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Riverside is home to some of Bangkok's most luxurious hotels some of which such as The Peninsula give guests stunning views of the river.

About Bangkok Riverside

Overview : The area generally referred to as Riverside stretches a few kilometres either side of Central Pier along the banks of Bangkok’s main waterway, the Chao Phraya River.

Passing the through the oldest parts of the city, travelling the Chao Phraya by ferry is a great way to absorb the rich history of Thailand’s capital.

Easily accessible attractions include Wat Arun, Wat Pho, Chinatown and the Asiatique River Front dining and shopping complex.

Bangkok Riverside is also where some of the city’s best luxury hotels are located. Many tower high above their private piers allowing guests breathtaking city and river views. Private ferries from these hotels connect with the BTS Skytrain at Central Pier.

Features:

  • Luxury hotels with river views
  • Easy ferry transport to attractions
  • BTS Skytrain connection at Central Pier
  • Historic Bangkok sights
  • River cruises & dining

Staying at Bangkok Riverside

Luxury Hotels with Great Views of the River and City

Riverside, Bangkok
Bangkok fast ferry on the Chao Phraya River
The Chao Phraya River's fast ferry service is a quick way to move between points of interest with easy transfer to the BTS Skytrain possible at Central Pier.

Bangkok started its life as a village on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and grew ever outwards over the last 200 years to become one of the worlds largest and most famous cities.

Though no longer the city’s prime reason for existing, the broad Chao Phraya is still a busy waterway that serves both to ferry people through the city and to move commercial goods.

With many historic buildings along its banks and with many traditional Thai boats in view, travelling along Bangkok’s mighty river can provide a fascinating glimpse in Thailand’s past.

Bangkok Riverside Dining

Riverside is home to many of Bangkok’s most prominent luxury hotels many of which have multiple restaurants such as the Mandarin Oriental which boasts ten each with its own theme and specialty cuisine.

Some good, generally less expensive restaurants can be found locally outside the hotels and a short journey to Silom will allow even more excellent dining options as will a ferry trip to the Asiatique tourist attraction where all manner of international food is available.

Also accessible by ferry are a variety of river bank restaurants some of which are very stylish and expensive while others are quite reasonably priced.

Hotel ferry on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River
Many of the luxury hotels at Riverside run their own attractive river shuttles to Central Pier and beyond.
Riverside Nightlife

Chao Phraya night cruises with dining and entertainment are considered a “must” by many visitors so staying in the area means they can be enjoyed without having to travel far.

Locally, the luxury hotels will provide plenty of romantic dining opportunities either right next to the river or with spectacular views from high above.

The Asiatique tourist village also has some restaurants, pubs and bars in which to pass the evening though for more lively entertainment Silom can be reached in just two stops on the Skytrain from Central Pier while the city centre around the Sukhumvhit Rd area is just another 10 minutes ride further on.

Getting Around

Travelling to see many of the main attractions is particularly easy from the Riverside area. Because the Chao Phraya was once Bangkok's central feature, most of the most prestigious buldings and monuments were built near its banks. By using the river ferry system visitors can easily get to popular sights such as the Grand Palace, Wat Arun and Chinatown.

Travelling further afield is also quite convenient and simply requires a short ferry or hotel shuttle boat trip to Central Pier where the Skytrain has frequent departures until around midnight.

Top Customer-Rated Hotels at Bangkok Riverside

1Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers - a large (700+ rooms) luxury hotel located on the riverfront with its own pier and attractive shuttle boat to Central Pier where guests can catch other ferries or connect with the BTS Skytrain. The Royal Orchid Sheraton offers high-standard rooms with great river views, 2 swimming pools, a full range of services and a choice of 4 restaurants. Highly rated by most guests.

Royal Orchid Sheraton at Riverside, Bangkok
The Royal Orchid Sheraton is one of many high-rise luxury hotels set right on the waterfront.

2Millennium Hilton Hotel - Riverside - tall and impressive looking hotel situated on the west bank of the river. As might be expected for a Hilton hotel the general standard is high though its not as expensive as some other luxury hotels in the area. Guest reviews are generally good with postive comments on the staff service being common. Free ferry shuttle service is provided.

3Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok -situated on the river's east bank close to Central Pier, the 800+ room Shrangri-La is another of the Chao Phraya's high-rise hotels which offer luxury accommodation complete with stunning views of the area. Being almost next door to Central Pier which can be reached by shuttle or on foot means travel to other parts of the city is especially convenient. Guest comments are usually very favourable.

4The Peninsula Bangkok - one of Bangkok's most prestigious and best known hotels, the Peninsular is on the west river bank opposite Central Pier. Rooms, service and facilities are of a high standard with notable features being the excellent pool area and the fleet of luxury cars for guest transport. Easy access to Central Pier and the BTS Skytrain is provided by the hotel's own ferry shuttle. Guest ratings are usually exceptional.

5Mandarin Oriental Hotel - established in 1876 the Mandarin Oriental has a rich history with many famous guests having stayed there over the years. Today it is still one of the best 5-star hotels in Bangkok with guests reviews frequently praising the level of service from staff. Features include butlers assigned to rooms, a world-renowned spa and 10 restaurants with varying international cusines. Central Pier and BTS Skytrain can be reached by the hotels's ferry service. Guest reviews are generally glowing.

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