Asiatique The Riverfront is a huge open-air shopping complex located in Bangkok on the Chao Phraya River and Charoen Krung Road. The complex opened in 2012, following the closure of the famous Suan Lum night Bazaar. The site was a port which dates back to 1907, and was renovated in 2010 to house Asiatique. The current site is speed across 12 acres of land and has over 1500 shops, stalls, and over 50 restaurants and bars, most of which are in the old renovated warehouses. Built around a restored pier constructed in the 1900s, Asiatique gives you a glimpse of Thailand’s cultural history. Most of the shopping is located in large open buildings designed to replicate massive warehouses that you’ll still find in parts of Bangkok. There are replica railway cars and even statues of pedicab drivers and dock workers. The shopping are is well organised and inside air conditioned. It has a great lively atmosphere with live music and at times street performers.
Asiatique is divided into four sections called districts so visitors can navigate the site easily.
This district has lots of performing venues such as the Traditional Thai puppet Theatre, Calypso Cabaret and Muay Thai. There are also shops selling lots of handicrafts and unusual souvenirs.
The Traditional Thai Puppet Theatre showcases the art of Thai puppetry with hoon lakorn lek puppeteers. These artists perform stories from Thai mythology with their puppets and unlike puppet shows where the puppeteers are hidden, here they are a part of the performance. The show is fantastic both for adults and children.
The Calypso Cabaret is one of Bangkok’s long-running transvestite variety shows. A great show, entrance is about 1000 bhat.
Town Square District:
This district is home to lots of restaurants, sports bars, and street food vendors. You will be able to eat out here from as little as 100 bhat to over 1000 bhat. Like the old night market there are lots of open air food vendors selling a large variety of Thai food and desserts. If your looking for something more upmarket there are air conditioned restaurants (mid-high range) such as Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Italian, as well as pubs and many other dining options. Some of the restaurants have outside seating areas facing the river and Bangkok skyline.
The factory district has lots of independent designers selling clothing, jewellery, as well as restaurants, and various products such a home decor items. Many of the shopping stalls you’ll find at Asiatique are from the old Suan Lum Night Market. So as well as higher end item you will be able to find cheap clothing, shoes, jewellery and souvenirs. There are also lots of natural spa products you can buy and small spa’s where you can pamper yourself.
Is situated on the waterfront promenade which is one of the longest waterfronts in Bangkok (300 metres) the waterfront area has, shops, restarts, a giant ferris wheel, and lots of space for the numerous events throughout the year such as new year celebrations, Thai festivals and concerts.
How To Get To Asiatique Riverfront:
The Riverfront Opening Hours: 17:00 – midnight Location: Chareonkrung Soi 74-76 How to get there: The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free shuttle at the end of the pier. It only takes ten minutes, and the boat runs until 23:00. Taxis are not recommended as the traffic can be congested inn this area. However we did not experience any difficulty in getting a taxi here on the numerous times we have visited. However the fastest way to get here is by river boat.
- Wear comfortable shoes and don’t forget your camera as there are lots of photo opportunities here.
- The site has lots of ATM machines and money changers.
- If you are leaving at the ed it can be hard to get a Taxi, however if you come out of the main entrance and walk 5-6 minutes down the road, you should be able to get a tuk tuk or taxi very quickly.
- Asiatique is suitable for couples, solo travellers, families and children.
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