Sawasdee torn chao (good morning) all!
Still referred to as the lifeblood of Thailand, the Chao Phraya River is the longest river that flows through Bangkok. Old civilization lived along the river and provided the people with food, water, and a way to travel by boat. Today, the riverfront is packed with sightseers, restaurants, and hotels. Here are some must visit landmarks along Chao Phraya.
As one of Thailand’s oldest and most luxurious hotels, Mandarin Oriental is rich in its history. A beautiful prime wedding location, the hotel sits next to the Chao Phraya River. Visitors can enjoy a boat ride from this location to their spa house, or enjoy the award-winning jazz lounge “Bamboo Bar”. Buzzing with a blend of old-Thai and dated western culture, the beautiful estate also offers cooking lessons for you to take back some Thai flavors home.
On the same river, Asiatique is a great landmark that celebrates local vendors and crafters. A lit-up Bangkok set against the river makes for a breath-taking view at night. The boutique outdoor mall offers everything from dining, shopping, hand-crafts, to services like massages and feet cleaning fish-tanks! A small carnival scene is also stocked with games and a sizable ferris wheel to admire the scenery.
Walk through the home of Thailand’s past Kings at the Grand Palace by the river. Although the royal family is no longer in residence here, several ceremonies and functions are held within the palace every year. You can take a tour of the Palace along with the adjacent Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Prakeaw Morakot).
How to Get There?
From Chao Hostel, take the BTS from National Stadium to Saphan Taksin Station. Take exit 2 to the Chao Phraya River Express boat pier. From here, free barges take you to Asiatique and Mandarin Oriental. Boat taxis are also available for exploring other attractions by the water.