In some ways, Bangkok’s Riverside district is the heart of the city. Not only is it home to some of the best historic sites in Bangkok, but it also boasts a few luxury hotels that consistently feature in Asian Top 10 lists. Tourists who arrange accommodation along the Riverside are guaranteed the best views in Bangkok, plus access to iconic sites like the Grand Palace and Wat Arun.
Many of the best temples in Bangkok are here in the Riverside area. Major contenders include the Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun), Wat Thepakorn and Wat Dao Khanong. Tourists can visit these in the morning and evening, then head to air-conditioned shopping centers or take a river cruise during the heat of the day.
The Chao Phraya River is as relevant today as it ever was. Bangkok’s irresistible modern edge may have introduced high-rise hotels to the riverside landscape, but it’s possible to charter a long-tail boat and explore Bangkok's back canals (khlongs) for a glimpse of Thailand you wouldn't expect to see in the capital. A long-tail boat ride through the khlongs of Thonburi is an unforgettable experience: water dragons, stilt houses and children jumping from piers all part of the package.