Combining vibrant shopping, dining and entertainment options, is Asiatique The Riverfront. This new lifestyle venue is the largest riverfront themed area in the whole of Asia and combines elements of Thai history and modern lifestyle under the concept of a colourful festival marketplace and a living museum. The buildings have been created in the style of the King Rama 5 period, which provides a refreshing change to Bangkok’s many modern malls and ultra-chic nightclubs.
Perfect for romantic occasions.
Asiatique The Riverfront was launched on April 27th 2012 and is proving to be very popular among people from all walks of life. While visitors to Bangkok can enjoy soaking up the charm of carefully recreated scenes from a past era, young Bangkokians can take advantage of the unique shopping and entertainment options that the area provides.
This is the perfect place to take a date, especially if the relationship is new and you really want to impress your partner. Allow them to spend a little time browsing for bargains before heading to one of the excellent restaurants that line the riverbank to enjoy a romantic dinner. After dinner it is time to check out Asiatique’s entertainment options, which include the Joe Louis Puppet Theater, the Calypso Bangkok Theater, a colourful cabaret show and a gigantic Ferris wheel, while taking a stroll along the 300 metre-long path that winds its way along the river is also a romantic way to end the evening.
The Asiatique lay-out.
Asiatique The Riverfront covers more than 2,000 square metres and contains more than a thousand different shops that offer everything from high fashion to antique style children’s toys and souvenirs. It is divided into four different districts for visitors to explore. The Chareonkrung District houses several different entertainment venues as well as a thousand retail shops that sell Thai handicrafts, souvenirs and home décor. Nearby is the Town Square District, which offers sports bars and an international dining scene, while the Factory District offers a hip dining scene with shops selling products ranging from clothing to gadgets. Finally, the Waterfront District boasts the longest public boardwalk in Bangkok and is lined with numerous restaurants and bars.
‘The Bangkok Eye’
One of the most exciting features here is the Asiatique Sky, which is the highest Ferris wheel in the whole of Thailand. The Ferris wheel is some 60 metres high and features forty two gondolas to choose from. A ride on this gigantic wheel offers visitors spectacular views of the Chaopraya River and parts of Bangkok and slowly revolves for around 15 minutes. Private VIP gondolas are also available and are ideal for people who are celebrating a special occasion.
Experience it yourself.
Asiatique The Riverfront is open daily from 17:00 until midnight. The best time to arrive is just as the sun is setting over the river. The venue is located at 2194 Charoenkrung Road, Wat Prayakai, Bangkoleam and the easiest way to get there is by riding the BTS to the Saphan Taksin station and then taking Asiatique’s service boat across the river. A large car park is also available at the rear of the complex and is large enough to park around two thousand cars.
By Kirsty Turner