Bangkok for Kids
Riverside Guide
book wat arun tour
Wat Arun, Grand Palace and canals
book dinner on the river
Grand Pearl Dinner Cruise
check rates for Mandarin Oriental
Mandarin Oriental
Major Attractions    
Wat Arun Wat Kalayanamit
Wat Prayoon Chao Phraya River and Canals
Wat Rakhang Grand Palace
Royal Barges Museum Patravardi Theater
Oriental Hotel Siriraj Museum
Wang Lang Market Princess Mother Memorial Park
Area Description

The Chao Phraya River is at the heart of ‘Old Bangkok'. Visitors are transported back in time with ancient monuments, traditional canal side homes and commercial cargo traffic plying the waterways.

Numerous temples and palaces line the river banks. A romantic riverside meal to watch the sunset over Wat Arun is a must-do experience.

A river and canal tour is another must-do activity in Bangkok. See the temples and palaces from the river, and see ancient riverside communities living in houses on stilts along the numerous canals.

There is exclusive riverside dining at some of the world’s top hotels. The Mandarin Oriental, the Shangri La and the Peninsula Hotel all offer first class restaurants on the riverside.

The Chao Phraya Express Boat will take you quickly up and down the river between the different attractions for around half a dollar a trip. The Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha are a short walk from the Tha Chang Pier.

For Shopping visit one of the luxury riverside shopping malls, or visit one of the riverside night markets.

Markets: Saphan Phut Night Market : Clothes and late night food riverside shopping  
Shopping Centers: Asiatique The Riverfront - Chareon Krung Rd: fashion mall, food and entertainment center
  River City - Chareon Krung Rd: Thailand’s premier antiques and art shopping
  Royal Garden Shopping - Marriot, Chareon Nakorn Rd: Souvenirs and Handicrafts
Recommended Restaurants  
Cheap: Zoom4 Zoom5 - Wang Lang Rd: Thai food on the riverfront recommended restaurants in the riverside area  
  Rub Aroon - Maharat Rd: Inexpensive Thai food
  Queen of Curry - Soi 50 Chareon Krung Rd: Popular Thai restaurant
Mid-range: Toungue Thai - Soi 38 Chareonkrung Rd: Authentic Thai seafood
  Khin Lom Chom Saphan - Soi 3, Samsen Rd: Thai food on the riverfront
Expensive: Sala Rim Nam - Oriental Hotel, Oriental Avenue: High class riverside dining
  Supatra River House - Soi Wat Rakhang: Riverside dining in traditional Thai house
Recommended Family Friendly Hotels  
check rates of Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort and Spa Anantara Riverside Resort from $177 a night recommended hotel in the riverside area  
check rates for Shangri-La Hotel Shangri-La from $212 per night
check rates for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Mandarin Oriental Hotel from $500 per night
  read more about family friendly hotels in the riverside area
Bangkok Boutique Hotels guide to Sukhumvit