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Riverside Respite

December 12, 2016
On The Waterfront
The onset of the cool season provides even better reason to get out and about on the river. And thankfully getting along the mighty Chao Phraya has gotten a whole lot easier due to a fab new, on-call private water taxi service.

Simply ask your concierge to call X2’s luxury cruises to book your boat; they pick up from The Peninsula and other hotel piers as well as the riverside shopping centres, condos and Saphan Taksin pier. Once aboard, buy your ticket and get ferried high speed to your chosen destination. Better yet, book X2’s water wizards to whisk you to some of our fave riverside restos.

A skip from Lek Silom or Saphan Taksin piers is Baan Padthai, serving next-level Thai noodles. Occupying a vintage shophouse, this simple, open-fronted, blue-hued eatery decorated with salvaged wood is from the folk behind Issaya Siamese Club. On the menu are noodles with secret house sauces, including flavour-packed crab meat pad thai puu, and other Thai comfort bites.

At 80/20bkk, near Sri Phraya Pier, local produce is the hero in 80 per cent of dishes, with 20 per cent left for creative spin. Co-owner-chef Napol Jantraget brings French bistro smarts to prettily-plated soups, pastas and pancakes in this character-packed, wood-and-concrete former cannery.

On Thonburi bankside is The Never Ending Summer, the warehouse-set resto that’s part of Duangrit Bunnag’s creative compound The Jam Factory. Serving upscale trad Thai fare, the vintage-tinged, monochrome interior replete with hanging plants and pendant lamps has atmos in spades, but opt for a terrace perch with watery vistas during balmier climes. Long live the life aquatic!
X2 Luxury River Taxi Service / +66 6 1015 3111 / 8am-10pm daily /
Baan Padthai / 21-23 Charoen Krung 44 Alley / N Sathorn / +66 2 060 5553 / 11am-10pm daily /
80/20 Eatery, Cannery & Deli / 1052-1054 Charoen Krung Rd / Bangrak / +66 87 593 1936 / 6pm-midnight Wed-Mon, 10am-2pm Sat & Sun /
The Never Ending Summer / 41/5 Charoen Nakhon Rd / Khlong San / +66 2 861 0953 / 11am-11pm daily /

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