For over six decades, some prime real estate sat unusued along Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River after the East Asiatic Company of Denmark vacated the premises in 1947. In 2011 that land was redeveloped and in 2012 a new mall/night market known as Asiatique opened on the premises.
Asiatique is similar in principle to other mall and night market hybrids opening up across southeast Asia, such as Cambodia’s Angkor Night Market. However, in appearance, Asiatique has a 1900s Siam-theme that’s supposed to evoke the feel of what it would’ve been like shopping in the Bangkok of a century ago.
Asiatique has a wide variety of upscale shops and boutiques to browse through ranging from an Apple store to well over a thousand smaller shops selling items such as flowers and clothing. In addition, there are no shortage of restaurants to choose from if you’re looking for a late-night dinner. Asiatique has a little bit of everything for everyone ranging from Western fast food joints such as KFC to upscale bars and Italian restaurants. And of course, traditional Thai food. And if you want a little entertainment to go with your food, they have plenty of that too! Traditional Thai puppet shows performed by the Joe Louis Traditional Thai Puppet Theatre and one of Bangkok’s premier ladyboy cabarets, the Calypso Cabaret, are two of the acts who perform here regularly.
Also of note is the Asiatique Sky Ferris wheel, which is Bangkok’s tallest Ferris wheel. This is something you might want to go for a ride on if you’re a foreign tourist who happens to be visiting (and happens to have the stomach for it) in order to catch the ultimate view of the city and the surrounding area!
Asiatique is open every night from 5 pm to midnight.
Asiatique is without a doubt one of the most upscale night bazaars and malls in Bangkok, if not in Thailand in general.
Night Market Location:
- http://www.bangkoknightmarket.com/asiatique-the-riverfront (Article about Asiatique.)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzo-udOid-k (YouTube video shot by a visitor to Asiatique.)
(Image copyright: chee.hong. Used via Flickr per CC Attribution 2.0 Generic license.)