YOU don’t need us to tell you that Bangkok is one of the most vibrant cities in Asia, if not the world.
With guileless flair, the city thrums with life throughout the night yet still pays dutiful homage to the traditions and customs of everyday life in conservative Thailand.
This balancing act is precisely one of the reasons tourists from the world over flock to this sleepless metropolis all year round. Incidentally, Bangkok was recently voted one of the most preferred destinations among tourists, and is also the world’s most visited city after London.
In the city, the Chao Phraya River is a landmark of sorts – a flowing watercourse that mirrors the twinkle and gleam from the many hotels that fringe the river bank. Some of the city’s most lavish properties overlook the waterfront, and the calming river view has become somewhat of a novelty among waterfront properties.
Among them is AVANI Riverside Bangkok, a sexy, new property that’s been causing chatter among some of the city’s hipper movers and shakers. Not only does it feature a stunning view of the river, it’s also a short distance from the city center and major access points.
One of the talking points of the hotel has been its rooftop infinity pool. If you’ve always wanted a photo of yourself in an infinity pool against a glitzy cityscape, the pool here will gratify all those #poolgoals visions you have in mind.
Another novelty feature of the hotel is the stylish sky-high bar towering 26 floors above the river and boasting breathtaking views of the city beyond. Whether you’re gorging on Asian-inspired tapas, sipping on cocktails at sunset, or grooving to the lounge DJ, a visit to Altitude is an absolute must.
If you’re in Bangkok for business, forgo the more sterile meeting venue options for more contemporary spaces. Avani Riverside is home to over 20 meeting rooms including a grand ballroom that can fit up to 1,500. A friendly planner will help you sort out the details of your event.
Also along the banks of the river is another equally impressive holiday haven – Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort. Unlike AVANI, Anantara has been in the Bangkok game for 25 years. Touted as “the only resort in Bangkok”, the hotel is an urban oasis complete with swaying palm trees and lush tropical gardens. This video says it all:
This is a property that truly makes use of its waterside setting – you can sit on the pier and witness rive life unfold, indulge in luxurious spa treatments in your own private garden, and discover a world of entertainment and shopping at the Asiatique night market. You can also book a majestic river cruise if you’re so inclined.
If you wish to dine overlooking the river, the in-house Riverside Terrace is an old-fashioned dinner-and-show restaurant where authentic regional Thai cuisine is accompanied by mythical performances reflecting the triumph of good against evil titled “Journeys of Hanuman”.
The renowned Anantara Spa is also a must; a tranquil sanctuary where you can book a session in one of the nine private treatment suites amidst the tropical landscape. You won’t regret the Signature Rice Ritual, a reinvigorating full body massage using a specially blended rice bran oil along with a heated rice compress to release pain, stress, and tension.
So the next time you’re in Bangkok, whether for a bit of fun or for a relaxing downtime, you know where to look.