Asiatique – The Riverfront is the newest addition to the shopping districts of Bangkok.
Having opened its doors in 2013, Asiatique soon gained popularity as the best open air shopping mall and night market in Bangkok.
The Asiatique night market is located on the unused docks of the East Asiatic Company and faces the Chao Phraya river. Since it is basically a night bazaar, it opens only after 17:00 hours.
Visitors can take a shuttle boat from the Saphan Taksin BTS station which will deposit them right on the pier.
The entire Asiatique pier has been broadly divided into four areas – The Waterfront district where the visitors first arrive, the Factory district for fashion shopping, the Down Square district for experiencing the mix of Thai and Western culture through food, and the Chareonkrung district for Asiatique’s famous shows – The Calypso show and the Joe Louis Puppet show.
The only other way to reach Asiatique other than by shuttle boat would be by taxi.
There is something for everyone to shop for at Asiatique
Shopping at Asiatique can be quite a fun experience. Since it is a night bazaar, the whole area is lit up beautifully in the evening hours.
Most stores and shops have been opened inside what used to be the riverfront warehouses.
The main shopping area is the Factory District which houses hundreds of boutiques. Local brands, international brands as well as luxury brands are all located in the same space without any specific partitions.
The Factory District is a good place to browse through the show rooms and pick up fashion clothes or accessories at reasonable prices. This shopping area is considered as one of the best in Bangkok, both for its variety of selections, cutting edge fashion products and fairly cheap prices.
Apart from clothes and fashion accessories, there are also stores selling handicrafts, home furnishing products, furniture etc. which are also worth visiting.
Unlimited eating options
The Asiatique Riverfront has been developed as a tourist attraction as well as an ideal place for the locals to spend their weekends in.
Good food is definitely a huge part of any memorable outing and the unlimited dining options at the Asiatique complex makes sure that each visitor goes home with a content stomach.
There are several restaurants which offer a mixture of fine dining as well as casual dining.
The Baan Kanitha restaurant located in the Waterfront District is one of the most frequented restaurants for its yummy fish cakes, prawns tom yung and a beautiful view of the river if one gets a table on the first floor.
The Ko Dang Talay restaurant is worth visiting for their seafood dishes while the Checkmate hotel draws in vistors due to its eclectic décor and ambience.
For those who want to grab a bite on the go, there are smaller eating outlets in the open air food court including KFC, Pizza Company and Au Bon Pain.
Enjoy the Ladyboy’s Show at the Calypso Cabaret
Bangkok is famous for its ladyboys shows and the one which gets the best reviews is performed at the Calypso Cabaret in the Chareonkrung District of the Asiatique Riverfront.
The performances are unique to Bangkok and therefore a must watch for the tourists. There are 50 performer in each show and one can book a table in advance at the Cabaret.
Joe Louis Puppet Theatre
This puppet theatre is the latest addition to the entertainment choices at the Asiatique.
It was earlier performed at the Lumphini Plaza but due to the Asiatique’s growing popularity among tourists, it was shifted here.
Enjoy the unique puppet show which portrays Thailand’s history and culture in one of the nightly performances at the Joe Louis Puppet Theatre.