Is Asiatique the Riverfront in Bangkok Still Worth Going Now?

Written by Katherine

July 26, 2023
Last Updated on February 29, 2024

Hubs and I always visit Bangkok mainly to eat and shop. Well, shopping is definitely the number one thing that we do in Bangkok. ( ´ ꒳ ` ) Anyway, since we were on a more extended stay this time, we also decided to visit some places of interest. One of the places in Bangkok that we visited was the Asiatique the Riverfront. After reading so much about this place, we decided to check it out to see if it lives up to its name of being a vibrant riverfront destination. If you are reading this, you must be interested to know if it is still worth visiting Asiatique now. Fret not, as I will be sharing with you my experience and afterthoughts. So let’s go~! ☆ミ(o*・ω・)ノ

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About Asiatique the Riverfront Bangkok

Asiatique the Riverfront is one of the most popular places of interest to visit in Bangkok. With so many night markets around, one might wonder what makes Asiatique stand out among them. For one, it is located on the banks of the Chao Praya River. That alone already makes you tempted to check it out, isn’t it? (´・ᴗ・ ` ) Another factor is its setting in a warehouse complex, which I guess makes it really comfortable for people to shop around as compared to other night markets.

Banners and the shops at Asiatique the Riverfront in Bangkok

There are supposedly 1,500 shops and 40 restaurants at Asiatique and you are guaranteed to find a lot of good deals in there. With Bangkok’s hot weather, a lot of the restaurants at night markets are usually kind of stuffy. But here at Asiatique, the restaurants and bars are all made to be comfortable so you can enjoy a good meal and enjoy a view after all the shopping. On paper, it sounded like a wonderful place to visit. And that is why hubs and I decided to check it out to see if it lives up to its name. ( ´ ω ` )

How to Get to Asiatique

The easiest way to get to Asiatique the Riverfront is by taking the BTS Skytrain to Saphan Taksin station. After exiting the gantry, take the stairs at Exit 2 and walk straight. From there, there would be signs directing you to the Sathorn pier. The free shuttle boat service is located all the way at the end of the pier, if I never remember wrongly. It is the one with the most number of people waiting and there is a timetable of the ferry timings so you would not get it wrong. (´• ω •`) Anyway, I have included a photo of the timetable I have taken for your reference (as of Nov 2022). ( *ˊᵕˋ* )⸝

The Sathorn Pier and the free shuttle boat service timetable from the pier to Asiatique the Riverfront in Bangkok

Opening Hours of Asiatique the Riverfront Bangkok

If you have checked out Asiatique’s website or Google Maps, you might have noticed that the listed opening hours are from 11 AM to 12 AM. While some of the restaurants might be open from 11 AM onwards, a lot of the shops are only open from 5 PM onwards. So my advice would be to visit the place after 5 PM to have the full experience. You would also notice that the free shuttle boat service is only from 4 PM onwards so it is probably a sign as well! (・_・)ノ

Is Asiatique the Riverfront Bangkok Still Worth Going To?

It’s finally time to answer the question! Is Asiatique the Riverfront still worth going to now? Well, based on our experience? My answer is a hard NO. If this is your first time in Bangkok and you just want to check out all the popular places of interest, I would say maybe you can consider visiting. With so many people raving about its vibrancy, hubs and I were TOTALLY underwhelmed by what we saw. Not only is the place like a ghost town, it was hardly lively there. Well, except maybe if you consider the restaurants beside the pier that were blasting their music like crazy.

A structure saying Hello in various languages and a look of Asiatique from the ferry

Since this was our first time visiting Asiatique, we do not know how vibrant the place was before the pandemic. It might be like what people said, it was really nice to shop and eat there. But when we were there, more than half of the shops were closed. The most number of people we saw were at the pier where everyone was waiting for their ferry back to Sathorn Pier. (´-ω-`)

And then there was the Asiatique Sky, the signature Ferris wheel in Asiatique. We did not take a ride on the Ferris wheel but it did not look bad. I was expecting more crowd and liveliness near the Ferris wheel, especially when we were expecting some kind of night market vibe there. Turned out there was just a limited number of food stalls and they were lacklustre. Honestly, hubs and I were looking forward to finding some food here but we ended up having to look at the limited restaurants there to see what we can eat. (-ω-、)

The food stalls beside the Ferris wheel and a look at the Ferris wheel at Asiatique the Riverfront in Bangkok

Dinner at Kua Sa Wat Dee

Coming to Asiatique, we already know that things would be more expensive. So needless to say, a lot of the restaurant prices are on the higher side. Hubs and I were totally not in the mood after seeing how lifeless the place was but we eventually settled for a place called Kua Sa Wat Dee. I like the food that we had at this restaurant. The omelette was really fluffy and tasty but the best was the garlic pork.

Our dinner at Kua Sa Wat Dee at Asiatique the Riverfront in Bangkok

But a quick check on Google brought up a lot of 1-star reviews about the restaurant, especially about its business integrity. Apparently, customers were being charged for items that they did not order. And this seemed to be a recurrence in the recent reviews. We did not experience this when we dined there though. The staff were all really friendly and everything came on time. So this is a time when I say Your Mileage Might Vary (YMMV) so I would advise you to think twice before visiting. (´• ω •`)

Overall Experience at Asiatique the Riverfront Bangkok

As I have mentioned previously, I DO NOT recommend people to visit Asiatique the Riverfront even though it is listed as one of the places of interest to visit in Bangkok. With barely any shops open, a limited number of food choices and a less than lively atmosphere, I think it is better to visit a traditional night market for a better experience. Until the day that Asiatique is back to its glory, I would say it is better to give it a miss for now. (´-ω-`)

The Ferris wheel and the main signage at Asiatique the Riverfront in Bangkok

Information about Asiatique the Riverfront

ASIATIQUE THE RIVERFRONT BANGKOK

⏰ Opening Hours: 11 AM – 12 PM (ideally to visit after 5 PM)
☎️ Phone Number: +66 92 246 0812
📒 Free Shuttle Boat Timetable

You can find out more about Asiatique the Riverfront here:
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