Bangkok is a real hive of activity in terms of shopping. There are so many excellent shopping malls in Bangkok that have something for everyone from locals and expats to high-end tourists from across the world. One of the most unique and exciting shopping options in Bangkok is the jaw-dropping Asiatique, The Riverfront Shopping Mall.
Asiatique is a conceptual shopping mall that has combined two of the most popular market styles in Thailand – a mall and a night bazaar. Asiatique is located just a short 10-minutes down water from the Saphan Taksin BTS Station which was once a bustling port and international trade area. Times have changed. The city is now called Asiatique and is home to 1,500 boutiques, almost 50 eateries, warehouse complexes and much more.
History of the Docks
It was in 1898 when the East Asiatic Company, under the leadership of founder Hans Niels Andersen in Copenhagen, began operating the factories on the Chao Phraya River in present-day Bangkok. Other companies followed and freight sailing ships laid the foundation for the Asian trade with Siam, today’s Thailand. Through regular steamship connections of the Siam Steam Navigation Company in 1908, trade with Asia became more predictable, the time of the proud clipper on the seas in the Asian trade was history
Even today, department stores testify of the trading place and show an unknown story of the kingdom. After World War II, 1947, the port was shut down, in 2011 the land was taken over by TCC Land and a retail/entertainment complex, now known as Asiatique The Riverfront. Today, in addition to the original factories of 1907, a sawmill and an air raid bunker from the Second World War have been preserved. The entire park has been rebuilt in the style of 1907-1947 and offers the visitor the immersion in the splendor of architecture in the reign of King Rama 5 (colonial period).
A majority of the shops and stalls located in the massive hangers/warehouses. Once you are inside, you will be surprised by the uniqueness of it all. It is the only market in Thailand that you will need a map to circumnavigate. The shopping areas are split into four sections so you can easily find what you want. If you are looking for the majority of boutique shops, head to the Chareonkrung District section selling all manner of handicrafts, souvenirs, jewelry, fashion items and more. There are more than 1,000 stores set over the four sections.
From popular local brands to massive brand names, the shopping options at Asiatique are simply stunning.
More about Asiatique
There is more to Asiatique than just shopping for fashion and clothing items. The shopping mall is also home to lots of cutting-edge gadgets that you can find in the Factory District section. You can find all manner of electronic goods here from the latest phones and computers to tablets and much more. You will even find an Apple Store in this area.
Are you looking for a spot of food? Asiatique is home to a multitude of food outlets by both small and large. The upscale dining options located in the Factory District. Here you will find lots of eateries such as the smart Italian and numerous Thai seafood options.
In terms of nightlife and having a few drinks, we would suggest that you visit the fourth and final area – the Town Square section. This area offers a load of bars and pubs, alongside food options such as fast food joins. Here you can visit KFC, MK, Pizza Company and Au Bon Pain. In terms of entertainment, the two most popular places are the Calypso Ladyboy Cabaret, which is one of the largest in Bangkok, and the puppet shows at the Joe Louis Theater. Both of these shows are massive and draw in big crowds, especially at weekends.
In this area, you will also find many shops with a wide range of brands and tourist souvenirs. The great thing about the bazaar is that there are not multitudes of tourists here as many visitors are local Thais. Because it’s not overrun with tourists, it has a different feel to many of the malls and bazaars in Bangkok. Asiatique is a great place to visit at night for a show, a snack and a few drinks with friends.
How to get to Asiatique The Riverfront
Asiatique The Riverfront is open from 5 pm every evening and is the perfect place to buy a gift or fashion item. The easiest way to get there is by boat. You can take the BTS to Saphan Taksin, and then get on a free shuttle bus at the end of the pier. The boat takes just 10-minutes and stops running at 11 pm.
When you want to experience shopping options in Bangkok, Asiatique is for you. The Riverfront merges a modern mall with a bazaar, nightlife, and restaurant options all under one roof. We would recommend that you visit the mall on weekdays because at weekends the locals can overrun the place. It is a unique and memorable experience in the heart of Bangkok.
Map & More
Asiatique The Riverfront
Address: 2194 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Wat Phraya Krai, Khet Bang Kho Laem, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10120, Thailand
Opening Hours: 17:00 – midnight
GPS Location: 13.704850, 100.502985