Bangkok’s bright ebullience makes it a diverse and exciting city break. But if you want the opportunity to commune with nature and escape the intensity, staying in a hotel beside the Chao Phraya River is a great option. This waterway, central to life here (not least in the transport of teak and rice into the capital), provides its neighbouring properties with open views across its width; the chance to see river life up close at all times of the day and night; and proximity to ferries and water taxis — often a swifter and more relaxing method of travel in this ancient metropolis.
Capella Bangkok, a luxurious award-winning urban resort, offers an exquisite experience on the Chao Phraya River’s East bank. The resort comprises 110 guest quarters made up of seven private pool villas with stunning river views, along with suites – some with private plunge pools, family rooms, and bedrooms featuring in-room bars, never-ending luxury amenities, private balconies all with incredible views over the Chao Phraya River. Renowned Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco curates a unique fine dining experience that combines French and Italian Riviera flavours at the on-site Michelin Star restaurant, Cote. Guests can also enjoy a range of services including children’s activities, a destination spa with personalised wellness treatments, a beauty salon, in-house culturists, yoga sessions, and an outdoor swimming pool. Take afternoon tea in the Tea Lounge and enjoy complimentary ‘Chin Chin’ drinks every day at 5pm in the Stella bar. A courtesy water shuttle allows guests to reach Sathorn Pier quickly and conveniently and connects with the BTS Sky Train for further exploration of the city. Capella Bangkok effortlessly blends sophistication with boutique charm, making it the perfect retreat for discerning travellers seeking an intimate and refined stay along the river’s renaissance.
Four Seasons Bangkok at Chao Phraya River
Conveniently located, overlooking the Chao Phraya River, this city centre hotel is a hub of energy and style. Throughout the hotel and grounds lush courtyards and water features bring a sense of calm whilst each guest room and spacious suite boasts sophisticated interiors and hi-tech amenities. Dining here is an exquisite experience with a choice of superb restaurants and bars; from the glamour of BKK Social Club through to the Riverfront French Brasserie guests are sure to find the perfect match for any taste or occasion. The spa and wellness centre offers a haven of tranquillity and with a choice of infinity pool and lap pools guests can soak and swim whilst taking in the stunning views across the city. This riverside resort is the perfect Bangkok bolthole.
Shangri La Bangkok
Located on the banks of Chao Phraya River, Shangri-La Bangkok is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious hotels in the capital. It’s a 5-star hotel offering excellent value, convenience, as well as stunning interior design. Guests enjoy eclectic views of the river, while many of the bedrooms are strategically located by the quieter poolside. This is perfect for those who prefer large-scale hotels – Shangri-La has a whopping 802 rooms housed in two adjacent towers, the Shangri-La Wing and Krungthep Wing. Set in a prime area close to Bangkok central business district, just next to the sky train at Saphan Taskin BTS station, it’s ideally suiting those visiting for work. Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok is less than 40 minutes away from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
The Peninsula has established itself as one of the best hotels in Bangkok. It’s won many awards over the years, including the ‘World’s Best Hotel’ back in 2003. The hotel is conveniently situated at the banks of the river Chao Phraya. A wavy design characterises The Peninsula, and its beautiful form offers a panoramic view of Bangkok City. The hotel is located about 35 minutes from Don Muang International Airport. The 39 Peninsula guestrooms are among the most technologically advanced rooms in Bangkok. Guests can control their environments with the push of a button. And families revel in the space provided by staying in one of the Sky Residences, offering a two-floor private oasis. The unique Paribatra Aviation Lounge on the 37th floor comes with its own helipad for travel in ultimate style.
This is a brand and hotel that needs no introduction. The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok dates back to 1876 and sits on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the historical Charoenkrung district. With 4.5 staff to each and every guest, nine restaurants a spa (which is accessed via a romantic boat trip across the river) an entire team of pastry chefs, a flower team, butlers and more, your every wish is granted. There are 393 rooms and eight restaurants, and in 2016 it underwent large renovations unveiling a whole new wing, paying homage to its illustrious past. These interiors by Design Wilkes are truly regal and ornate, making this hotel the pinnacle of luxury hospitality.
Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort
Located on the west side of the Chao Praya river, this hotel offers a haven-like atmosphere and a huge pool by Bangkok standards. Guests can take Muay Thai boxing classes, sign up for cooking lessons, play tennis, sightseeing on a river cruise or dine as a couple on a restored rice barge, listen to live music beside the water, drink in the swim-up bar and enjoy Elemis treatments in the spa. The kids club offers a cultural and engaging programme of activities. Dining options include Italian cuisine, a global buffet, a cafe and patisserie and freshly cooked delights from a Chinese wood-fired oven (a rare experience).