Staying at this riverside resort with its holiday mood and big pool feels like being at the beach, and it's a great place for families. It's a few miles south of Bangkok's center but easy to get there by shuttle boat. Rooms have hardwood floors and Thai silk fabrics, king-sized beds with padded headboards, and generous balconies, many with a view of the river or swimming pool. The resort boasts five restaurants, including Trader Vic's and Brio (Italian), as well as a top-notch spa. Dinner cruises on Manohra boats also leave from here, so that's one of your evenings in Bangkok taken care of.