Asiatique – New river front shopping complex

The ‘Asiatique The Riverfront‘ is the latest lifestyle mall in Bangkok. Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, on the Chareonkrung Road, this new mall is set to become the premier shopping/entertainment complex in Bangkok.

The new mall is set on a historic site and utilizes some long neglected buildings dating back to the early 1900s. Originally the site was the business base of the East Asiatic Company, owned by a Danish National, which exported Teak to Europe in the early 1900s. The original pier and the sawmill have been restored and incorporated into the shopping complex.

The first phase of the project has been very recently completed with its grand opening night taking place in April 2012. When the Asiatic is fully completed it will cover an area of 28,880 acres with 1,500 shops, 6 stages, 40 restaurants and a host of other activities. Open from 5pm to midnight every day the idea behind the shopping mall is that it will combine shopping, eating, drinking and live entertainment in a single location. Calypso Ladyboy Cabaret and Joe Louis Puppet Theatre are both signed up to take purpose built theatre buildings. Sounds great to us and it is has every prospect of being very successful.

The finished project is split into four sections, or districts as the developers (TCC Ltd) call them:

  • Chareonkrung District – 1,000 boutique shops
  • Town Square District – Food quarter, beer garden and outdoor activity centre
  • Factory District – 55 fashion shops in an old sawmill
  • Waterfront District – Restaurants and wine bars on the waterfront

A number of shops, restaurants and bars have already opened for business and are doing a brisk trade. If you are interested in doing business in Bangkok, we reckon a retail unit at the Asiatic would be a good bet as you are guaranteed good levels of passing trade.

Kacha Kacha

Open in April 2012 in the first phase of the Asiatique, this Japanese Teppanyaki is a superb new restaurant. The interiors are fantastic – created by Japanese craftsman in ‘izakaya’ style. The menu of Kacha Kacha lists near on 100 items including yakitori (char grilled meat on skewers), teppanyaki (grilled meat and vegetables), okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) and yakisoba (fried noodle). The dishes are reasonably priced with yakisoba ad okonomiyaki at around 200 Thai Baht ($6.7) a plate and yakitori at 30 to 60 Thai baht ($1 to $2).

Flann O’Brien

Another new opening at the Asiatic is this 400 seater Irish gastro pub with a menu ranging from salads to burger, pies, stews, grills and Thai dishes. It’s pretty good actually. Irish mains, like Guinness Pie, are around 350 Thai Baht ($12.5) and the full Irish all day breakfast is 329 Thai Baht ($11).

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