Bangkok is huge and if you only stay for a short time, great places for dinner and drinks with a view are not easy to recommend. Arun Residence is one of them. Located just opposite Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) and across the Chao Phraya river, you will get a unique point of view when on one of Bangkok most famous landmarks.
There are few things to remember about Arun residence: book in the morning as the place is becoming increasingly popular, and come just before 5.30 pm as ‘The Deck’ which is the top floor bar only opens to outside guests at this time. The rest of the time, it is reserved to the hotel guests. This is usually the best moment to catch the sun going down right behind the wat (temple). On some days you might get a good photo from downstairs, but a large boat is often parked in front of the restaurant, blocking half the view.
The restaurant serves a good selection of nice Thai dishes. We really enjoyed the spicy pomelo salad, the Tom Yam with river prawns, frogs legs with green pepper and lemongrass were very nice as well as the mushroom salad and the duck confit with roasted green apples. Save some space for the desert, but as portions are small, so don’t be shy to order. Price is a bit high but considering the location and quality of food, it is worth it. Expect 1,000 baht per person without wines.
A great way to maximize an afternoon is to explore this area of Bangkok: Arun Residence is right behind the Grand Palace, Wat Prakeow (the Temple of the emerald Buddha) and Wat Pho with its huge reclining Buddha, all are among the most famous places of Bangkok. The old streets and buildings just next to the Residence are also beautiful and there are many small lanes to explore. Just remember not to walk to fast, it might get a bit hot in the old streets and you don’t want to be all sweaty for your romantic dinner.
Believe me, spending such rich afternoon in Bangkok and end it with a sunset on Wat Arun, your drink has never tasted better!
36-38 Soi Pratoo Nok Yoong, Maharat Road.
Tel: 02 221 9158
Open: Mon – Thurs 11:00 am 10:00 pm
Fri – Sun 11:00 am 11:00 pm (top floor bar opens 5.30pm)
There are no BTS in this area so to get there, taxi is the best way.
The hotel rooms cost between 4,000 and 5,800 baht per night (rates from their website)
Blue #1 is Arun Residence, orange #1 is Wat Arun – Bangkok Blog Map – Krungthep101