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Last updated: 31 July, 2022
Expert travel writer: Chris Schalkx

There are riverside hotels and there are hotels right on the river. Artsy Loy La Long, taking over a century-old wooden house near Chinatown, firmly belongs to the latter category.

Most of its rooms—all recycled wood, floral curtains and mis-matched furnishing—open to verandahs and balconies with the murky Chao Phraya sloshing just beneath your feet, while the pillow-strewn lobby lounge delivers front-row river views with a cold beer and a jazzy soundtrack.

Luxury lovers might find it a little too back-to-basics (the river doesn’t smell of roses after all), but anyone after a slice of laid-back Bangkok life – for a very reasonable price – will soon find themselves plotting their return.

Surrounding area

Oil-slicked Talad Noi might not look like much on first impression, but this busy district on the fringe of Chinatown has grown into Bangkok’s de-facto creative center over the past few years.

Look beyond the piles of rusty car parts and noodle stalls, and you’ll discover hip cafes, pop-up art galleries and a fascinating culinary scene.

It’s a short walk to Chinatown and close to a water taxi pier for destinations further afield.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Bicycle tours of Chinatown

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[0.3 miles]

Bicycle tours through the back-alleys of Chinatown and Bangkok’s rural suburbs offer a fascinating peek into the daily lives of the city’s residents.

Best for ages: 13+ | £20 | 3-5 hours

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Jim Thompson’s House

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[2.5 miles]

The former home of silk magnate Jim Thompson – who mysteriously disappeared in the jungles of Malaysia – is a must-see for its well-preserved teak buildings and art.

Best for ages: 13+ | £4

Boat tours of Bangkok

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[2.6 miles]

From fancy river cruises to public transport boats, seeing Bangkok from its many waterways gives you a whole new perspective of the city and lives of the locals.

Best for ages: 4+ | £3 | 30+ minutes

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Grand Palace

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[2.6 miles]

A glittering complex of jaw-dropping magnificence dating back to 1782. This former seat of power of Siamese kings houses the Emerald Buddha – Thailand’s palladium.

Best for ages: Any | £11

Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

Teak house surrounded by lush greenery

Bangkokian Museum

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[1.2 miles]

One of Bangkok’s most popular little museums. The charming, 70-year-old restored teak house offers a compelling glimpse of family life in Bangkok from the 1930s to the 1960s.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Vibrant flowers in large woven baskets for sale

Flower Markets

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[1.7 miles]

Heaving with jasmine, orchids and marigolds, Bangkok’s flower market is a mesmerising riot of colours, floral scents and boisterous vendors. Visit after midnight, when wholesalers drop off their wares and the market is at its liveliest.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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View of temple at dusk

Wat Saket

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[2.1 miles]

A short stroll from Bangkok’s Old City sights and set within the Wat Saket temple complex, Phu Khao Thong (the Golden Mount) boasts a 58m gleaming golden chedi. Most visitors climb the 318 steps to savour the views over Bangkok, which are particularly spectacular at sunset.

Best for ages: 13+ | £1

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Overhead view of long tail boats with vendors selling food products

Floating Markets

Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand[2.1 miles]

Flaming woks balancing on tiny canoes, mountains of fresh fruits – Bangkok’s floating markets are a kaleidoscope of Thai-tinged wonder. That said, their old-timey charm has long faded as souvenirs shops have replaced most noodle joints. It’s a fun day out, but no longer an authentic experience.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Central Thailand, Thailand

From dazzling temples to dizzying nightlife, Thailand’s capital is a dish of delicious contradictions, and one of the world’s most dizzying, fast-paced cities.

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