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Top 10 things to do Bangkok Riverside – A top-notch tourist spot

The riverside of the Chao Phraya River in Thailand's capital Bangkok is bursting to the brim with sights to see and things to do; it is an excursion worth visiting while exploring Thailand.


Siriraj Hospital Museum

Created for the benefit of the medical students of Bangkok, the Siriraj Hospital Museum is a fascinating forensic museum that is filled with lots of freaky specimens that were used in some of the top hospitals in Bangkok. The museum is made up of 6 museums scattered across 2 buildings with the forensic, anatomic and pathology museums attracting the greatest number of visitors.


Wat Pho

Also referred to as Wat Phra Chetuphon, the temple of the Reclining Buddha is a must-see location if you're visiting Bangkok for the first time. The statue is covered in golden leaves and spans 46 metres in length. The complex that houses this magnificent statue is one the largest of its kind in the city.


Wat Arun

This is one of Bangkok's most iconic temples because of it being located on the river banks of the Chao Phraya river and its rare architectural style. What makes this temple so unique and one of the most visited temples in Thailand is the central pagoda that towers over the river, providing a breath-taking view of the sunrise.


The Grand Palace

Home to several of Thailand's kings and the Royal Courts and constructed in 1782, The Grand Palace is one of Thailand's top tourist destinations that attract millions of local and foreign tourists each year. While most of the foreign tourists will explore the entire premises, local tourists flock to the Grand Palace to pay their respect to the Wat Phra Kaew; a temple located inside the grounds of the Grand Palace.


Sky Bar

Providing a 360-degree view of the city, the Sky Bar at the Lebua state tower is often one of the first places that people arriving in Bangkok visit. One of the main reasons for Sky Bar becoming a popular tourist destination in Bangkok is Hangover II being filmed at this venue.



Constructed on one of Thailand's old international trading ports, Asiatique is a shopping complex that is made up of 4 zones. It is home to several international brands, beer gardens, chic restaurants, street food vendors and a large Ferris wheel that towers over the shopping complex.


Live Muay Thai performances

An attraction not to miss when visiting Asiatique is the live Muay Thai performances. The shows combine the ancient art of Thai boxing, Muay Thai and theatrical performances to put on an exciting display of skills and acting. The performances are full of romance, fighting and comedy; making it something audiences of all ages can enjoy.


River cruises

Taking a Chao Phraya cruise is one of the best ways to sightsee the Chao Phraya river and the surrounding sites. Cruise providers similar to Anantara cruises Bangkok Thailand offer daily cruises around the Chao Phraya River and offers its visitors a different type of sight-seeing experience.


Explore the canals

Canals were one of Bangkok's main modes of transport but presently act as one of the cities main tourist attractions. Although be warned, the boats that travel on Bangkok's wide network of canals can get crowded and the routes can be often quite confusing; hence hiring a tour guide to explore the canals is recommended.


Royal Barges Museum

The boats you'll see here are some of the most beautiful boats you'll ever see. Each boat is made using teak wood and has intricate designs of mythical animals adorned on them. While all the boats here are still fully functional they aren't used unless there is a special function like a royal procession.