The Navalai River Resort Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand
After a short five-hour jet lagged sleep, it was up to welcome Bangkok for at least the 12th time at the Navalai River Resort right on the Chao Phraya River…View image. A shock to awaken, go for breakfast and discover that the Navalai is actually “right on the river.” Perhaps I’m too jaded with hotels that include “river” in their descriptive names to actually expect a hotel on a “river.” Our room was described as a “city view.” Well, I think it is a “stretch” to call a room facing a very busy and noisy street with nothing but small buildings a “city view”. In hindsight, should have popped the extra $30 a night for a view of the always fascinating Chao Phraya River. It’s worth it.
The large breakfast buffet…View image… was delicious ranging from Thai food to typical American and British standards that changed daily. It couldn’t possibly get more enjoyable than sitting outside on the patio, eating and watching the constant flow of river traffic. Long tail boats, ferries, barges, rice boats. The local ferries plying their way up and down the river with passengers jumping on and off. The popular tourist Stop No. 13 – Phra Athit was right at the foot of the Navalai pier…View image. Facing the Chao Phraya River from the patio, the Grand Palace would be to the left while Kao San Road is a short two block walk, west of the Navalai River Resort.
The Navalai River Resort had a very friendly staff with 74 rooms decorated in different themes. All comfortable, with air conditioning that could keep an igloo frozen, hot water, wood floors (my preference over dirty carpeting), wireless Internet access and two computers in the lobby to use for free. The usual color TV’s with popular cable channels as well as a rooftop swimming pool and Jacuzzi with views of river. The Aquatini Bar & Riverside Restaurant (the patio area) serves a large range of Thai-European cuisine, cocktails and other refreshments. The hotel appeared to be very popular with Europeans and Australians while we, Americans, were definitely in the minority.
I loved the location, convenience, rooms, ambiance and would definitely choose the Navalai River Resort to base myself on the next visit to Bangkok. If you happen to be on a stricter budget than us, the Siam Riverside is located right down the road and the entire area is jam packed with budget lodgings