After our afternoon tea session at Mandarin Oriental Hotel, we took the hotel’s water boat back to the Taskin Bridge to catch Asiatique’s service boat. If you are traveling via BTS, take the train to Saphin Taskin station, then catch the service boat. I highly recommend having afternoon tea at Mandarin Oriental before going to Asiatique (in the vicinity), because the food and ambiance are excellent (blog post here and here).
Some pictures I took on the boat ride…
A night shot
I didn’t take many pictures of Asiatique because I was a very bad mood. It was terribly hot and there was no air-conditioning. So here’s a tip: go after 6.30pm. I arrived at 5pm and it was unbearable.
Anyways, Asiatique is a lifestyle project built on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It’s pitched as Bangkok’s trendiest destination. It’s a huge place, so although there are many tourists and locals, you won’t feel cramped. There are 1500 shops and 40 restaurants to keep you occupied. Shops sell souvenirs, clothes, accessories, handicraft, furniture and home furnishings. The concept of clothing and accessory shops is similar to Bugis Village in Singapore, with prices similar to MBK and Chatuchak. Money changer rates here are reasonable; most shops only accept cash. Check out Explore Life Lah for more pictures and information.
We went looking for Calypso to collect our tickets which we booked online a few weeks before arriving in Bangkok. You can choose seats on their online booking system.
Wandered around because it was too early for dinner. Someone is very attracted to the roasted duck…haha
A couple doing their pre-wedding shoot.
Snacked at KFC as we were too full for a proper dinner. The following are not available in Singapore; how I wish they are…
Spicy marinade crispy crunch coating chicken
Black and white pepper chicken
Tuna corn salad
Time for the lady boy (transvestite) cabaret!
You can opt to have dinner in their in-house Thai restaurant before the show. Dinner and show packages are available.
The seats are arranged in the following way. As you can see, seats 3 and 4 are behind seats 1 and 2, on the same level. Hence, if it’s just the two of you, make sure you get seats 1 and 2 to minimize the chances of a stranger’s head partially blocking your view.
This was rather disturbing…
Ladyboys are very eager to take pictures with guests.
Hot lady boy who’s fantastic at posing.
Sexy lady boy with a sweet face.