Thon Buri

Neighborhood Guide

Thon Buri, Bangkok

Thon Buri seen from across the river

Originally a separate city, this district on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River was linked by bridge to Bangkok in 1937 and officially incorporated into the city in 1971. It’s a much calmer place than the rest of Bangkok, but the riverfront is changing fast, as new towers and hotels are built.

It was home to Portuguese merchants in the mid-19th century, which explains the private Catholic shrines around the Church of Santa Cruz. It stands by some of the city’s oldest wats, including the striking Wat Arun, which is a must see. Behind it is a rather sleepy residential area, connected by khlong (canals).

How to Get to Thon Buri

Take the river ferry (Chao Phraya Express) to the Wang Lang/Siriraj or Phra Pin Klao piers.

What to See and Do in Thon Buri

-Wat Arun - One of Bangkok’s main icons, and a temple you’re actually encouraged to climb on.
-Royal Barges Museum - The marvelous vessels of the Thai royal family.
-ICONSIAM - Modern riverfront complex for shopping, culture, entertainment, and city views.

Recommended Hotels in Thon Buri for Every Budget

  • Peninsula Bangkok Hotel
  • (Luxury)
    Truly luxurious rooms with views and a stunning riverside pool and restaurants, reached by a private shuttle boat, make this one of Bangkok’s top hotels.

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  • Millennium Hilton Bangkok
  • (Luxury)
    It’s one of Bangkok’s landmark towers, topped with a flying-saucer-like bar. Rated five stars, it includes a world-class spa, a 24-hour gym, four dining options, and rooms with views.

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  • Amdaeng Bangkok Riverside Hotel
  • (Midrange)
    This romantic riverfront hotel features an attractive interior that’s as classically Thai as it is contemporary. Rooms have balconies overlooking the river, and there’s a rooftop bar for even more views.

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  • Ibis Bangkok Riverside
  • (Budget)
    The most affordable of the riverfront hotels, it offers an outdoor pool and a free shuttle to a BTS Skytrain station.

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