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With two of Asia's top five hotels, there's no shortage of posh places to stay in Bangkok. In the "top rated" category, you'll find the Oriental Hotel, which is consistently ranked one of the world's finest hotels year after year. This 125 year old landmark is worth a visit, even if you're not staying there.

While the Oriental definitely has history on its side, there are those who prefer the contemporary charms of the Peninsula just across the river. Deciding between the two can be a difficult decision, and asking which one is better is a sure way to start a fight in some circles.

Of course, there are those that much prefer the resort-like charms of the Anantara Bangkok Riverside (formerly the Marriott), which is also on the river, but somewhat removed from the city center. For some, it's too far away from the middle of things, but others like the relaxing atmosphere, without the 'attitude' of the fancier places up-river.

Speaking of up-river, the latest entry in the POSH riverside hotel list is the ultra-luxe The Siam. Although far up-river from the other hotels, this in-city resort with private pool villas is just a short walk from sights such as the Vimanmek Mansion external link.

All of the hotels below may be booked on-line through our travel partners. Click on the hotel names to see the hotel details and check rates for the dates of your stay. Our partners specialize in Asia's most popular 2-star to 5-star hotels and resorts, and offer the guaranteed lowest rates for advance hotel room reservations.

If you're looking for something a little different, you might want to have a look at our list of Bangkok boutique hotels. For even more hotel options, search the comprehensive list of Bangkok hotels.

On the Chaophraya river

The riverside is a great location. Most major tourist sights in Bangkok are just a few steps away from the river, and after spending a hot day tramping around temples, the river really cools you off in the evening.
 

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Mandarin Oriental Hotel Riverside From: $ 431
Rated number 13 for Food in Condé Nast's 2009 "Gold List".
Rated number four among Asian hotels in Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, 2006.
Rated number 12 among Asian hotel spas in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards, 2008.
Rated number four among Asian hotels in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards, 2008.
This accommodation in Bangkok is situated within minutes of a number of shopping areas, including the Silom Shopping Center and the Patpong Night Market. Guests will enjoy the close proximity of the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok to such area attractions as the Royal Palace, the Wat Pho Temple, the Chao Phya  (More...)
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Peninsula Bangkok Hotel Riverside From: $ 295
Rated number three among Asian hotels in Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, 2006.
Rated number five among Asian hotels in Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards, 2008.
The Peninsula Hotel is located almost right on the banks of the famed Chao Phraya River, affording guests panoramic river views. The Sathorn Bridge is located near the hotel. Numerous entertainment and shopping centers are located within close proximity to this Bangkok hotel. The hotel is conveniently located about 40  (More...)
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The Siam Riverside From: $ 615
Set in a prime position on the River of Kings One of the slickest arrivals on the Bangkok scene, The Siam features the most spacious suites in the city, as well as sumptuous villas with a private pool and roof terrace. With stunning views of the Chao Phraya River, a  (More...)
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Shop Until You Drop Bangkok Hotels

While some prefer the river, there is definitely something to be said for staying in the area of Bangkok's main shopping district - Siam Square. Some of Bangkok's best hotels are here, with hundreds of dining and entertainment options just steps away, and the BTS Skytrain right outside your door at many places. Then of course there's the seemingly endless number of shops, targeting everything from price conscious yet trendy students all the up to the very top of high society.
 

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Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel Siam From: $ 179
Rated number 64 among Asian hotels in Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, 2006.
Located on Raidamri Road in the central portion of the city, the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok is within walking distance of a number of popular attractions. Guests will be able to visit the Erawan Shrine, Lumpini Park, and a variety of other places. Those at the hotel will also find  (More...)
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Pathumwan Princess Hotel Siam From: $ 98
This Bangkok accommodation is near the historic district of the city, and is close to many tourist and sightseeing locations. Guests will be able to walk to the National Stadium, the Sky Train Station, the MBK Shopping Center, and much more. Guests of the Pathumwan Princess Hotel will also find  (More...)
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Siam @ Siam Design Hotel & Spa National Stadium From: $ 89
Centrally located, the Siam@Siam Design Hotel & Spa is close to a number of attractions, including the National Stadium. Guests will also find that the hotel is close to the MBK Shopping Center, Central World Plaza, and the Suan Lum Night Bazaar. A number of places to shop and dine  (More...)
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