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
- Millennium Hilton Bangkok
- Amdaeng Bangkok Riverside Hotel
- Ibis Bangkok Riverside
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.
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.
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.
The most affordable of the riverfront hotels, it offers an outdoor pool and a free shuttle to a BTS Skytrain station.