Asiatique, The Riverfront is the latest addition to the shopping scene in Bangkok. It has been dubbed as the next most trendy place to hang out. Being a freak for anything interesting, I decide to check it out. I was definitely not disappointed.
I had a good vibe about the place immediately upon arriving. The European spacious feel about the place was a good escape from Khao San, Chatuchak or even Platinum Fashion Mall. The whole place had an great character, which leaves me forgetting that i am in Bangkok.
In term of items, there was an interesting range on offer. Besides those typical clothes or items that you see at Patpong or Pratunam, there are many fashionable lifestyle items that you do not find elsewhere in Bangkok. In term of price, they are still quite competitive. For instance, the usual Heineken single can still be purchased at THB100 here. I also find the shop owners here friendlier, perhaps, due to the more relax environment. For this shop selling Disney stuffs, the quality was very high and they seems pretty authentic. My belief is that these items were taken out (possibly defects) from a Thailand factory that manufacture items for Disney.
For food wise, there is quite a comprehensive range of food items in the middle of the square. The price definitely cannot match up with those at the street side but are quite decent for such comfortable setting.
Overall, this is an interesting addition to a traveler’s Bangkok itinerary.
How to get here
Hiring a taxi from downtown Bangkok to Asiatique costs quite a bit, especially if one choose to take the expressway.
A more budget alternative is to take the BTS (Bangkok subway) to Saphan Taksin station then catch a ferry boat, which leaves every 15 – 30 minutes. A note of caution: at a certain time at night (around 7.30pm), they change the berth that the Asiatique shutter boat departs. Make sure you are waiting at the right berth.