Very popular among Thais since it opened in 2012, this huge complex of shops and entertainment venues on the river's edge is among the biggest traditional markets in the city. No aisles or congested makeshift stalls here.
Everything is clean and modern: rows of shops in small cabins and shopping aisles in old refurbished warehouses. All certainly seems less exotic but nonetheless very folksy, with 1,500 shops traditional clothes alongside designer threads, beautiful silks, and an Apple Store. The panoramic view from the illuminated Ferris wheel is breathtaking. The lights reflected in the waters of the Chao Phraya, the puppet theatre, and the dozens of restaurants give a magical air to the fairground site.
Avoid the traffic snarls and come by boat from the pier next to the Saphan Taksin metro station: the shuttle ferries run until 11:00 pm, and the view of the city by night from the river is majestic.
Asiatique The Riverfront
2194 Charoen Krung Road
Bang Kho Laem
+66 (0)21 08 4488