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5 Best Things to Do in Bangkok Riverside – the ever-buzzing side of Bangkok

The banks of the Chao Phraya River has a ton of noteworthy sights that thoroughly deserves a visit. Without further ado, here are the best sights to visit in this vibrant neighbourhood.

1

Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace

One of the most revered sights in Thailand, the temple is also called 'The Temple of the Emerald Buddha'. It derives its name from the fact that it houses the world famed Emerald Buddha, a massive statue carved out of one Jade. This temple is present inside the Grand Palace, probably the most iconic of Thailand's landmarks. Constructed in the eighteenth century, it was as you can guess the house of the country's monarchy and the administrative capital of the country for more than a century. With brightly coloured roofs and luxuriously decorated facades, the Grand Palace is an enchanting location that is guaranteed to enrapture you.

2

Thonburi Khlong

Traveling through the Thonburi Canals brings to light a side of Bangkok that is rarely seen. For those who do not know, Thonburi was once the capital of Bangkok and has so far been immune to the modern development taking place in other parts of the city. With dilapidated charms hiding in every corner, a visit here is highly recommended. Many riverside hotels in Bangkok, for example like Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok, offer boat rides.

3

Wat Arun

Also referred to as 'The Temple of Dawn', the temple is said to be most spectacular during sunset and sunrise. This is mainly because of the effect of the brightly adorned spires. Present oppose the Wat Pho, The Temple of Dawn has an ordination hall that you need to visit. Covered with intricate murals and a massive gold-plated statue of Buddha, it has a seventy-metre high spire that is adorned with Eastern ceramic and stained glass. Guess the best part? You can climb up this spire and treat yourself to wonderful views of the surrounding area. Definitely, a must do!

4

Asiatique The Riverside

Asiatique is one of the most intriguing places to be if you are in the city. A mall cum night bazaar, it offers a comprehensive shopping experience while also allowing the visitor to indulge in the true Bangkok shopping culture. The night bazaar opens at five in the evening and closes at midnight. The roughly thousand five hundred stalls and forty restaurants at Asiatique is sure to keep you busy and even force you to visit again. Other than shopping, the bazaar has plenty to offer in terms of entertainment. Live music shows are the norm while Muay Thai demos and performances take place on most nights.

5

Royal Barges Museum

You could put this up on your list of hidden gems in the city. As you can guess by the name, this museum displays the royal barges of the country. These water barges are quite elusive and have been seen in public only sixteen times in the last seventy-five years! Plated in gold and covered with dazzling glass and murals of mythical creatures, these barges sure are impressive!