- Ferris wheel – I have to admit. It is becoming one of the Bangkok’s (non-cultural) landmarks. Since I could not think of anywhere that has a ferris wheel for the whole year. (some places might have it for a festival in winter season). When coming here at the twilight time, there are pretty much chances that you will get the blue wheel with the purple sky as a background like this. This object can also be seen from far away. Note: Sorry, I havn’t riden this since if I want the view from the top I would go for a tall building..
- Free boat ride all year long – well, if you enjoy a boat ride then you will probably like this. Since they don’t charge for a ferry boat from the skytrain station that linked to the center of Bangkok, Siam and Sukhumvit area.
- Organized and clean – OK. It’s new. It was just opened to the public like since 2012. So, the shop sections are well divided and the area is well-organized, and easy to get around. The main sections are shops, food court, restaurants, deck, and the ferris wheel which is currently held the River festival for Loy Krathong day, November 6 for this year. Its size is manageable to walk around in a couple days comparing to the Jatujak weekend market which is huge.
- Takeing vivid photos – the lighting is nice. Each shops are decorated nicely. You can see from the photos here. Thus, I would come here when I want some photos of variety of shops with enough light at night.
- Tourists – I put this as a good thing since I think if you want to study the customer behavior of some groups of tourists; what do they buy (from their shopping bags), what do they eat (from their dish), where do they come from (if you ask). Then, this is the nice place to do so. It is chilled.
- Pricey stuffs – It is the same reason for many tourist attractions that I would say this. Well, maybe I think I could find the cheaper things somewhere else but if it is the only market you come in Bangkok and you found some unique stuffs, you should get it. If you want to taste the local food, just walk outside the Asiatique and turn left or turn right and go straight for like 5 minutes you would find the first local restaurants on street (I was walking here from another hotel and I passed a lot of restaurants.) It is much cheaper and the taste is real but yeah, if the menu does not contain some photos, it would be difficult to order. These are the examples of things I had that day (ones that I could remember the prices): matcha soft cream with a waffle cone at THB 59 (this is the normal price for this though!) and pepper pork steak in the food court at THB 139 (but I feel like THB 70)
- Seats are not by the river – from the name ‘Asiatique the riverfront,’ it is really by the river, we can hang out on the deck; however, I saw some restaurants here that claimed they are by the river, actually yes with some spaces but if you expect to dine by the river,, it is not really unlike other standalone restaurants/hotels along Chao Phraya river such as Sala Rattanakosin (opposite of Wat Arun as the photo on my about me page here) or Vivi coffeeplace for the afternoon drink.
- Too touristy – If you are looking for a place that Thai people hang out normally, this would not be it. But if you want to check it out, yes you should do! To me, it is quite far from the city center where most of people gather around, so I would come here once in a while as I put it on the reason to come here that I want some photos. But some Thai in the neighborhood come here as well since there are a couple times I came here on the weekend and found lots of families came and some students came. But most people I have seen here are the East Asians tourists 🙂