Area Guide - Around the Co van Kessel office

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The Co van Kessel office is located on the edge of Chinatown and on the banks of the mighty Chao Phraya river. For those looking for something to do before/after their tour, there is plenty to do around our office. Here are several of our recommendations for nearby cafes, restaurants, shopping malls and more.
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Food & drinks
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There are a variety of restaurants and shops around our office where you can enjoy both Thai and international food.  


Eat as the locals do and choose one of the typical Bangkok street-food stalls that are available.  Especially between Tuesday and Saturday there are plenty of street-food stalls during lunch-time (11:00 - 15:00) that serve all kind of delicious Thai dishes. Most evenings there will also be a pop-up streetfood restaurant right in front of River City to enjoy a cheap meal or drink after your tour. Search for the blue, red or pink plastic chairs and enjoy a Krapao Moo Sap, Som Tam Thai or Kao Pad Kai; this is Bangkok!

Viva & Aviv

Located in the River City building next to the Chao Phraya River, this cool bar offers a variety of (international-) food and drinks.  A constant breeze, friendly atmosphere and funky tunes combined with the magnificent views on the river makes for a relaxing vacation-feel. Visit Viva & Aviv for a late afternoon cocktail or glass of wine while watching the boats on the mighty Chao Phraya river.

Riverview Guesthouse / River-vibe

River-vibe is the name of the restaurant located on the 8th floor of the River View guesthouse.  It’s a 10-minute walk from the Co van Kessel office. The atmosphere is casual and the food and drinks on the menu are standard Thai and international at reasonable prices.  You will moreover be treated with a magnificent 180 degree view on the Chao Phraya river which makes for a great sunset drink/meal experience.

Be My Guest

A small hidden restaurant that is tucked away between Millenium Hilton and IconSiam.  This restaurant offers delicious Thai food at reasonable prices. Located on the banks of the Thonburi-side of the river, it also offers some views (although not 180 degrees) on the Chao Phraya river.  The ferry boat to cross the river from Co van Kessel to Be My Guest costs 5 THB per person and typically runs daily until around 23:00.

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Arriving early morning or just in need for a good cup of coffee?  There are a few coffee shops located near the Co van Kessel office that open between 06:00 - 06:30 in the morning.

Coffee Club

The Coffee Club is ‘’Australia’s favourite all-day cafe’’.  It not only offers a variety of coffee-styles, but also serves different kind of sandwiches and cakes.  The coffee club also offers several outdoor seats located on the Chao Phraya river.


This coffee chain is located on River City’s ‘promenade’.  Next to air-conditioned seats inside the River City Mall it also a good option for a quick take-away cup of coffee in the early morning.

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There are different kind of shopping options in the vicinity of the Co van Kessel office.  From souvenirs and art & antique to market t-shirts and bags to the latest international fashion at Dior, Louis Vuitton, Zara, Uniqlo, H&M or Thailand latest department store at Icon Siam; Thailand's largest shopping mall.

Khlong San Market

Right across the river (5 THB ferry-crossing) from our office the Khlong San Market is where the Thonburi community comes for shopping, eating and socializing.  You will find all different kind of shops here selling dresses, t-shirts, shoes, handbags, cosmetics and more at market-prices.  Also don't forget to check out the shops at the designated food-area and dine as a local.

River City Mall:  Art / Antique

The River City Mall is a mall dedicated to art and antique shops.  There are several floors where Thai and International paintings, sculptures and art can be purchased.  Small souvenir-, silk-, leather- and cotton shops can be found on the first floor of the mall.

Icon Siam: Modern shopping mall

Bangkok’s latest ultra-modern shopping mall is just a small river-cross away from the Co van Kessel office.  Find here the latest (luxury) fashion brands, a Thai/Japanese department store, kids-playgrounds, cinema’s and much more on one of the 8th floors.  

To do
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Dinner cruise

Treat yourself to a special night out on the magnificent Chao Phraya River on a traditional antique teakwood rice barge.  Starting daily at 19.00 it makes a great addition for those doing the bicycle tour in the afternoon.

Experience Our Bangkok Bicycle Tours

An alternative for those who want to explore the REAL Bangkok at a more relaxed pace. Our boat and walking tours are perfect for the photo enthusiast, non-cyclist and anyone with a curious mind.

Co Classical: 3 hour bike tour
The Co Classical 3 hour bicycle tour explores the backstreets of Chinatown and the charming local areas of Thonburi.

Co Combo: 5 hour bike/boat tour
Discover the highlights of the Co Classical, 3 hour bicycle tour.  In addition explore Bangkok’s hidden plantations, rural Bangkok by long-tail boat and enjoy a tasty Thai style meal.

Co All Day: 9 hour bike/boat/train tour
The must-do tour for the hardy adventurer or for those who just wish to extend their bicycle tour experience a bit more.  One of the highlights include travelling by train, longtail-boat and local transport.

Co by Night: 3 hour bike tour by night
Our bike tour in the cooler evening air through Chinatown and charming Thonburi.  The skyline of Bangkok by night is one of the highlights on this 3 hour bike ride.

Other Bangkok Tours

Co Rocket Boating: 5 hour multi-Boat Tour (James Bond Tour)
This 5-hour multi-boat tour introduced us to the locally known 'James Bond boat' due to its appearance in the 007 thriller 'The man with the golden gun'. Experience life along Northern Bangkok's rural canals where the thrill of the high-speed rocket-boat is just one of the highlights.

Co Canaling: 2 hour Longtail Boat Tour (Khlong Tour)
Ride a classic longtail boat during this 2-hour canal (klong) tour.  Explore the ancient waterways of Bangkok and see how locals live along her famous canals. 

Co Walking: 2 hour Walking Tour
This 2-hour walking tour takes you to the hidden alleys of Bangkok’s Chinatown by foot. Walking this area is more relaxing and intimate than cycling and perfect for photographers.


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