The beautiful Chao Phraya River lends the scenic setting to this area. The Chao Phraya rivers promises to enthral the visitor with its ever changing daily routine varying from ferrying passengers, accommodating rice barges, to making you feel like a prince with the dinner cruises it offers. If you are a traveller looking to trace the historical roots of Thailand, this is the place to be in. The Riverside area boasts of the traditional Thai culture and it is home to some famous temples, palaces and spectacular monuments. This is one of the most scenic areas of Thailand. One could do well to walk down the Chinatown and witness the markets, street food vendors and the hawkers still conveying the typical traditional Thai traits. Inspite of a few corporate towers being set up here, the place still lives to retain its old world charm. Let us take a leap and explore this fascinating area on what it has to offer.
The Temple of Dawn: The Temple of dawn or Wat Arun as it is popularly known is famous for its design and architecture. The temple gets its name from King Taksin who reached here at dawn after fighting his way out of Ayutthya, a place which was besieged by the Burmese army at that time. This 70 meter high spire is decorated with tiny coloured pieces of glass and Chinese porcelain. This architectural marvel is bound to enchant any visitor. It looks stunning at any time of the day and looks awesome at the time of dawn.
Wat Pho : Wat Pho (or the temple of the Reclining Buddha), is the largest temple in Bangkok famed for its reclining Buddha which is 46 meters long and covered with a gold leaf. You could enjoy long garden walks inside the premises while feasting on the amazingly beautiful Buddha statues. While here, one is also recommended to visit Wat Pho School of massage famous for providing traditional thai massage.
Wat Phra Kaew: Wat Phra Kaew (also known as Temple of the Emerald Buddha), is famed for its revered image of Buddha which is carved out of a single block of Jade stone. The Emerald Buddha showcases Buddha in a meditative pose. This place is located within the premises of Grand Palace. The Buddha Idol kept here radiates its aura all around.
The Grand Palace: One of the Grand places to visit on the Riverside. It is famous for its awe inspiring architecture crafted in gold. The place also a must visit for a traveller interested in knowing the culture and history of Thailand.
Night life at the Riverside
The Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise: If you really want to enjoy the night life at riverside to the hilt, make sure to be part of one of the Dinner cruises it has to offer. Float in water, partying and witnessing your favourite sights in the night.
Anantara Riverside Spa & Resort: The best luxury you can afford. It has a host of restaurants serving variety of cuisines. An overwhelmingly comfortable place with easy to find ferries for local travel on the riverside.
The Ibis Bangkok Riverside Hotel: A great option for a budget hotel. A good option to stay with the family.
Lebua at State Tower: An excellent hotel offering breathtaking views of the riverside. It is famed for its roof top bar, Sirrocco. Simply put it is Thai Hospitality at its best.