Attractions & Activities
When you stay with us at Chatrium Residence Riverside Bangkok, you’re not just located in the center of the city, you are located in the heart of Bangkok’s vibrant entertainment scene.
So here’s everything you need to take on the city, whenever you’re up for it.
Asiatique The Riverfront
Take a step back to the days of King Rama V’s reign at Asiatique The Riverfront, Asia’s largest waterfront retail and entertainment venue, created through the renovation of actual buildings from that era.
Enjoy the world famous Thai Puppet Show, Joe Louis Theatre, a spectacular live performance of the Calypso Cabaret and more here, just 1 km from Chatrium Residence Riverside Bangkok on Charoenkrung “Historic” Road.
Experience a taste of French legacy at one of Bangkok’s most important Catholic church, built in 1910 by Fr. Colombret to replace the original from 88 years before.
Open for visitors every day, look out for the painting of Virgin Mary that graces the innermost dome and the main alter, made entirely from marble imported from France.
BANGKOK SEA SHELL MUSEUM
At the three-storey high Bangkok Sea Shell Museum, you’ll probably find more seashells than if you were walking by the beach.
Created out of Mr.Somwang Patthamakhanthin (two-time winner on seashells of the “Faen Phan Thae” TV programme) and Ms. Oraphin Sirirat’s collection, the museum boasts more than 3,000 specimens from over 600 species of seashells from around the world, as well as a display of unusual sea urchins and an exhibit of seashell artworks.
Situated in Soi Charoen Krung 43, the Bangkokian Museum is an authentic look at Thai life during the World War II (1937-1957) years. From the furnishings to the kitchen utensils and other artifacts, you’ll find it easy to imagine what life was like for middle-class Bangkokians.
For a fresh start to your day filled with brilliant colors and alluring smells from roses, lotus, flowers, orchids and more, head over to Pak Klong Talaat, the city’s lavish flower market located just south of Wat Pho.
And at such bargain rates, you’ll find it hard not to bring home a little piece of color for yourself.
Bangkok’s most famous landmark, the Grand Palace, is a spectacular display of tradition, architecture and intricate details of mosaics, golden spires and colored prangs that will have you in awe even before you step in.
And when you do, you’ll get to enjoy a little glimpse of how Thai Kings lived for 150 years. For a tour of the royal, visit the Grand Palace next to Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha).
Holy Rosary Church (Wat Karawha)
Built in 1989 by Portuguese Catholics, Holy Rosary Church boasts fabulous stained glass depicting episodes from the New Testament and an ancient statue of Jesus Christ that makes an annual appearance on Good Friday.
In Thai, the popular church in Talad Noi is also known as Wat Kalawar, a name derived from the hill where Jesus Christ was crucified.
Klong Tour (Canal Tour)
Hop on a long-tailed speed boat and get whisked into a fascinating tour along the transport arteries of Bangkok, the canals or klongs.
The enchanting treat of scenic waterways with views of temples and palaces of golden spires and orange tiered roofs will have you convinced that Bangkok is indeed the Venice of the East.
Ideal for a day escape from the bustling city, Koh Kred (or Koh Kret) is a peaceful tiny island in the middle of Chao Phraya River just 30 kilometers north of Bangkok.
Home to the Mon people, Ko Kred is known for their terracotta products, crafted by hand from locally dug clay all over the island.
Some objects have a story to tell and at the National Museum, the vast collection of art, archaeological and cultural objects helps convey the entire history of the Siam Kingdom.
Best experienced through the free guided tours, the many exhibits of the National Museum are located on Na Phra That Road, next to Thammasat University.
A 4-storey mall overlooking the Chao Phraya River and next to Royal Orchid Sheraton, River City specialises in delicate antique textiles and exquisite artifacts from Thailand and Indochina, as well as contemporary Thai silk products.
Royal Barges National Museum
These magnificently decorated and carved boats were once used in the military but now only make an appearance during ceremonies and celebrations. The most impressive of them all? The Royal Barge Suppanahongse, the King’s personal barge, made from the truck of a single teak tree.
Get fascinated at the Royal Barges National Museum, located on Klong Bangkok Noi on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, across Phra Pinklao Bridge.
Santa Cruz Church
The current Santa Cruz Church, its third building, was built around 1916 with the help of two renowned Italian architects.
Decorated with stained glass biblical images and 14 sculptures of scenes from Jesus’ life, the cream-colored church with its distinctive Italian features makes for a worthwhile visit.
One of the country’s most reputable universities and the second-oldest, Thammasat University first opened its doors in 27 June 1934 as ‘The University of Moral Sciences and Politics’ but was given its present name in 1952.
Look out for the distinctive dome, a symbol of the university, which was designed by Mr. Jitsen Apaiwong, a French architect.
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)
One of Thailand’s most famous landmarks, Wat Arun is a striking sight named after the Indian God of Dawn, Aruna.
Head over to the west bank of the Chao Phraya River and take a closer look at the 79 meters high tower…you’ll be impressed by the intricate floral mosaics made from Chinese porcelain.
An ancient temple, Wat Mahathat was built in the reign of King Rama I in the 1700s and houses Mahachulalongkorn Buddhist University, one of the nation’s most important places for Buddhist learning.
Located near Thammasat University, Wat Mahathat is best visited during Sundays and Buddhist holidays so you can indulge in the delightful smells and tastes of the open-air market.
Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)
Located next to the Temple of Emerald Buddha is Wat Pho, the oldest and largest temple in Bangkok, famed for its majestic reclining Buddha which measures a massive 46 meters long and 15 meters high. Don’t forget to enjoy the renowned traditional Thai massage here too!
Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of Emerald Buddha)
West of the Grand Palace in the outer section of the Royal Enclosure lies one of the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand, the Wat Phra Kaeo. The temple enshrines the sacred statue of Phra Kaeo Morakot, the Emerald Buddha, meticulously carved from a single block of jade and first discovered in 1464.
Built by a group of Southern Indians who came to Thailand during the reign of King Rama V in the 1860s, Wat Khaek is unmistakably South Indian, its 6 meters high facade well-decorated with colorful statues of Hindu deities.
Wat Yannawa (Yannawa Temple)
A royal temple established in the Ayutthaya period (1350-1767 AD), Wat Yannawa was renamed so because of the unique addition of a pagoda in the form of a Chinese junk 200 years ago due to the important role it played in Thailand’s foreign trade. Also known as the boat temple, Wat Yannawa is located at Charoenkrung Road.
Prefer to see Bangkok in an intimate light, just like how the locals do?
Just ask any of our friendly staff for recommendations!