scale shopping centres. Don’t forget to pop by Bangkok’s famous floating markets which are also located along the channels of the Chao Praya River. The boat retailers at the venue sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetable to bowls of piping hot noodles in this very unusual marketplace.

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Bangkok CityCity Gallery

If you’re staying at Sathorn Hotel, Bangkok City Gallery is relatively just close by. It is a contemporary art gallery that features work by local artists. Consisting of paintings, videos, live performances and even sculptures it is a must see when visiting this city.

Lumpini Park

Lumpini Park is the physical representation of fresh air, shade, and tranquility. The perfect escape from the bustling city, this park being over half a million square kilometres in size, features a plethora of flora and fauna. It is the place many city dwellers visit for a peaceful evening away from the monotone of the city.

Robot Building

Having first opened its doors back in 1986, the original architect describes the design as inspired by his son’s toy robot. This 20 storey building that features eyes and antennae has quickly gained prominence for its iconic look.

Sathorn Unique

If you’re staying at Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel, not too far away is Sathorn Unique. Abandoned since the year 1997, this 50 storey building was initially supposed to be one of the most luxurious residences in all of Bangkok.

 

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Chao Phraya River – The Life Essence of Bangkok!

Termed by King Rama the First, the Chao Phraya River captures the very essence of Bangkok. Today it showcases a juxtaposition of many fascinating aspects of the Thai community.

Take in the Sights of the River Aboard a Vessel

The best way to take in all the exotic sights that are centred around the river such as the magnificent temples is to book yourself on either a dinner cruise. Or an afternoon session on an antique rice barge for the ultimate experience!

Walk Along the Phra Arthit Road

Located parallelly to the river, the Phra Arthit Road stretches from Thammasat University and Phra Sumen Fort. It can be easily reached from many a Bangkok resort including the likes of Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort with ease. Consider visiting the spot towards the evening as the area takes on a lively carnival-like air.

Take in the Pak Khlong Flower Market

Awash in a riot of colour, the Pak Khlong Flower Market is one of the most pleasing spots to visit during an early morning. Here you will be able to find the freshest flowers, vegetables, and fruits for fantastic wholesale prices!

Discover the Westerner Quarter

The old Westerner Quarter harking back to the colonial era is lined with charming antique shops and ageing facades of European architecture. Spend an idyllic afternoon immersing yourself in the unique old-world charm of a bygone era!

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