Sunday, September 23, 2012

Asiatique (Bangkok)

Unlike many of my friends, I am not a frequent visitor to Bangkok. So when I am told that the new nightmarket Asiatique provides a good alternative to the now defunct Suan Lum night bazaar, I have no such recollection.

Situated between Charoen Krung Road and the Chao Phraya River, this place was once a bustling trade port for the Danish East Asiatic Company Limited back in the days of King Rama V. Asiatique opens nightly from 5pm to midnight and if you can, avoid taking a taxi to get there. What was supposed to be a short taxi ride took us over an hour due to the jam. The easiest and fastest way to get there is via boat. Take the BTS to Saphan Taksin and jump on the free ferry shuttle at the end of the pier, a ride that takes only ten minutes. Asiatique combines the shopping experiences of a mall and a night bazaar with many boutiques and bistros. Some original Thai brands such as Qualy and Grey Hound are found here as well as numerous options for dinner and supper. Asiatique provides a comfortable shopping experience though I personally prefer the grittier one which comes with the hustle and bustle of Chatuchak.

A 10 minute ferry ride from a pier at Saphan Thaksin takes you right up to Asiatique

Our first coffee stop at a quaint little cafe filled with nostalgic knick-knacks

A cluster of pretty vintage lights 

Little squirrels, rabbits and birds adorn the designs of Qualy products 

A shop with a catty concept 

Lifestyle concept shops abound in Asiatique

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