Bangkok's riverside is where the city’s historic roots lie. It’s 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 luxurious 5-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.
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
Exploring by boat is fun
WHAT IS LESS GOOD:
Not much nightlife
Few places are within walking distance
It can feel touristy
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