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Top 10 Must-see attraction on Bangkok Riverside - A majestic cityscape overlooking the riverbank

Chao Phraya River; the main river that serenely winds through the bustling city. provides a momentary escape from all the traffic pollution. There are many attractions alongside that shouldn't be missed.


Wat Arun

This is one of the most iconic temples in Bangkok, with its unique architecture; a central pagoda that towers over the river. There is an entrance fee of 100 baht. Make sure you climb up the steps inside to reach the top from which you will be blessed with a serendipitous view of the river. It is also known as the "Temple of Dawn" and to catch a peaceful moment in the temple, it is recommended that you visit a little early.



Also known as the Thonburi Canals is a vast series of canals. These were the main mode of transport in the city a very long time ago. However, at present, it is a tourist attraction. So, hop on to a boat and take a tour around.



This is a mall with a unique theme; a hybrid of the night market and a mall. Thus, it provides the visitors with an experience of both shopping scenarios. There are open spaces that are lined with street food vendors adjacent to international brand boutiques giving a contrasting experience. There is also a giant Ferris wheel situated near the riverside. The mall's location and concept attract a lot of visitors. Therefore, it is of no surprise that there are much ranges of accommodation available; from Bangkok serviced apartments to luxury hotels that offer a great view. A popular option is the Chatrium Residence Riverside Bangkok.


Wat Pho

Famously known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is located ten minutes away from the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. It is famous for the 46 metres long, gold leaf covered statue of Lord Buddha portrayed in a reclining position. There is an entrance fee of 100 baht.


The Grand Palace

This is an ancient building that was constructed in 1782 and has been the home for many Thai Kings for about 150 years. At present, the palace accommodates many of the prized possessions, including the Emerald Buddha statue that is enshrined in its own temple complex.


Forensic Medicine Museum

Also known as the Siriraj Medical Museum, it is very different from any other kind of museums you've been to. It may not be suitable if you are the squeamish type. However, if you are a curious person who finds medical artefacts quite interesting, this may be the place for you. There are exhibits like mummified bodies of rapists, conjoint twins, abnormal foetuses and medical exhibits.


Thonburi Train Station

Taking a train to the River Kwai Bridge is certainly an experience worth having. The view is amazing. However, there are only two trains per day, therefore, ensure you are well informed about its timings.


China Market

Many people, including the locals, head here to eat during the evening hours as this is the time most of the food stalls start opening up. There is also a flower market down Pak Khlong which is quite beautiful to simply stroll past.


Santa Cruz Church

This Portuguese Roman Catholic church was built in the 1700s and has been renovated many times since. It is open every day and has no entrance fee.


Royal Barges Museum

This is a museum that is home to many remarkable canal boats that have been carved by hand and decorated in gold, red and blue, reflecting the royalty. They are all functional but only used during special events and royal processions.