Good things seldom come cheap but there are times when they come for free. Yes, it is possible to have a free boat ride in the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok. Its available 365 days a year and is free for all. There is one catch though. This free boat is not taking you towards Bangkok's best known riverside attractions like the Grand Palace & Wat Pho. Instead it will take you to an upscale night market that comes to life in the evening in the 10 warehouses of a unique shopping mall called 'Asiatique The Riverfront'. The free boat is a shuttle operated by Asiatique and connects the shopping mall with the Sathorn (Central) Pier located next to the Saphan Taksin BTS Station on Silom Line. In this page I will give necessary information on how to enjoy this free boat ride. Also read: BTS Skytrain Link To Chao Phraya River. Keep reading...
|Free Shuttle Boat Chao Phraya River Bangkok|
Asiatique The Riverfront
Asiatique The Riverfront not just has street shopping but also plenty of food, movies including 4D movies, Calypso Cabaret, Live Muay Thai, Go Karting, a giant observation wheel called 'Asiatique Sky', and a river cruise. The 10 warehouses are spread over four 'districts': Charoenkrung District & Factory District for shopping having a total of 1500 outlets, and Town Square District & Waterfront District for food and outdoor activities. The Waterfront District has a few international restaurants along a 300 meter river front pathway. Views of the riverside are great especially at sunset.
|Asiatique The Riverfront Shooping Mall Bangkok|
|Riverside Pathway at Asiatique The Riverfront Bangkok|
The Free Boat
|Free Shuttle Boat Queue For Asiatique At Sathorn Pier Bangkok|
Asiatique free shuttle boat can be boarded at the Central Pier next to Saphan Taksin BTS Station. Take the BTS exit 2 and walk down towards the pier. There is a common waiting area at the pier for different boat services and usually there is a guy informing passengers whenever a boat for a particular destination arrives at the pier. There is a separate queue for Asiatique. The free shuttle service operates between 4.00pm and 8.00pm from the 'The Far Left' pier and between 8.00pm and 11.30pm from Chao Phraya Express Boat Pier, both at Central Pier. One way ride lasts about 10 minutes.
Enjoy The Views
|Chao Phraya River Bangkok Just Before Sunset|
The views of buildings around the river are spectacular. Going to or coming back from Asiatique just before sunset can be really rewarding in terms of the priceless views. The best time to be at Asiatique starts at sundown. If you wish to watch the Calypso show, advance booking for the same can be done here. Muay Thai show can be booked here.
Best Money Change Rates in Bangkok
|Super Rich (Thailand) Money Exchange Counter at Asiatique The Riverfront|
You can also exchange another currency for Thai Baht at an exchange counter in Asiatique. It is called 'Super Rich (Thailand)'. See the picture above. This company offers the best money exchange rates in Bangkok and may be in entire Thailand.
Coming Back From Asiatique
|Asiatique The Riverfront Pier at Chao Phraya River Bangkok|
Boats displaying the Asiatique flag ferry tourists back to the Sathorn Pier. Queues here are short early in the evening but get longer later on. Its a good trip, for the free boat ride if not for the shopping. Asiatique Website Link.
|Posted by Narinder Singh|