Asiatique The Riverfront – Bangkok’s Modern Fusion Night Market

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Published: August 1, 2016

A step apart from the rest of Bangkok’s night markets, Asiatique The Riverfront has created a new concept that fuses an outdoor shopping centre with the raw fun that we love about more conventional night markets in the Thai capital. Asiatique is a great spot to pick up some great souvenirs to take home – including a particularly strong range of handicraft-type goods – as well as to enjoy a fun evening out with plenty of food, drink, and riverside views.

Asiatique The Riverfront open-air shopping centre and entertainment venue in Bangkok, Thailand - photo by chee.hong

One of the most organised night markets in Bangkok, Asiatique is located just a short way down the Chao Phraya River from Saphan Taksin. This popular interchange between the BTS Skytrain and the Sathorn central riverboat pier makes it easy to travel on the water past a number of Bangkok’s top sights and towards the Thai capital’s old town of Rattanakosin Island.

What is now a popular night market began life as an international port used for trade between Europe and then Siam. The iconic warehouses on the site were home to the East Asiatic freight company. Also, it is the design and atmosphere of this warehouse plot that has inspired the Asiatique night market. It aims to combine the vibe of a market and the value of a ‘living museum’ of the ways of Bangkok’s past.

Asiatique the Riverfront outdoor shopping complex in Bangkok - photo by Michael Saechang

Far more of an organised affair than even the most well managed of Bangkok’s other more laid-back night markets. Asiatique has bricks-and-mortar shop units, with over 1,500 retail vendors and 40 restaurants packed in beneath a replica of the colonial-style former warehouse setup. Moreover, you’ll also find nightly performances taking place in the two cultural theatres, where everything from cabaret to traditional puppetry is on show.

There’s even a map to help you get from A to B! Different zones of the market cater to different tastes, depending on what you’re looking for. From shopping to cultural shows, and from historical artifacts and exhibitions to bars and restaurants, also a free tram service connecting the different zones, make it easy to get around.

Asiatique also makes the most of its attractive riverfront location with a sizeable boardwalk that enjoys pleasant views out over the water and across Bangkok’s skyline. A Ferris wheel called Asiatique Sky and essentially a scaled-down version of the likes of the London Eye. Also, offers impressive views out over the city, though it has attracted bad press in the past for deceptively charging Thais and foreigners different rates.

Asiatique night market in Bangkok - photo by Prachanart Viriyaraks

On the shopping front, there’s a solid variety of goods on offer that runs from fashion to handicrafts, jewellery, and more. You’re sure to find something no matter how big your budget is. Since Asiatique plays host to everything from cheap-and-cheerful fashion pieces and knock-offs to higher-end local designer brands. You’ll also find top-range electronics, while dining and drinking options stretch from high-street fast food joints to high-end local, international fine dining restaurants, and smart wine bars.

How to Get There

You can take a taxi, boat, and bus. There’s the free red bus number 15 from Siam Centre directly to Asiatique. Also, Asiatique operates a free shuttle boat service between 4 PM and 11 PM from Sathorn pier, beneath BTS Saphan Taksin station. The queues can be long at peak time, but it’s still preferable to coming by road since the traffic around Asiatique can be horrendous at the best of times.

Opening Hour

Daily, 11 AM – midnight; Charoenkrung Soi 74 – 76

What’s Going on at The Moment (After COVID)

It gets back to operate right now after closing for several months since March. Though the shops are fully opened and even some are permanently closed, it is still a good place to visit and have a chill-out night if you got a chance.

MORE: Read our round-up of the best of Bangkok’s night markets

Photo Credit: chee.hong; Michael Saechang; Prachanart Viriyaraks.

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