In lieu of finding a hole to creep out of the choking congestion from downtown Thailand’s capital, Bangkok still offers top notch attractions with seemingly magnetic drive to the lofty Chao Phraya River located in the banks of its riverside. This seeming more like a complex containing state of the art temples that beguiles the mind, markets encircling the wharf shows picturesque nature when viewed at night. These are also coupled with host of other captivating sights in every part of the area.
Cruising on the waters itself at the capital’s riverside is the most enthralling part of the glamour that comes with visiting Chao Phraya as you benefit from the satisfaction of getting a glimpse of the different sides of the river. This panorama is breath-taking when riverside is lit up at night. Our list of Top 10 attractions near the riverside bangkok will give you an insight on its endowment.
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Keaw
To aid this description, the Wat Phra Keaw is a temple inside the Grand palace. These edifices located in the Country’s capital makes it the most illustrious, most stop-by places.
Tourist, travellers and holiday makers are guests being welcomed yearly to this ancient entity built in 1782 as well as buddhist worshippers who come to practise divinity rites. Wat Pra Kaew immortalizes the Phra Kaew Morakot (which is commonly referred to as the Emerald Buddha) ; getting its name as being of an emerald sculpture. This 150years-home to Thai kings and royal court is an endearment to foreigners after paying a small entrance fee . Conversely, a guided tour is provided to really make good use of the temple experience. Read More…
Enroute to the Chao Phraya River, the Wat Arun which is also referred to as Wat Chaeng and amorously called the ‘Temple of Dawn’ is a magnificent temple you cannot turn a blind eye to, by reason of its location along the riverside and unique design with gigantic tower standing high over the river. Millions of visitors every year do check out this spectacular buddhist monument and with an entrance fee of 100 baht, you get to climb the steep steps for great views over the Chao Phraya River.
Getting a direction to Wat Arun, You need about 3 baht to cross from the opposite side at Tha Thien using a river boat. Otherwise, booking a private tour to explore Wat Arun same time you make your way through Thonburi’s famous series of canals
Tour Available: Bangkok Canals Tour
Bangkok River Cruises
A private Cruise is surely the best way to navigate Chao Phraya River known to be unarguably the most important route in the nation’s capital. The appealing nature of the rivers shows illuminates itself after the sunsets over the city with the historic Wat Arun and Grand Palace both radiating over the water. Also striking skyscrapers, glittering temples overlooking the waters all greeting you from every corner.
With lots of cruises to choose from, the two most exquisite in Bangkok were carefully selected. The Aspara Dinner Cruise by Banyan Tree being the first provide an enjoyable atmosphere of romance and a six-course set dinner to choose from seeing all notable landmarks on the river as you move slowly on the water. Following is the River state princess cruise depicting a more relaxed atmosphere for passengers to blend amongst themselves in the company of live dance and music. Both are great value for money too, and you can see our great rates below. Read More…
Thonburi Canals (Khlongs)
The Thonburi Canals now acting as a major tourist attraction in the city was said to be the City’s main form of transportation some time ago, serves community and domestic passengers to get around the city.
A novice in the city of Bangkok is vulnerable to discouraging experiences using the commuters’ boats as khlong routes are often confusing and the boats can get packed. Trying a private Khlong cruise is much more an exciting experience as it gives you a leverage of noticing secluded streets, makeshift waterside homes, untouched temples and quaint old markets
Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower
Travellers and sightseers make Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower their first stop over on arriving the city of Bangkok owing to the ever uncountable reasons.
After gaining popularity as a location for a film shoot; Hangover II, it tends to be rowdy sometimes. From the 60 storeys up, you get a distinctive view across Thailand’s capital especially the Chao Phraya River which flows beneath the shadow of the looming Lebua Tower. Sirocco having known as the main restaurant with its large capacity size houses the mopst of the talented chefs with their amazing signature dishes with some of the finest imported ingredients around. Read More…
Opening Hours: 18:00 – 00:00
Address: The Dome at Lebua, Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand, 10500
Asiatique The Riverside
The night market/mall complex is positioned at the margin of the Chao Phraya River, Asiatique. The market play host to different fashion brands (both local and international), street food vendors, luxurious restaurants, beer gardens, elegant wine bars and a monumental Ferris wheel that soar over the riverside.
Asiatique is constructed on the site of a former international trade port and also a split across four zones that faintly divide the different clothes, entertainment and eating areas. The running theme throughout is a bit of hotchpotch of dated decor alongside vintage props that are gestures of acknowledgement to the site’s long trade history, including a replica tram, clock tower and ship hangars. There is a free shuttle ferry from Sathorn Central Pier below Saphan Taksin BTS Station, which can be boarded to Asiatique Read More…
Opening Hours: 17:00 – 24:00
Address: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76
Siriraj Hospital Museum (Forensic Museum)
Irrespective of individual perceptions, the Forensic Museum at the Siriraj Hospital still remains one of the most enlightening – or terrifying – things you can do in Bangkok. Siriraj Forensic Museum is loaded with morbid content (e.g. dead babies in tubes of formaldehyde to humans sawn in half). All the exhibits and specimens were/are used by the medical students here, and now lie on display for anyone to see.
To journey down to Forensic Museum, take the ferry to the Wang Lang Pier, walk inside the hospital and ask any of the staff where the museum is located. The other option is to tell your taxi to head to Siriraj Hospital.
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 09:00 – 16:00
Location: Inside Siriraj Hospital Bangkok (Wang Lang Pier)
Royal Barges Museum
The Royal Barges Museum in Bangkok houses some of the most breath-taking canal boats. Each of these canal boats is meticulously carved from immense slabs of teak wood, accessorized with symbolic creatures and painted in shinning shades of gold, red and blue.
The long flat-bottomed boats, which are still fully in use, only leave the museum for special events like the royal processions along the river. In addition, there’s a significant collection of less ostentatiously accessorized boats at the back. These boats still offer a great insight into the rich history of this extremely important form of transportation in Bangkok. The big warehouse-like museum – by taking the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Wang Lang Pier (N10) and walk from there. Read More…
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00
Location: Khlong Bangkok Noi (Thonburi side, near Phra Pin Klao Bridge)
Tel: +66 (0)2 424 0004
Wat Kalayanamit is a behemoth and titanic temple structure flanking the western margin of the Chao Phraya River. Although it is an obviously conspicuous and humongous masterpiece, tourists, city guides and locals tend to ignore it for a nearby Wat Arun which is more prominent and attracts more people. However, Wat Kalayanamit offers serenity and calmness due to less visit by tourists making it ideal for people who crave for a placid environment. It is also well-known for housing the gigantic golden Buddha.
It is quite easy journeying to Wat Kalayanamit in Thonburi. After all, it has its own pier. To journey down, you either opt for a ferry (at Ratchinee from the opposite side) or hop an express boat and then ask to be taken to ‘Wat Kala-yan-amit’
Opening Hours: 06:00 – 21:00
Location: At Kalayanamit Pier
Muay Thai Live Show at Asiatique
Many tourists have long known Thailand for its famous boxing or Muay Thai. And your trip won’t be complete without watching Thai boxing at its country of origin. Asiatique makes it possible to watch Muay Thai Live. There are lots of interesting events to be anticipated. Example of such are: an engaging storyline taking you through early Siam all the way up to present-day Bangkok, with plenty of flying kicks, traditional Muay Thai moves, powerful body punches and a tinge of romance and comedy added for a colouring event.
The sho will be on for approximately 90 minutes and it’s flawlessly choreographed. The Stage is a modern 600-seater theatre within Asiatique The Riverfront night market in Bangkok and the show will start from 8 PM. You can book your tickets from the provided link below. Read More…
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 20:00 – 21:30
Address: THE STAGE Theatre, Asiatique Bangkok, Chareonkrung Soi 74-76