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6 Best Things to do in Riverside Bangkok – Combing every Enchanting Inch

Uncover the hidden wonders of the Riverside in Bangkok where the waters of the famed Chao Phraya River will call out to the leisure traveller in you. These are some of the attractions worth visiting.

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Seek out the calming waters of the Thonburi Canals

Also known as 'khlongs,' these tributaries that were once the heart and soul of transport in the city are now popular ways of getting about the Riverside and ideal for those keen on leaning of the local culture. Though they would appear quite confusing to the newcomer to Bangkok, one can always charter a private river cruise by way of a long tail boat to comb each nook and cranny present. Maharaj, Rivercity and Taksin come across as tourist piers from where these journeys can be commenced.

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Visit the Sky Bar

Make it a night to remember at Sky Bar at Lebua State Tower where an engaging party atmosphere is never hard to find. Try out the main restaurant here for succulent spreads before sipping on your favourite cocktail, delighting in the glorious views of stunning Bangkok before you.

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Tour local shrines

When voyaging to Thailand, one will encounter plenty of things to do around Bangkok, which is the nation's capital that features a host of appealing attractions. The Riverside in Bangkok is one such part of the city that lets you traverse at your own pace, taking in the sights and sounds of this bustling locale. Amongst those sights worth visiting are the local temples or 'Wats' as they are referred to in this part of the world. The Wat Arun or 'Temple of the Dawn' is a truly remarkable work of art, which is best, journeyed to come nightfall. Its fine architecture stands testament to the calibre of local craftsmanship and its 70 metre tall spire, covered in Chinese porcelain and complete with intricate designs is indeed a sight for sore eyes. Next, on the list, the Wat Kalayanamit is quite easy to locate in the western portion of the Chao Phraya River. Often this shrine is devoid of noisy and eager crowds and this should encourage you to tour its main building that houses an impressively carved golden Buddha statue.

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Go on a museum tour

Surround yourself in some of the most colourful and elaborate canal boats, much like those that you are bound to travel around here, when at the Royal Barges Museum. Located a short distance from Wang Lang Pier, the museum can be called by as part of a long-tail boat tour such as one provided by AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel. View these vessels which are only brought out for special state occasions and retrace the steps of Bangkok's most lauded forms of transportation. On the contrary, the Forensic Museum at Siriraj Hospital serves up an educational as well as a not so welcoming experience, regardless of your fancies. Here, discover the widest range of genetic anomalies and human body parts that have been preserved for years together with depictions of parasites and how they affect the human body.

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The Asiatique

Complete with retro décor, varying entertainment opportunities and hordes of people wanting their own share in the excitement that often grips this section of Bangkok, the Asiatique is the place to be if in the mood for touring the city at night. What was once the site of a global trade port, the Asiatique has successfully recreated the area into 4 appealing sections that lead out to some of the most enjoyable street food outlets, beer gardens and shopping precincts. The area opens its doors from 5 pm and goes all the way till 12 midnight.

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Watch a Muay Thai performance

Live Muay Thai shows ought to be checked into when at the Asiatique. In fact, the area referred to as 'The Stage' is where this ancient form of martial arts is brought to life. Each show, which lasts approximately 90 minutes, will take you through the ins and outs of Muay Thai. Watch as local fighters pitted against each other strikeout with a precision that can be as lethal as a snake bite.