The Chao Phraya area offers long and short-stay residents something more exotic than the modern tower blocks that are a feature of central Bangkok. In recent years there has been a trend to build condominium apartments that blend in with the historical heritage of the riverside area and the nearby Old Quarter. This has been achieved through architectural designs that complement the existing cultural buildings and the creation of large gardens and landscaped green areas.
The riverside area is now home to an abundance of apartments for sale and rent that offer fantastic views, cool breezes away from the heavy traffic of the central business districts and fast convenient commuter links via the BTS Skytrain network, extensive river ferry services and the expressway.
Prominent among these is the River, a two-tower, 77-level complex. This luxury property features 120-metres of exclusive riverfront gardens and sports and entertainment facilities close to the river’s main pier and the Saphan Taksin Skytrain station. The River offers an unrivalled choice of freehold studios, one-to-three bedroom units, duplexes and penthouses.
The Baan Sathorn Chaophraya offers residents superb facilities including an infinity pool set in the gardens with two Jacuzzis and a children’s pool. Other facilities include a sauna and steam room, gym and a library. The property also has a regular ferry service to the pier adjacent to the Saphan Taksin BTS station.
The Chatrium offers large units, with each unit in this commanding building enjoying an unblocked vista of the river. The Chatrium also offers residents the feel of a self-contained community on the riverside. Facilities include swimming pools, a gymnasium, tennis courts, shops and cafes, all set in extensive manicured gardens.
Watermark Chao Phraya is one of the most elaborate riverside developments to date and facilities including tennis and volleyball courts, an infinity swimming pool, squash court, gymnasium and a waterfall.
Supalai River Place contains smaller studios that offer an inexpensive and practical way for those who want to enjoy river views without breaking the bank. This property is also close to the Skytrain link, which allows easy access to the central business district and the shopping areas of Siam Square, Paragon and CentralWorld.
Further upstream is the Riverfront Residence. All of the 168 fully-furnished apartments in this 30-storey tower enjoy an expansive view of the capital’s skyline and the imposing Rama IX Bridge.
One of the most recent additions to the riverside property stock is The Lighthouse. This 32-storey building is situated just across the river from the Shangri-La hotel, and offers 297 residential units that come in configurations of one, two and three-bedroom units. The Lighthouse is situated close to the Peninsula and Hilton Millennium hotels, and residents can use the numerous free shuttle boats to access the dining, entertainment and sports facilities of the riverside hotels.
Be it a short stay vacation, a longer term expatriate rental or the purchase of a condo, the diversity of accommodation options along the riverside provide a wealth of options for those keen to enjoy the benefits of living alongside a major waterway at a fraction of the cost of riverside properties in other global cities such as Paris and London.