The Riverside area refers to the banks of the Chao Phraya river running between Phra Athit and Asiatique. The riverside area is home to some of Bangkok’s best five-star hotels offering resort style accommodation with wonderful river views in a romantic setting.
Bangkok’s most famous sights such as the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun are a short riverboat journey away. There are no big shopping malls nearby but the malls of Ratchaprasong are easily reached on the BTS.
The area is quiet at night with a small selection of local bars and restaurants, though the Silom and Sukhumvit nightlife areas are easy to reach by taxi or BTS and there are free shuttle boats to Asiatique.
Accommodation wise there are some good hostels for budget travelers while some of Bangkok’s most renowned hotels are located here including the Oriental, Peninsula, Royal Orchid Sheraton, and Shangri-La.
The transport facilities are good with a BTS station at Saphan Taksin. The Chao Phraya Express Boat calls at piers along the river. All the top hotels provide complimentary minibus and boat shuttle services to the BTS and local attractions such as Asiatique.