Nightlife at the riverside has an altogether different definition than the scene in, say, Silom or Sukhumvit. Posh riverside hotels often have chic jazz or cocktail bars and there are even a few cool rooftop venues here. But, the real nightlife star is the Chao Phraya River itself. Party boats and floating karaokes glide up and down the river all night long, complete with disco lights and mirror balls.

It's probably a good thing that strict laws are enforced to contain the noise pollution after midnight and to bring an early end to the partying, or many a reveller might have ended up in the Chao Phraya's murky waters after one too many. While nightlife at the riverside might not be a late-night and hard-partying affair, it certainly has its own very special charms.

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