Try to sink this in, 28 acres worth of land (that is about 20 football fields, yes!), 1500 retail shops and 40 restaurants are what lies inside Asiatique, Bangkok’s latest tourist landmark. This used-to-be trading port at the Chao Phraya River has been transformed to become Bangkok’s modern night market complete with a mall.
From shopping for the latest trends to taking a ride on the giant Ferris wheel, it will take a full evening to completely explore all that Asiatique has to offer. The experience is made even better with a scenic boat ride that lets you see the beauty of the river before reaching Asiatique.
Free boat ride to your destination
The most convenient and popular way to get to Asiatique would be by boat. Take the Bangkok Sky Train (BTS) to Saphan Taksin (S6) and take Exit 2 towards the Central Pier, also known as the Sathorn Pier. There, you will find the free daily shuttle boat heading towards Asiatique with a frequency of 15 minutes from 5pm to 11pm. The boat ride takes approximately 10 minutes and can accommodate up to 80 people.
Boat ride paradise
Not only is the shuttle fast and convenient, the ride to Asiatique via the Chao Phraya River also offers stunning views of the well-known continental hotels and buildings that are located along the river banks. Besides the modern structures, you can also see some well preserved old buildings that are used for housing. A ferris wheel that is visible from afar marks your final destination. Sit back and enjoy the cool evening breeze.
Make the most out of your time
Since Asiatique opens its doors at 5pm and cease operation at midnight, it is advised to plan ahead how much time to allocate for shopping, eating and trying out different activities. Not to worry, there are maps situated around the area to ensure that you are on the right track.
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Dining by the Waterfront
Asiatique has also made it easier for visitors to do their shopping by dividing the area into four districts. The Waterfront District, also the nearest to the river banks, is where all the international restaurants and wine bars are strategically located. Dining here gives you the exquisite panoramic view of the riverfront pathway. Visitors will be spoiled for choices with many cuisines to choose from like Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Italian.
Shopping above waters
The Factory District houses stylish fashion boutiques in a refurbished sawmill that is almost 100 years old. With more than 1,500 boutiques in both Factory and Charoenkrung District, shoppers might take more than an evening to completely go through the area. The boutiques sell anything from home décor items, souvenirs and handicrafts and of course, fashion clothing and accessories even from local Thai designers.
Leave some room for mouth-watering food
At every corner, you will be tempted to try the various kinds of food in restaurants and kiosks that are scattered throughout the area. Visitors can visit fast food restaurants like KFC, The Pizza Company, Swensens and MK; which is Thailand’s local steamboat restaurant, or even try out high end restaurants serving western food like Happy Fish or Italian restaurants like Capri or even Japanese cuisines in Akiyoshi Japanese Restaurant. There are several pubs located here at Asiatique like the BREW Beers and Ciders, Chalet de coco café and bar and Flann O’Brien’s Irish Pub.
Entertainment for the young and young at heart
Asiatique Sky shall be the first thing you see as soon as you make your way here to Asiatique. This 60 metres high ferris wheel lets you view Bangkok in a different way. Since it only opens at 5pm, there will be limited time to see Bangkok before the sun sets. However, the view of Bangkok at night is spectacular and being on the ferris wheel lets you view the whole of Bangkok and its skyline. You can opt for a private gondola for 2 persons for 1000 THB (27.60 USD) or buy a normal ticket where you share a cabin with strangers up to 4 pax at 300 THB (8.30 USD).
Spend a night at Asiatique
Asiatique is the place to be when you are in Bangkok. The boat ride that lets you get a close view of the Chao Phraya River and the cool breeze builds up your excitement. As soon as you get near Asiatique, you will be greeted by bright lights and you will feel that you need to explore and experience this place thoroughly. Asiatique is how I would like to call it, a playground for adults. Let your hair down and have a ball!
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