Name: Asiathique

Address: 2194 CharoenKrung Road, What Phaya Krai, Bang Kho Laem, Bangkok, Thailand.

Website: http://www.thaiasiatique.com/index.php/en/view/page/index

Opening Times: 17.00 – midnight.

BTS: Saphan Taksin (Then follow the signs to the pier where you can get a free shuttle boat).

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This relatively new river front night market provides a very different shopping experience than other markets in Bangkok. It is an old converted international trading pier which has been restored and renovated creating this up scale retail and dining space. Asiathique is separated into four districts, allowing for more than just a shopping experience. Chareonkrung District; for performances such as Muay Thai and the Lady Boy Cabaret Show, Town Square District; for food and dining, Factory District; for retail therapy and the Waterfront District; a walkway along the river front containing some high end restaurants.

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Asiathique is located on the bank of the Chao Phraya river. If you are in Bangkok visiting it can easily be combined with a trip to the Grand Palace, Wat Pho and Wat Arun by day, followed by Asiathique by night. To get there simply jump on one of the free shuttle boats featured in the photo above. You can see the signature Ferris wheel from a far so you will know you are heading in the right direction.

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Once you arrive at Asiathique you feel like you have stepped out of Bangkok. It provides for a more relaxing, cleaner and more spacious shopping experience, although at a higher price than other markets in Bangkok. However, we do feel that the higher prices reflect the higher quality of the goods. Aside from the usual pashminas and home decor, there are many private boutiques selling custom made jewellery, clothes and accessories.

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The Ferris wheel is a fun ride and only 250 baht. Although we found that the views weren’t too great at only 60 metres – we could have done with it being higher! Whilst you whizz around the Ferris wheel, pop tunes are blasted into the cabin.

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As always in Thailand, there are plenty of areas set up for photo opportunities such as the romantic Shakespearian garden, gold elephants and many sculptures reflecting Asiathique’s past as a trading post.

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If you’re not into shopping or Ferris wheels, there are plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from offering very good food and drinks. Restaurants vary in cuisine and you will not be stuck for choice. There are up scale and more Western dinning options, independent and cheaper Thai cuisine as well as chains such as Pizza Company and KFC. Many of the bars offer live music, and all the bands we heard were of a very high standard. Alternatively you can walk along the water front and admire the panoramic views of Bangkok.

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It is definitely worth dedicating an evening to visiting Asiathique.