The riverside in Bangkok is one of the most interesting areas of the city and perfect for exploring. You get a taste of “traditional” Bangkok as well as a view of some of the most stunning attractions the city has to offer. Plus, nothing beats a cruise down the Chao Phraya River checking out the sights of Bangkok from a different angle, like the famous Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), the Grand Palace, and the amazing Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). Here are our tips for what to see and do in the riverside in Bangkok: 1) Visit the Thonburi Side The older city of Bangkok was originally set up on the western side of the river, called Thonburi, and was later shifted to the current location on the eastern side of the river. Thonburi is consequently much less developed than the other side, and there are many neighborhoods to explore that are formed of houses above the water, and many narrow canals (khlongs) that take you into a forgotten realm of this otherwise highly modern ci