One of the best ways I took time off & relaxed from my work schedule in Bangkok during evenings was to explore off the beat entertainment options (i.e. not usually foind in India). Asiatique The River front was one nice option I thoroughly enjoyed one evening with a colleague.
Asiatique The Riverfront is a large open-air riverfront mall on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. This property was originally a Dock of the East Asiatic Company and has been cleverly converted into a walking friendly open air Mall, with restaurants, shops, live Music, games corner for kids and huge Ferris wheel.
The way to reach here is pretty easy and more so by SkyTrain; just get down at Saphan Taksin BTS station and walk 5 minutes towards the piers. There is free ferry service (to and fro Asiatique) from the last pier and the waiting time in the queue is generally 10 minutes. The Asiatique being a former dock has retained its look of its former glory days of an inland shipping dock & warehouse.
The boat ride to the Aisatique is really nice experience, especially if one goes during sunset. I captured the city riverfront developments as the sun went down and the sky went from an azure blue toa multiple of shades of yellor & red. It was a lovely watch as we sat in our boat and cruised to the Asiatique.
I like the pier most of all at the Asiatique; one can spend hours here looking at the Chao Phraya River and feeling the cool breeze. Asiatique is divided into four sections which cater to dining & shopping.
I really liked the dining options in the Waterfront District, with Thai, Italiand and Seafood restaurants. One of my colleagues had recommended Ban Kanitha for Thai food and since I loved its décor on first sight, we had dinner over here; I wasn’t disappointed and loved the vegetarian options served by this eating joint.
I did not have any energy (or excitement) left to check out the Gigantic Ferris Wheel, so just clicked a couple of pics of it and moved ahead. There are number of shops & boutiques in the Aisatique. The Chareonkrung District is the sections where most of the small boutiques (selling souvenirs, handicrafts, jewellery, and clothing) are located. I shopped quite a bit for my family & friends; I found the clothes for babies to be most interesting and shopped quite a few garments for my little baby girl.
Post our shoppi session, we stayed at the pier for a couple of minutes, enjoying the evening view of Bangkok from the river front, before boarding the free ferry back to catch the Skytrain. I would definitely recommend a visit to Asiatique The Riverfron, when in Bangkok.
Asiatique The Riverfront
- Opening Hours:17:00-midnight
- Location: ChareonkrungSoi 74-76
- How to get there: 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.
- Travelers Tip: Make a Visit during the opening hours (5-5:30 pm) as the rush for free ferry is lesser and one can enjoy the sunset on the riverfront.