ASIATIQUE THE RIVERFRONT IS RELATIVELY NEW AS IT OPENED ONLY IN 2012 BUT IS ALREADY A MAJOR LANDMARK IN BANGKOK.
Once the headquarters of East Asiatic Company, a trading company owned by Hans Nille Andersen of Denmark, it was the world's biggest exporter of teak wood. King Chulalongkorn had the great foresight to establish trade with powerful European nations which were carving out colonies throughout Asia and successfully prevented Siam (the original name of Thailand) from falling into the hands of the French who had already annexed ndo China. It was said when French warships sailed into Bangkok to attack, it was the gaze of Emerald Buddha in Grand Palace that forestalled the conquest as the ships suddenly failed to move and were forced to retreat! To this day, the Emerald Buddha is revered as Thailand's most important and sacred Buddha image. Thrice a year, the King of Thailand personally changes the jewelled garments of this 26-inch statue which is of solid jade or jasper and not emerald as it is named after the green color.
The East Asiatic Company warehouses on this site by Chao Phraya river ceased operations in 1947 after 40 years and fell into disrepair. In 2011 TCC Land took over and transformed the original warehouses into this incredible shopping, dining and entertainment mega night market.
Most shops are inside the original warehouses so the ambiance is truly authentic and among the famous theatres are Calypso starring Bangkok's most beautiful and sexiest transvestites, Joe Lewis Thai Puppet Theatre and Muay Thai show. At RM 150 for the trannie and bvoxing shows, they are not cheap but worth every baht as they are so entertaining. I have not been to Joe Lewis theatre so cannot comment. The Asiatique Sky is Bangkok's highest at 200 ft with bird's eye views of Asiatique.
Currently Asiatique occupies 12 acres but plans are afoot to expand to 28 acres so I guess I will have to walk more and arrive at 5 pm. Asiatique replaces the popular Suan Lum night market and Silom street market as the stalls have been removed for some unfathomable reason. I went there three days ago and was shocked to see only a few desultory stalls left! Bring Silom night street market back! The stalls do not obstruct anything or anyone or any project and its elimination means 1 less tourist attraction in Bangkok!
Many call Asiatique openair but this is untrue as almost all shops are located indoors inside EAC warehouses and the toilets are amazingly cold so I tend to go there when the heat gets to me!
FIRST THING YOU SEE UPON ARRIVAL
THE LATE AND GREAT KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ OF THAILAND
THESE ELEPHANTS SPONSORED BY CHANG BEER AS 'CHANG' MEANS 'ELEPHANT'
ASIATIQUE SKY IS TALLEST FERRIS WHEEL AT 200 FEET
NOTE THE GO KARTS
HIGHTECH WHEELS FOR HIRE
FUN FUN FUN
SHRINE TO NAK
BAG TOTING CAT
BY THE RIVER
BRONZE STATUES OF CHINAMEN CARRYING SACKS OF RICE
TOUGH LIFE FOR THE POOR CHINKS
THIS GUY HAS IT EASY TODAY!
JACK DANIEL THAT IS
NICE ANGLE OF FERRIS WHEEL
GO KARTING BELOW
EASY LOAD FOR WHITE FARANG WOMAN
HARD AT WORK
STILL AT IT
PIER IN USE FOR FREE BOAT SHUTTLE
COLONIAL HOUSE NOW RESTAURANT
LOVE THIS BUILDING
LONG LIVE THE KING IN OUR MINDS AND LONG LIVE NEW KING RAMA X
WHAT A VIEW
2 CHINAMEN EATING IN TRADITIONAL STYLE
I USED TO EAT LIKE THIS AS A CHILD AS IT'S A CHINKY CUSTOM
BUT I NEVER SQUATTED BUT ENJOYED PUTTING ONE LEG UP ON STOOL
LOOK, A FLOATING CROCODILE! ARTISTIC
WALL DECOR SO LOVELY
CHANGING COLORS OF WATER
RM 18,000 FOR THIS HUGE GOLD AND STONE ENCRUSTED CARPET
THESE POOR MEN HAD TO TAKE OPIUM TO GIVE THEM STRENGTH TO PULL THE TRISHAWS! MAY THEY BE REBORN IN HIGHER PLANE OF EXISTENCE FOR ALL THEIR SUFFERING
HOW THE CHINESE SUFFERED IN THOSE DAYS
NOW BUDDHA MAKES THEM RICH TO COMPENSATE!
BIG FAT DURIANS I LIKE
BIG FAT DOG I ALSO LIKE
HUGE CROCO BAG
JULIET'S GARDEN BUT WHERE IS ROMEO?
DON'T WE ALL LOVE BIG SCREWS?
I REALLY DUNNO!