Asiatique The Riverfront is an open air shopping, dining and entertainment complex on the banks of the Chao Phraya river.
Behind an attractive, nicely lit waterfront are a lively night market with hundreds of shops and stalls, dozens of restaurants, pubs, ice cream shops, massage shops, a large Ferris wheel, a Calypso ladyboy cabaret show and a Muay Thai boxing show. A long boardwalk invites for a picturesque riverfront walk with nice Chao Phraya river views, especially at sunset.
The riverside dining, shopping, entertainment and easy accessibility by river boat make Asiatique a nice place to spend a relaxing evening for young and old. Small children will have fun with the mini ATV ride.
To do & see at Asiatique
There is plenty to do and see for everyone at Asiatique.
Old warehouses that belonged to a European trading company have been refurbished and brought back in the style of the late 19th to early 20th century. In them are hundreds of shops selling items as clothing, fashion accessories, shoes, jewelry, household articles, gadgets, nick-nacks and handicrafts.
The Asiatique night market is clean, well laid out and more spacious than the better known Chatuchak weekend market. The river breeze through the walkways provides some fresh air. Make sure to try your bargaining skills.
At Calypso cabaret you can watch an energetic Las Vegas style show performed by Thai ladyboys in a theater that reminds of the Parisian cabarets from previous times with its red interior and small tables with lamps.
Dressed in long gowns and beautiful costumes, ladyboy artists perform a mix of traditional and modern acts from Asian and Western countries. Among them are Beyoncé, Elvis, a Korean folk song, a Chinese ballad and Marilyn Monroe.
Thrilling Muay Thai boxing show
Muay Thai Live - The legend lives is a spectacular stage show of Muay Thai boxing techniques. The five acts tell the story of Thailand’s national sport and how the sport has developed over the centuries. It portrays some of the country’s greatest Muay Thai heroes.
During the show athletic fighters demonstrate some of the most dangerous techniques that are no longer used today because they caused too many serious injuries and even deaths.
After the show visitors can watch two Muay Thai boxing fights.
Thailand’s tallest Ferris wheel
The 60 meter high Asiatique Sky is the largest Ferris wheel in Thailand. It provides great views of the city and the Chao Phraya river.
Asiatique Sky opens daily from 5 pm until midnight. Prices are 300 Baht per adult, 200 Baht per child (height under 120 cm). You can have a private gondola for between 1,000 and 2,000 Baht.
Around Asiatique are dozens of restaurants catering to all tastes and budgets as well as several fast food shops, street food and stalls selling Thai sweets and desserts. The more upscale river view restaurants, some with live music, are lined up along the river boardwalk. Diners have a wide choice of food including Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican and seafood.
Indian dinner cruise
Departing from the Asiatique pier, the ARC Indian dinner cruise is a chance to experience the beauty of the city and the river at night while enjoying both Indian and Thai cuisine. The wooden antique refurbished rice barge seats just 50 people, which lends the cruise a more intimate ambiance than the much larger boats.
Location and how to get there
Asiatique The Riverfront is located between Soi 74 and Soi 74/1 on Charoen Krung road in Bang Kho Laem district. The complex is situated on the East bank of the Chao Phraya river South of the city center.
Get there either by taxi or by a combination of BTS Sky Train and river boat. As traffic can get pretty bad in the area, train and river boat will often be quicker and more fun.
Take the BTS Sky Train to Saphan Taksin station on the Chao Phraya river. From the adjoining Sathorn pier a free Asiatique shuttle boat runs every 30 minutes between 4 pm and 11.30 pm. The last boat back to Sathorn leaves at 11 pm.
If you take a taxi back, make sure the driver switches on the meter.
Asiatique opens daily from 5 pm until midnight. Shops open between 5 pm and 7 pm. During weekends and Thai public holidays the place can get very busy.
Entrance is free.
More shopping at:
- Siam Paragon
- MBK Center
- Central World
- Show DC shopping & entertainment complex
- Chatuchak weekend market
Also read: Shopping in Bangkok.
Get Calypso Cabaret tickets
Watch Muay Thai boxing show
Book Indian Dinner Cruise