If you’ve ever lived at any place on a riverside, you’ll know how interesting it is to spend time there. Mostly in the evening, just sitting on the banks, watching the city light up, the water sparkles, the fresh breeze of air flowing in a blissful way.
BANGKOK, a travel destination for numerous travelers is the capital of Thailand. One of the best parts of traveling to Bangkok is that it’s situated over the banks of the principal river of Thailand, Chao Phraya River also known as Maenam.
This is the river which gave Bangkok one of its names which is ‘Venice of the East’ and is referred as the artery of the city.
The Bangkok city is situated over Chao Phraya River banks. Hence, there are lots of things you can do along Bangkok Riverside. So, get ready to get away with the traffic and congestion of the city and enjoy the time peacefully.
Here are the 10 best things you can do on Bangkok Riverside.
1. Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw
If you wish to have a peaceful time then you should visit the most important Buddhist temple of Thailand, Grand Palace and Wat Prakeaw or the temple of the emerald Buddha.
Built in 1782, and for 150 years it was the home of Thai kings and the Royal Court. The Grand Palace is divided into two main zones, which are the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and the royal residence.
An important tip is that you shouldn’t wear questionable clothes. Go for black and white to offer your condolence to the kings.
Location: 1 Na Phra Lan Rd, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand.
Entry fee: The ticket costs 500 baht and one ticket includes entry to the Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. Tickets are available from 8:30 to 15:30.
2. Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn)
Another famous temple and the most beautiful temple of Thailand is Wat Arun. Also known as temple of dawn, during sunset when the temple is lit with lights, you won’t take away your eyes from it for some time.
It is the highest prang of Thailand scaling 80 metres. You would remember it by many postcards. Built in 19th century in Khmer architectural style on the chao phra river bank, apart from its beauty it resembles the birth of Rattanakosin period.
An important tip is that you shouldn’t wear questionable clothes. Go for black and white or just rent it out on the entrance.
Location: 158 Thanon Wang Doem, Khwaeng Wat Arun, Khet Bangkok Yai, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand.
Entry fee: Entry fees are 10 baht/ticket and boats are mostly used to reach there. It is opposite to Wat Pho hence easy to reach and a great attraction for tourists.
3. Wat Pho.
Also known as Temple of Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is one of the six temples in Thailand that are of the highest grade of first class Royal temples. It has a 46-meter long reclining Buddha which is breath-taking to watch.
You can also go for the 4 chapels with 394 Buddha images from different parts of Thailand. You can get a good English speaking guide for 200-400 Baht who will translate the murals all over the place which are hard to understand if alone. Although, you can just walk alone and just appreciate the art.
This place is also a leading school of massage in Thailand. So, you can have the best massage experience here. Spa and massage are famous tradition of Thailand. So, try not to miss it.
Location: 2 Sanam Chai Rd, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand.
Entry fee: The entrance fee is 100 Baht.
4. Wat Kalayanamit
It is located on Thonburi side, beside Chao Phraya River. It was built in 1825 by a king name Toh Kalayanamit. It has a Buddha statue known as Wiharn in ‘Palilai’ posture which is 10 meters 3 cubits wide, 14 meters 2 cubits high.
It was made by King Rama III on May 18th 1837. In front of the royal wiharn is a bell tower, which is the biggest bell in Thailand. It’s a must to visit this place to see the culture and beauty of traditions of Thailand.
It’s easy to reach this temple as it has its own pier. Just board a tourist ferry and ask for ‘Wat Kalayanamit’.
Location: New Arun Amarin Rd, Khet Thon Buri, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10600, Thailand.
Entry Fee: The entry fee is 500 Baht per person and the same ticket can be used for Vimanak Palace for entry also.
5. Royal Barges Museum
If you are planning to spend an afternoon looking for history, culture, tradition of Thailand, then a museum would be a good option. One of the museums is Royal Barges Museum.
It is the museum of some of the best canal boats you’ll ever see. There are eight of the most unique and beautiful royal barges carved from huge pieces of teak wood. These boats are working but are sailed only on special occasions such as royal processions.
Each of them is engraved with mythical creature, carved with name, year of manufacture and other details. Covered in gold and other intriguing colours and covered with glass decoration, the royal barges should be witnessed once.
Location: 80/1, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10700, Thailand.
Entry fee: Entry fee is 100 Baht per person and for camera its extra 100 Baht.
6. Siriraj Forensic Museum
This is the creepiest museum you’ll ever see. Located inside the Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok forensic museum is a museum one needs to see if interested in science, medical, human body and all the unusual things.
It is divided into 6 distinct museums situated in 2 different buildings. All the rooms displays the body of babies and adults affected by different diseases, lots of skeleton and human anatomy structure, parasites which affects humans and spread diseases, different organs, half bodies, all stored in formaldehyde and showcased.
Location: 2 Thanon Wang Lang, Khwaeng Siriraj, Khet Bangkok Noi, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10700, Thailand.
Entry fee: Entry fee is 40 Baht.
7. Dinner Cruise
From all the roaming and visiting of different attractions, you’ll be hungry but still you wouldn’t be satisfied. You would want to feel more of the city along with your partner, family or friends. In this case there is a perfect option that is the dinner cruise.
You can enjoy Bangkok's night landscape and cool breeze in the middle of the Chao Phraya River riding a cruise with different types of cuisines in buffet. What else satisfies the night?
There will be live music, you can dance on it. There will be international buffet for dinner to feast on. There will be 2 hour ride which is enough to sooth your eyes with the beauty of the city and the majestic Chao Phraya River.
Address: Inside River City complex, beside Pier 1, next to River City Plaza: 3 Trok Rongnamkhaeng, Si Phaya Pier, Yota Road, Sampantawong, Bangkok 10100
Cost: It will cost you 1400-1500 Baht per person.
8. Have a drink
The banks of Chao Phraya River are full of temples and other attractions for the tourists. Also, there are some riverside bars and restaurants which will serve a beer or a drink with a local delicious dish just next to the riverside. Take the view of all of the Chao Phraya River with glowing city lights all over the place and ferries roaming around sparkling the water.
Some of the bars are:
· The Deck
The Wat Arun at night looks majestic and beautiful. Covered with lights and all golden, it’s a treat to watch. The Deck is a restaurant with delicious Thai food and also the view from this restaurant is directed to the Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn).
Address: Arun Residence, 36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road, Thailand.
Opening Hours: Mon – Thurs 11.00am – 10.00pm, Fri – Sun 11.00am – 11.00pm
· Steve Cafe & Cuisine
The relaxed atmosphere and the corner space location of this restaurant makes it a unique place to have dinner. The Thai food is delicious here and the vibes of different tourist along with a beautiful view makes it even better.
Location: 68 Thanon Si Ayutthaya, Khwaeng Wachira Phayaban, Khet Dusit, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10300, Thailand.
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 10.30pm
9. Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower
If you’ve seen Hangover movie, then you’ll be familiar with this bar. The rooftop bar over 63 floors is the world’s tallest sky bar and offers the best view of Bangkok city than anything else. The 360 degree view at night with a party going on and Chao Phraya River reflecting the soul of the city will knock you out already.
Also the restaurant Sirocco on the top is one of the best restaurants in Bangkok with some of the best chef’s and cuisines.
Address: 1055 Si Lom, Khwaeng Silom, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand
10. ASIATIQUE: The Riverfront
If you want to spend your night shopping and experiencing the traditions of the city, ASIATIQUE: The Riverfront is the best place. Set on the banks of Chao Phraya River, it is a night complex with all the national/international brands, open pubs or beer gardens, street food vendors selling delicious local food and many other things.
At the top of everything there is a massive Ferris wheel which should be experienced if anyone visits Bangkok. It gives the immense fun along with the view of whole city covered with night light.
Address: Chareonkrung soi 74-76
Price for Ferris wheel: 200 Baht for adults and 150 Baht for children.
So, these were the 10 best things to do on Bangkok Riverside out of many. When planning a trip, give at least 3 days for the riverside only and experience the beauty and backbone of Bangkok, Chao Phraya Riverside.