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Top 10 Things to Do on Bangkok Riverside - Sail Along and Explore Bangkok

If you have not visited the Chao Phraya River, you are missing out. River cruises are a great way to explore the city of Bangkok and here is a list of top 10 things to do on the riverside.


Asiatique The Riverside

Asiatique is a hybrid night market and mall complex which offers everything from high-class restaurants to small food stalls. If you are looking for expensive branded goods or fashion startups, this is the place to go. It is also a great place to spend time with the family as its attractions include a Ferris wheel. Located along the banks of the Chao Phraya river, it is easily accessible by shuttle ferry from the Sathorn Central Pier.


The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

The Grand Palace and the temple on its grounds are undoubtedly two of the most breathtaking attractions in Bangkok. There is an amazing view from the river and if you book yourself on to one of the Bangkok cruises offered by cruise providers such as Anantara Cruises, you can experience these views.


Wat Kalayanamit

Although this is an imposing temple structure, it is not as popular as other temples with tourists. Nevertheless, itis worth a visit to see the large golden statue of a seated Buddha in the main building. Access from the river is easy as Wat Kalayanamit has its own pier.


Live Muay Thai at Asiatique

Muay Thai Live at the 600-seat theatre on the Asiatique property is a great performance for martial arts buffs and those who enjoy Thai culture. The 90-minute show involves full contact choreographed fights mixed in with comedy and romance.


The Royal Barges Museum

This often overlooked museum houses canal boats that have been carved from teak and painted in exciting colours. A visit to the museum would allow tourists to delve into the history of this important mode of transportation in Bangkok.


The Forensic Museum

This museum is located within the Sriraj Hospital grounds and has several macabre yet interesting displays. The specimens on display were once used by the medical students of the hospital and the display even includes the body of a famous serial killer.


The Sky Bar

The Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower was featured in Hangover II and offers unparalleled views of the city, particularly at nighttime. It is accessible from the Sathorn Pier with free shuttle ferries to and from the Asiatique.


Thonburi Canals

You can explore Bangkok's extensive network of canals by jumping on a commuter boat or booking a private Khlong cruise. A ride along the canals would let you see the backstreets of Bangkok and its residential areas.


Wat Pho

More commonly referred to as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is a prime tourist attraction in Bangkok. With its 46-metre long gold leaf covered Buddha, this spot cannot be missed.


Wat Arun

Wat Arun is one of the most well-known tourist attractions on the riverside. If you are on a sunrise or sunset cruise, you will understand why the temple is also known as the Temple of the Dawn when you see how Wat Arun glistens in the sunlight.