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The Bangkok River, respectfully known by locals as the Chao Phraya (“Grand Duke”), has been Thailand’s main artery to the world for centuries. The east and west banks of the river were where the earliest communities settled and welcomed international immigrants with open arms.Read more
The plan was to settle in at the Peninsula grab a bite and head up to the Jam Factory to find out what it was all about. But we got waylaid by our rather fancy corner room with 180 degree views, a magnificent bowl of fruit that only Bangkok can do, and my favourite box to stick your shoes in for shine over night.Read more
Staying at the Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Hotel gives us a chance to enjoy the breathtaking view of Bangkok’s numerous skyscrapers to our right and industrial scenery on our left. Saturday begins with a good breakfast spread offered at the Executive Lounge on the Ramada’s 15th floor. After filling our tummies we head to the hotel’s pier to catch a shuttle boat.Read more
After checking in at the Shangri-La Hotel, which is a convenient 5-minute walk from Saphan Taksin station on the river’s edge, I started my weekend by heading out for a walk around the historic Bang Rak neighborhood on Charoen Krung Road. A hotel staff member told me that this stretch of road is one of the oldest paved during Rama IV’s reign and runs parallel to the river. It is tinged with history.Read more