Enjoy the beautiful and interesting river sights of Bangkok, including many temples. Take a self-guided boat trip on the regular express boat on the Chao Phraya river from the Phra Athit Pier (near Khao San Road) to the Sathorn pier (BTS Taksin Bridge) or vice versa. Find a map in the sidebar >>>

The Oriental

The first hotel in Thailand, The Oriental was established shortly after the signing of the Bowring Treaty, a free-trade agreement between the UK and Thailand, to house the increasing number of British traders and seamen coming to Thailand.

For over 130 years it has been accommodating royal guests, celebrities and heads of state, but it is most famous for writers like Conrad, Maugham and Greene who stayed here during their visits to Thailand. The original 2-storey Authors' Wing is still standing.

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