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River City

River City is a four storey shopping centre on the banks of the Chao Phraya river. This is the place in Bangkok to buy art and antiquities, with the largest collection in South East Asia. As well as the antiques and art, not to mention other luxury products, this is a place to come and enjoy riverside dining and drinking. It also serves as a pier for no fewer than 8 different cruise boats.


There are 180 shops in River City, around 100 focusing on art and antiques. This is a good place if you want to find everything under one roof. The five floors contain the following:

1st Floor: Coffee shops, Thai and French restaurants, Jewelry shops, Leather shops, Silk shops, Tailors and Souvenir shops.

2nd Floor: River view restaurant, Jewelry shops, Silk shops, Tailors, Antiques

3rd Floor: Antiques, Art shops and decor

4th Floor: Antique & Auction house

5th Floor (roof top): River view cocktail bar (Balco Bar) and 1,000 sqm River City Bar-B-Que Corner

A word of warning in respect of the antique shops – not everything here is genuine. Some of the products on sale are reproductions and some of the items on sale are highly overpriced. Be careful before you part with your money and remember to bargain, even if a fixed price is advertised. Walk around and look at what is on offer before you make a purchasing decision. There are some really good items on offer but you need to search them out.

If you are a serious purchaser of art and antiques then the place to go is the 4th floor auction house. Auctions are held the first Saturday of every month. The items on sale are independently verified (no fakes here) and the auction house has a very good reputation: it has been in operation for over 25 years and more than 300 auctions have been held.

River Cruises

There are lots of different cruises on offer, at different times of the day. They start at 7.30am and departures run through to 8pm in the evening. The cruises range in duration from the evening dinner cruises of 2 hours to full day trips of 8 hours, such as the day cruise to Ayutthaya for 1,500 Thai Baht ($50).

Getting There

River City is situated on Chareon Krung Road (soi 24) in China Town. The nearest mass transit stop is Hualampong MRT (metro) station. You could walk it in about 30 minutes to River City but there are a lot of roads to cross and the walk isn’t that scenic. I have done it and it wasn’t that pleasant.

A better way to get there is by boat. You can get the Chao Phraya Express Boat, the stop is Si Phraya Pier. You can also take the free River City shuttle boat. The shuttle boat makes the following stops: Sathron Pier (by Saphan Taksin skytrain stop), Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, Peninsula Hotel, Millenium Hilton Hotel and Royal River Hotel.

Sala Rim Naam Restaurant

Sala Rim Naam is run by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, which is across the river from the restaurant. As arguably the best hotel in Bangkok, and one of the best in the world, diners can be assured that this ‘satellite’ operation of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel will meet up to expectations.

Sala Rim Naam offers two different dining options. There is the inside dining experience (pictured above) known simply as Sala Rim Naam, and an outside dining area known as Terrace Rim Naam for romantic riverside dining. The difference is that the indoor dining includes a classical Thai Dancing show, and dinners are limited (if that is the right to describe an elegant Thai dining menu) to buffet lunches and an extravagant set menu in the evening. At Terrace Rim Naam you can choose from the a la carte menu as well. The indoor dining is a bit more tourist oriented, which may or may not be your thing.

Sala Rim Naam underwent a $3 million dollar renovation in 2007. You can see what they spent the money on as the interior resembles a palace, rather than a restaurant. They hired a specialist weaver for the silk upholstery, cushions and wall panels. The set evening menus are currently priced at 1,800 Thai Baht ($60) per person and worth every penny especially if you factor in the surroundings and the classical Thai dancing show. The dancing show is nightly from 8.15pm to 9.30pm and features a large cast performing a variety of dance styles, including the little performed Khon (masked) dance. If you really want to push the ‘boat out’ you can book in advance for the Chef’s Table. Executive Chef Vichit Mukura will cook you a 6 course meal for 2,900 Thai Baht ($97) or 9 courses for 3,900 Thai Baht ($130).

Terrace Rimm Naam has a great range of Thai food to choose from. Below we have listed some of our favourites:

Naam Prik Makhaam -Deep fried sardines with Thai Chilli Sauce

Gaeng Phed Goong Bai Chapu – Prawn curry with Betel leaves

Nuea Kua Kling – Southern style fried beef with yellow curry paste and herbs

Phed Yaang Naam Makhaam – Roasted duck with tamarind sauce

Sala Rim Naam is open for buffet lunch from 12 noon to 3pm and set dinner from 7pm to 11pm. Terrace Rim Naam is open from 5pm to 11pm. You can book by calling +66 2659 9000 or by e-mail (mobkk-restaurants@mohg.com). To get there go to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel and take the hotel’s teak barge across the river, which is pictured above. To get to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel either take a taxi or go to the Saphan Taksin BTS (sky train) station and head to the ferry pier – the hotel runs a frequent shuttle service in another teak barge.

You can make sure you get a table at Sala Rim Naam by booking through Isango. They pick you up at your hotel at 7pm and take you in an air-con vehicle to a ferry where you take a short boat trip out to the restaurant. For $117 you get a seat in the teak and marble main hall, get a full meal consisting of royal Thai cuisine, a dancing show, transfers and an English speaking guide. Click the button below to book or get more information.