Shangri-La: outstanding views of the Chao Phraya River

Shangri-La: outstanding views of the Chao Phraya River


Riverside view of Next2 Cafe at Shangri-La. Photo by Discovering Bangkok

When it comes to the best five-star riverside luxury hotels, the Shangri-La Hotel is one which tops the charts for being convenient and beautiful. It offers outstanding views of the Chao Phraya River (แม่น้ำเจ้าพระยา) both from the guestrooms as well as the poolside area.

Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok is a splendid spot cradled on the shores of the river Chao Phraya, including a one-of-a-kind, elegant place that makes to feel you like in your own home.

The hotel has 802 splendid guest rooms and suites with a remarkable combination of traditional Thai and modern design and also sophisticated facilities.

Not only that, the location of the hotel is ideal for shopping sprees and sightseeing. The Sky Train at Saphan Taksin BTS station (

สถานีสะพานตากสิน) and the Chao Phraya River Pier which are close to its location, make this choice even more enticing.

In his 1933 novel Lost Horizon (#ad), the British author James Hilton portrayed Shangri-La as a fictional site, described as a mystical, uniform valley, softly guided by a lamasery, which lives at the western end of the Kunlun mountains. Shangri-La is synonymous with any paradise on earth, and this name evokes also the images of Oriental exoticism.

Feel like in the novel’s Shangri-La, when you relax at the CHI Spa (ชี่สปา). The name derives from traditional Chinese philosophy, where ch’i is the universal life force governing well-being and personal vitality.

The hotel also features some outstanding dining proposals like Horizon Cruise, while cruising, guests can enjoy the tempting selections of international buffets; the NEXT2 Café serves one of the finest Bangkok buffet offering fantastic views of the River of Kings; Salathip, genuine cuisine in Thai-style teak pavilions while watching a Thai dance performance; and Volti, timeless, contemporary, genuine Italian cuisine.

An unforgettable experience. Fantastic breakfast. Very nice and always friendly staff. Wonderful views from the rooms of the Krungthep Wing. The spa is a must.