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16 Best Attractions In Bangkok Riverside You Should Visit 2020

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Tired of the traffic and congestion of downtown Bangkok and looking for somewhere to chill? Bangkok’s riverside is where you should visit and stay all day. I believe some of you may wonder what’s so special about the riverside.

When we mention ‘Riverside’, we are actually referring to the area surrounding the Chao Phraya River, which is also known as the River of Kings. Bangkok’s riverside is where the city’s historic roots lie as in previous centuries, life was revolved around the river. The riverside is one of the most fascinating areas in Bangkok as many of the historical sites and most beautiful temples are found on the river banks.

I would say the riverside is certainly the most scenic area in Bangkok. There are so many attractions around the riverside for you to explore! No worries, your guide is here to show you what’s trending now in the Bangkok riverside.

1) Asiatique The Riverfront

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If you fancy fashion and gadgets, Asiatique is the place you definitely shouldn’t miss! Asiatique occupies a huge replica warehouse complex in Bangkok Riverside and it has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city which are night bazaar and malls. It has over 1500 boutiques and 40 restaurants here! Besides shopping and eating, you can also be entertained by some incredible and unique shows here!

The best part is the Ferris wheel which offers a breathtaking night view!

Tips: The best way to get here is by boat. Asiatique also operates free shuttle services between 4PM – 11PM

Opening Hours: 4PM – 12AM (Daily)

Location: 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Wat Phraya Krai, Khet Bang Kho Laem, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand

How to get there: Take BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle boat

2)River City Bangkok Mall

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River City is a 4-storey shopping mall which is facing the extensive view of Chao Phraya River. This is one of the most well-known landmarks in the Bangkok riverside, which is also known as the paradise for antique lovers and collectors. The mall is mainly focused on Asian arts and antiques, although there’s also a good range of fashion boutiques, handicrafts shops and restaurants, all featuring outdoor terraces overlooking riverside.

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Tips: There will be monthly auctions take place at the Si-La-Sai Convention Hall (4th floor) every first Saturday of the month.

Opening Hours: 10AM – 10PM (Daily)

Location: 23 Soi Charoen Krung 24, Talat Noi, Samphanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand

How to get there: Take BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle boat (10am – 8pm)

3)Yodpiman River Walk

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Yodpiman is a great place to amble around as it is a good atmosphere community mall where you can enjoy the beautiful riverside scenery. The building of Yodpiman Riverwalk is of Colonial-style architecture, of which its interior decorations, are inspired by diverse eras of capital cities in Thai history. From here, you can also access to the biggest and oldest flower market in Thailand, Pak Khlong Talat.

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The famous 24-hour Pak Khlong Talat flower market is not just the biggest flower market in the nation, but also one of the most colorful tourist attractions.

Opening Hours: 11:30AM – 11PM (Daily)

Location: 174, Chakphet Road Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200 Thailand

How to get there: Take Chao Phraya Express Boat (blue flag or orange flag) at Sathorn Pier

4)Tha Maharaj Mall

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The Maharaj Mall is a beautiful boutique mall with craft shops and other shops that sell more traditional Thai goods. But what attracts me about the mall is its elegant pavilion-style architecture, which blends in well with the aging shop houses and rich cultural heritage of the surrounding area.

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Since it is just located at the riverside, Maharaj Mall has its own pier and you can enjoy the beauty scenery of the Chao Phraya river here. Even the Starbucks is here with the river view.

Opening Hours: 10AM – 10PM (Daily)

Location: 11/1 Maharaj Rd, Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

How to get there: Can be reach by Chao Phraya Express Boat, Chao Phraya Tourist Boat, Ferry Crossing Boat, Long-Tail Boats and Private Boats.

5) Harmonique

Here is where you can enjoy authentic Thai food and service in a beautiful setting! You can choose many of the dishes as small or large size. Good way to try many different dishes.

Harmonique perfectly satisfies both local and foreign tongues as the menu here is mix of Thai and international dishes. This is because the restaurant is run by 3 sisters who wanted to share their love of home cooked traditional food that suit the taste of foreigners.

Opening Hours: 11AM – 10PM (Mon – Sat)

Location: 22 Charoen Krung 34 Alley, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500

Contact: +66 2 630 6270

How to get there: Take the BTS to SAPHAN TAKSIN station and grab a taxi from there

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6) Thiptara

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Thiptara is part of The Peninsula Hotel and is very well-positioned next to the Chaophraya river. If you are looking for a memorable high-end Thai feast, here it is! At Thiptara, you can enjoy the high-quality Thai cuisine while watching the boats on the water and the city lights.

According to the MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View, Thiptara’s traditional Thai menu ticks all the right boxes. Spice levels are full-on, a major boon to the local families that come here and specialities include Kaeng Phet Pet Yang (red duck curry) and Pla-Hi-Ma Sam Rot (deep-fried snow fish with a sweet and sour sauce).

Opening Hours:
Lunch: 12:00 am – 2:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Location: 333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan | The Peninsula Bangkok, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

Contact:  +66 2 020 2888

How to get there: Take the BTS to SAPHAN TAKSIN station and grab a taxi from there

7)The Deck by Arun Residence

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The Deck is offering menu of European and Thai fusion dishes at very reasonable prices. Appetizers are around 200 Baht, Mains 300 to 500 Baht and desserts around 300 Baht.

The Deck is well known for its amazing scenery too. Not only the beautiful river view, but you can also enjoy the incredible view of the beautiful temple, Wat Arun.

Tips: Book in advance if you want to get the best spots for the river views

Opening Hours:
10AM – 9PM (MON – THUR)
10AM – 10PM (FRI – SUN)

Location: 36-38 Pratu Nokyung Alley, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

Contact:  +66 2 221 9158

How to get there: Take the BTS to SAPHAN TAKSIN station and grab a ferry to pier 8

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8)Apsara Dinner Cruise

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What is the best way to enjoy the beautiful night view of the mighty Chao Phraya River while enjoying authentic Thai cuisine? Yes, a dinner cruise! Apsara is an elegant restaurant in Bangkok, cruising along the Chao Phraya River. The first-class service, royal Thai cuisine freshly prepared on-board, make Apsara the best way to dine on the river and enjoy the night view of Bangkok.

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Good News! You can grab the deal here to enjoy this unique experience!

Opening Hours: Dinner 8PM – 10:15pm

Location: 21, 100 S Sathon Rd, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

How to get there: Take the BTS to SAPHAN TAKSIN station and grab a shuttle boat to River City Mall

Where to chill (Nightlife)

9)Sky Bar at Lebua Bangkok

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Well, if you are fear of height, you can just skip this one. Suspended on a precipice 820 feet in the air, Sky Bar is one of the highest rooftop bars in the world. Come for magic hour, or sundown, or after dark—you can enjoy different scene from hour to hour, thanks to the fading light, the flickering cityscape, and a backlit bar that changes colour throughout the night. This Sky Bar is also rewarded as one of the Incredible Rooftop Bars to visit around the world by The Telegraph UK.

Tips: Athletic or sports uniforms, slippers, beach sandals and flip-flops are not permitted.

Opening Hours: Dinner 8PM – 10:15pm

Location: 63rd Floor, State Tower Bangkok, 1055 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand.

How to get there: Take the BTS to SAPHAN TAKSIN station and a 10-minute walk to get to the Lebua building

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10) Three Sixty Lounge at Millennium Hilton Hotel

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Three Sixty is one of Bangkok’s most unique rooftop bars. Combining a vibrant jazz lounge with outdoor rooftop terrace, Three Sixty is the only Bangkok venue to boast unhindered views over the entire, dazzling metropolis.

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Photo via Millennium Hilton Hotel

Besides the incredible view, its creative cocktail is the highlight of the bar. You should experience a unique drinks concept designed to echo the time of day at Three Sixty.

Opening Hours: 5PM – 1AM

Location: 63rd Floor, State Tower Bangkok, 1055 Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand.

How to get there: Take the BTS to SAPHAN TAKSIN station and jump on a free shuttle boat

11)The River Bar at The Peninsula Hotel

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Located at the luxurious Peninsula Hotel, The River Bar will impress you with its cocktails and enchanting atmosphere. Their signature ‘Thaijito’ is a blend of cheap ingredients like common Thai rum, peach schnapps, lime juice, mint, pineapple and sugar, yet the end result is surprisingly satisfying, even more so if you sip your drink as the sun sets over the river.

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Opening Hours: 3PM – 12AM

Contact: +66 (0)2 020 2888

Location: The Peninsula Hotel Bangkok (Ground Level), 333 Charoen Nakhon Rd, Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600, Thailand

How to get there: Take the BTS to SAPHAN TAKSIN station and grab a taxi from there

12) 342 Rooftop Bar at Baan Wanglang Hotel

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If the bars mentioned before are out of you budget, here is the best option for you. 342 Bar offers fantastic river view of Chao Phraya River with affordable prices. It is also known for its 360° panoramic view of the river and many of Bangkok’s Old Town landmarks such as Wat Phra Kaew or Wat Arun.

Opening Hours: 4PM – 12AM

Contact: +66 (0)2 412 7234

Location: 342 Soi Wat Rakhang, Prannok Rd, Siriraj Bankoknoi, Bangkok 10700, Thailand

How to get there: Take the BTS to SAPHAN TAKSIN station and jump on a river ferry to Wang Lang Pier

13) Visit The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keaw

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The Grand Palace is definitely the MUST-SEE attractions in Bangkok. Your trip will not be completed without visiting the magnificent palace. The ticket may be a little pricey (500baht), but as you explore around the area, you will understand why.

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The Grand Palace was once lived in by Kings is courtyards of countless majestic and all inspiring examples of exquisite Royal architecture through the millennia. Furthermore, The Emerald Buddha in the Grand Palace itself is the main attraction. A figurine of the meditating Buddha made from a solid one piece of green jade, clothed in gold and diamonds.

Tips: A strict dress code applies, you need long trousers and shoulders covered, no bare feet.

Opening Hours: 8:30AM – 3:30PM

Location: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand

How to get there: Take the BTS to SAPHAN TAKSIN station and grab a Chao Phraya express boat

14) Muay Thai Live: The Legend Lives at Asiatique

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There is ‘Kungfu’ from Chinese and we have ‘Muay Thai’ from Thai! Muay Thai Live at Asiatique Bangkok is an exciting theatrical show combining entertaining performances with the ancient martial art of Muay Thai boxing.

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Photo via Muay Thai Live

The Muay Thai Live is performed by the selected excellent Muay Thai players from all over the world. Now you have the opportunity to witness eight of the most dangerous techniques of the ancient art of Muay Thai – which are rarely performed because they are considered too danger as a sport.

Opening Hours: 8PM – 9:30PM (Tue – Sun)

Location: Asiatique The Riverfront, Bangkok, Thailand

How to get there: Take the BTS to SAPHAN TAKSIN station and jump on a shuttle boat to Asiatique

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15) Bangkok Forensic Museum

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Looking for something extremely unusual? What about… the museum of DEATH? Bangkok Forensic Museum, which is located inside the Siriraj Hospital, is a museum that allows you to see the forensic and the pathology rooms, displaying bodies, parts of bodies and babies preserved in glass containers.

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The hospital has 6 distinct museums within 2 separate buildings. The creepiest ones are the Ellis Pathological Museum, Songkran Niyomse Forensic Medicine Museum, and Congdon Anatomical Museum.

Opening Hours: 10AM – 5PM (Closed on Tue)

Contact: +66 (0)2 419 2601

Location: 2 Wanglung Road, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700, Thailand

How to get there: Take BTS to Sala Daeng Station and take the express to the Siriraj Pier (N 10)

16) Experience Thonburi canals (khlongs)

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A special boat tour for you to explore the beauty of Bangkok. Thonburi canal (long-tail boat) is the old capital of Thailand which lies on the western banks of the Chao Phraya River.

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The thonburi canals can be found at major tourist pier like Rivercity, Taksin, Chang or Maharaj. You can negotiate the price before you hop on the boat, probably between 400 and 500 baht per hour.

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