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8 Bangkok Riverside Attractions - The best of Riverside, Bangkok

The Chao Phraya River flows through the city of Bangkok with many an attraction on either side of it. Here are some of the places you must visit while cruising the river.


The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace is the most visited place in Bangkok. For 150 years it was the home for the Thai Kings and their Royal Court. Inside the Grand Palace, you find the temple of Wat Phra Kaew. This is one of the most revered Buddhist temples in Thailand. The highlight of the temple is the statue of Emerald Buddha, Phra Kaew Moraket.


Wat Arun

This is one of the most iconic pagodas in Thailand and millions of travellers visit here daily. The temple has a unique design of a tower and it hovers over the Chao Phraya River making it a beautiful sight to behold. The temple is also known as the 'Temple of the Dawn'.


Wat Pho

Wat Pho is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha because it has a 46-metre long reclining Buddha statue which is covered in gold leaves. This is one of the biggest temple complexes in Thailand. It is easy to visit Wat Pho because it is only 5 minutes away from The Grand Palace.


Thonburi Canals

In Bangkok, you will find a complex of canals which was used as a main mode of transportation back in the day. Now it is used less often and has become a tourist attraction. You can hop on one of the boats for a tour, but they get packed. For a better experience, book a private boat cruise. You will be cruising along secluded streets, old markets, temples untouched by humans and waterside homes. Any hotel in Riverside Bangkok the likes of AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel will book you private boat tours upon your request.


Sky Bar

The Sky Bar is on the rooftop of the Lebua State Tower and it is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Bangkok. The bar is usually overcrowded. The rooftop is 63 storeys high and gives you a 360-degree view of the Bangkok city, The Chao Phraya River flows beneath the Lebua State Tower and it is a breathtaking view. (Fun fact- The movie Hangover II was shot here)



This is one of the must-visit riverside attractions of Bangkok. Asiatique is a shopping complex and a night market. You can local fashion brands as well as international ones. Quaint and chic restaurants, beer gardens, and posh wine bars, as well as street food stalls, are found here. There is a large Ferris wheel which gives you a beautiful view of the city.


Forsenic Museum

The Forsenic Museum can be educational or terrifying depending on how you choose to look at it. The Museum has some morbid exhibits such as dead babies and bodies cut in two. This museum showcases bodies used by medical students for inspection. This is an interesting yet, a horrifying 'attraction'.


Royal Barges Museum

The Royal Barges Museum exhibits some of the grandest barges in Thailand. They have intricate carvings and made after mythical creatures. Most of them are painted in bright colours and reflects grandeur. These barges are fully functional but only leave the museum for special occasions such as Royal functions.