Shopping Asiatique Bang Kho Laem จังหวัด กรุงเทพมหานคร thailand Published on: 17-06-2016
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Why Asiatique The Riverfront is special ?
Asiatique has successfully combined two of the most popular shopping experiences in the city: a night bazaar and a mall. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS station this once-bustling international trade port has been transformed, with over 1,500 boutiques and 40 restaurants housed under a huge replica warehouse complex. Opening from 17:00, spending an evening here is no problem: you’ll have good fun browsing the boutiques, picking up gifts or something for yourself; you are guaranteed to find something you would like to eat and if this isn’t enough entertainment, shows are performed nightly: Calypso ladyboy cabaret and soon, a classic Thai puppets performance.
Wide streets run between each warehouse and Asiatique provides retro props for photo opportunities: a reproduction tram car, anchors and a push cart. The decor does feel a little overdone on occasion and not quite in keeping with the designers’ plans to evoke nostalgia for the 1900s but it’s so well planned, clean and spacious that the lack of history doesn’t really matter.
What to explore at Asiatique The Riverfront?
Once you enter the hangars, you appreciate the design even more; this is probably the only market in Bangkok where you can find a stall by looking at a map. Asiatique is split into four categories to help you find what you are looking for without too much hassle.
The Chareonkrung District is where you will find the majority of the small boutiques (over 1,000 in four warehouses) selling souvenirs, handicrafts, jewellery, and clothing. The little storefronts are attractive, the displays are interesting and there is a wide range on offer too, from fashionable Thai brands to affordable stores selling merchandise similar to those on offer in places like Chatuchak and MBK
How to get to Asiatique The Riverfront?
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 terrible in this area. From the boat you step off onto a long boardwalk which runs for 300 metres that looks romantic once the sun has set.
- Pleasant break from busy Bangkok
- Happy with Beautiful river
- Must-go-place in Bangkok
- Awesome chill - out spot
- Night Market with many restaurants and shops
Asiatique Bang Kho Laem จังหวัด กรุงเทพมหานคร thailand
Tips for you
Quite a cool place, but totally geared to tourists. Pint of Guinness = almost 300 THB (£6 GBP / $9 USD). Even the local Chang beer was 180 THB (£3.80 GBP / $5.50 USD).
A different kind of market with organized small stalls and boutiques. Plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from also with live music. The goods are not more expensive than in other markets but its all a it cleaner and nicer.