One of the must-visit destinations in Bangkok is the Chao Phraya River. Known as the “River of Kings,” this waterway has been a vital part of the city’s commerce for centuries. Today, it is a top tourist destination, thanks to its scenic views, cultural landmarks, and exciting activities. If you’re staying at the Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok, exploring the Chao Phraya River is a breeze. Read on to discover the top things to do along this iconic waterway.
The Chao Phraya River runs through the heart of Bangkok, dividing the city into east and west sections. It starts at the confluence of the Ping and Nan rivers in Nakhon Sawan province and flows south towards the Gulf of Thailand. The stretch of the river within Bangkok spans over 20 kilometers, from the northern suburb of Nonthaburi to the southern district of Rat Burana.
1. Take a River Cruise: One of the best ways to experience the Chao Phraya River is by taking a leisurely cruise. There are several tour operators offering different types of boat tours, such as dinner cruises, sunset cruises, and cultural tours. You can combine your river cruise with a visit to one of the many attractions along the riverbank.
2. Visit the Grand Palace: The Grand Palace is a must-visit destination in Bangkok, and it is conveniently located on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River. This sprawling complex of ornate buildings was the official residence of the Kings of Siam and is now a popular cultural attraction. Highlights include the Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), the royal throne hall, and the impressive Chakri Maha Prasat Buildings.
3. Marvel at Wat Arun: Wat Arun, or the Temple of Dawn, is one of Bangkok’s most iconic landmarks. Located on the west bank of the river, this temple is famous for its stunning Khmer-style spires that glitter in the sun. You can climb up to the top of the temple for an unforgettable view of the river and the surrounding city.
4. Explore the Temple of the Reclining Buddha: Another famous temple located on the west bank of the river is Wat Pho. This temple is home to the largest reclining Buddha statue in Thailand, measuring 46 meters long and 15 meters high. The temple is also a center for traditional Thai medicine and massage.
5. Shop at Asiatique: Asiatique is an open-air night market located on the east bank of the river. It features over 1,500 boutiques and restaurants, making it one of the largest markets in Bangkok. You can find everything from souvenirs to fashion accessories and sample a wide range of Thai and international cuisine.
6. Visit the Royal Barges Museum: The Royal Barges Museum is located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, near the Grand Palace. It houses a collection of beautifully crafted boats and barges used for royal ceremonies. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.
7. Take a Tuk-Tuk Tour: Tuk-Tuks are a popular mode of transportation in Bangkok, and you can take a tuk-tuk tour along the riverbank to explore the sights. Tuk-Tuks are colorful, three-wheeled taxis that can carry up to three passengers. They are perfect for short trips and are a fun way to experience the city’s bustling streets.
8. Enjoy a Sunset Dinner Cruise: If you want to experience the Chao Phraya River in a romantic setting, a sunset dinner cruise is a perfect choice. You can savor a sumptuous Thai dinner while admiring the glittering lights of the city skyline.
9. Visit the Patravadi Theatre: The Patravadi Theatre is a cultural center located on the west bank of the river. It features performances of traditional and contemporary Thai theater, music, and dance. You can catch a live show or sign up for a workshop to learn traditional Thai arts.
10. Ride the BTS Skytrain: The BTS Skytrain is an elevated train system that runs along the Chao Phraya River, offering stunning
views of the city from above. You can hop on and off the train at various stations to explore the city’s attractions.
The Mövenpick Resort Bangkok is conveniently located just a few minutes from the BTS Skytrain Chidlom Station. From there, you can take the Skytrain to Saphan Taksin Station, which is the fastest way to the Chao Phraya River.
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