Revered as the River of Kings the Chao Phraya River cuts across Bangkok much like the Seine and the Thames crisscross Paris and London. As the Thai capital’s main and source body of water the iconic river is not only connected to the commercial identity of Bangkok but also the cultural identity as well. With many of the country’s most iconic landmarks littering its banks and some of the city’s top recreational hotspots also occupying its fringes the wealth of things to do around Chao Praya River is truly endless especially if one is based at the AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel or any other hotel riverside Bangkok vacationer count among the best situated rests.

Shopaholics and fashionistas heading to the riverside should definitely check out Asiatique The Riverfront. This one of a kind mall cum bazaar not only encompasses the best of Bangkok shopping but also culture as well. Home to a whopping 1500 stores and nearly 40 restaurants the recreational possibilities are truly endless while you can also get a foot massage while touring the massive shopping complex. The venue not only hosts live performances at the Joe Louis Puppet Theatre but also puts on traditional Muay Thai boxing showcases.

The famed Floating Markets in Bangkok are found along the klongs of the Chao Praya River and provide not only retail opportunities to purchase plants and flowers and food from boat vendors but also cultural encounter with one of the city’s oldest thoroughfares. The Thewet Market which is within close range of the Tha Thewet River Pier should also not be missed while touring Wat Arun is an absolute must for riverside explorers. The Temple of Dawn isn’t the only landmark temple along the river as visitors can also visit Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha as well. Strolling and dining in the street side cafes of Chinatown is another favourite activity among seasoned tourists while experiencing the magic of a dinner cruise along the Chao Praya River is a must for all first time visitors as it only affords spectacular views of the city but also a scrumptious Thai meal as well.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.