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Bangkok doesn’t have enough shops and markets, right? If you want to try something a little different, Asiatique night market (Asiatique: The Riverfront), situated on the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river offers a mix of stalls, restaurants and entertainment may well be the place for you. This night-time shopper’s and food lover’s paradise is billed as Bangkok’s first ‘large-scale riverside shopping centre’ (although in terms of size and retail range, it has recently by surpassed by nearby Icon Siam that opened in 2018).
Asiatique night market, Bangkok
Comprising of over 1500 stalls and around 50 food and drink bars and restaurants (including all the usual popular chains like MK restaurant, KFC, Pizza Company etc), Asiatique was once of Thailand’s busiest shipping ports receiving freight from all over the world and has been transformed into a huge shopping village and replica warehouse complex.
We’ve been to Bangkok several times and often stay in riverside hotels in this area so Asiatique is one of our regular go to places at night, in terms of easy accessibility (just a 10 minute free boat ride from Saphan Taksin BTS station) and a good variety of street-food stalls located along their riverside promenade.
Asiatique is broken down into several distinct areas including the fashion stalls, waterfront dining establishments plus the entertainment plaza, that regularly hosts the likes of Thai boxing bouts, Thai ladyboy shows and puppet shows (we haven’t been to any of these yet so can’t vouch for their quality).
There are also several hangars / warehouses that host lots of smaller stalls (great for souvenir and jewellery shopping) – although haggling doesn’t seem to be the done thing here (unlike say Chatuchak Market), a lot of the stalls sell the same wares so a few minutes walking around comparing stalls can save you beaucoup de Baht.
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The theming continues with the Town Square which has a faux clock tower and on a previous visit, a replica Romeo and Juliet balcony that wouldn’t look out of place in Verona (bring your own padlocks to sign). Nearby, there is massive Ferris Wheel which lights up the night sky, surrounded by various bars and other fun attractions
Open from 4pm daily, Asiatique is fun way to spend a laid-back night in Bangkok, shopping, eating and drinking to your heart’s content (much more so than say a visit to Soi Cowboy). If you also time your visit to coincide with one of Thailand’s festivals, there will likely be some form of special event or fireworks taking place at Asiatique – so always check their website before you visit.
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How to get to Asiatique night market, Bangkok
Unless you are already staying in a hotel in the area, the best way to arrive at Asiatique is via their free shuttle boat service. Take the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin station and follow the signs to the pier – the Asiatique shuttle generally leaves from the last pier on the far left, and takes 10 minutes to arrive.
Note that the queues for the shuttle can be quite long early on in the evening so allow plenty of time to make the transfers, especially if you have a dinner reservation.
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Asiatique: The Riverfront opening hours
Asiatique The Riverfront in Bangkok
Opening hours: Daily from 11am to midnight
Address: 2194 Charoenkrung Road, Wat Phraya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
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