If you’re visiting Thailand’s capital city, a riverside hotel in Bangkok has to be top of your list of priorities. Simply put, the Chao Phraya River is where the entire city’s magic happens and if you have accommodation elsewhere, you will not get the most out of your vacation. There are dozens of five star hotels along the river but Bangkok boutique hotels such as the Praya Palazzo are becoming more popular because of their affordability in comparison to luxurious hotel chain giants and the unique ambiance that emanates from one of these buildings. Above all, they are extremely close to the river and allow you to go to and from the city any time you wish without the need to rely on public transport.
River of KingsKing Rama I of Thailand named the Chao Phraya as the ‘River of Kings’ and few who have ever sailed down it would care to disagree. If you book a riverside hotel in Bangkok, you will be within walking distance of the river. From here, you can avail of the numerous boats and ferries that bring passengers up and down the river continuously. There are five public ferries, each of which covers the same route. During the 21km round trip, you will get to experience Bangkok in a way which is simply not possible from dry land. The Orange Flag Line is the only ferry that runs all day and it charges less than one dollar for the journey.
Grand PalaceIf you only have time to see one attraction after checking into your riverside hotel in Bangkok, you have a hard choice ahead of you. The Grand Palace is one of the most popular choices however. It was built in 1782 and was the home of Thailand’s king until 1932 when the absolute monarchy was abolished. The building was also the home of the national mint and the Thai war ministry. Today, it is one of the nation’s most revered landmarks with its beautiful architecture still a match for any building in the region. At night, the Grand Palace glows like a jewel on the Bangkok skyline.
Party TimeNo vacation in Bangkok would be complete without a festival and there are several to choose from. If you happen to have a room in a riverside hotel in Bangkok in November, you may be fortunate enough to sample the Loi Krathong festival. Floats made from a variety of materials are placed on the Chao Phraya River and allowed to sail away into the distance. The Krathong is the little boat that is placed in the river and it is made from bread or Styrofoam. Visitors are encouraged to use bread however because Styrofoam takes years to biodegrade whereas bread will be eaten by the fish in the river within a few days.
When you come to Thailand’s capital, forget about booking a room anywhere else. Make sure you stay in a riverside hotel in Bangkok to remain within walking distance of an incredible array of amenities and tourist attractions.