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Sanctuary in The City: Bangkok’s Boutique Riverside Hotels

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SilverNeedle Collection’s boutique Bangkok properties unearth a calmer, lesser known side of Bangkok for those seeking a slow-paced weekend escape.  Set away from the crowds and traffic, the boutique luxury hotels, Riva Arun and Riva Surya provide idyllic, private and scenic getaways along the Chao Phraya River.

With picturesque riverside views, the properties are surrounded by some of Bangkok’s cultural treasures, including Wat Pho, the temple of the reclining Buddha, Wat Arun, temple of dawn, the Museum of Siam and the Grand Palace, all within walking distance.

The quaint, 25-roomed recently opened Riva Arun is in Bangkok’s preserved Rattankosin Island, the historic heart of the city and just walking distance to the beautiful Flower Markets of Tha Tien. Nestled in a captivating neighbourhood of traditional houses, shops and warehouses, tastefully converted into stylish guesthouses, cafes and galleries, the architecture and interior design of Riva Arun Hotel reflects influences of “Chino Colonial” culture with a contemporary twist – displayed throughout the property in the carved wooden interiors and ornate ironwork.

Offering the city’s most sought-after panoramic views of either the Chao Phraya River or old city, the rooftop restaurant Above Riva serves a superb twist of Thai cuisine and cocktails against an unforgettable Bangkok backdrop, with a low-key ambience for guests to relax and unwind.

A private boat ride away from Riva Arun is its sister neighbouring property Riva Surya, a charming urban retreat burrowed in the lively Khao San district of Bangkok once dubbed “Venice of the East”. A perfect base to enjoy the sights and sounds of  the capital, Riva Surya boasts 68 stylishly designed rooms, elegant dining options, and an exclusive riverside swimming pool and leisure facilities for guests of the property.