Set on the site of the former East Asiatic Pier, built in the early 1900s during the reign of King Chulalongkorn, Asiatique. The Riverfront is transforming the area to its former glory. Ten minutes downriver from Saphan Taksin BTS Station, you’ll arrive at a 300 meter long boardwalk. From here, you can promenade down the wide avenues to explore the four districts, Charoenkrung, with its over 1000 boutiques housed in four mammoth warehouses selling the same kinds of goods you’ll find at Chatuchak Weekend Market, the Factory District featuring high-end fashion and technology, including an Apple Store, the Warterfront District serving up as many as 40 pubs and restaurants, including Thai, Italian and seafood, and finally the Town Square that draws large audiences for the Joe Louis Puppet Theater and Calypso Cabaret. For a bird’s eye view of the entire complex and dazzling city metropolis, visitors take to the Asiatique Sky, the highest Ferris wheel in Thailand.
Hours: Daily 5pm to midnight
haroenkrung Soi 74-76, Wat Prayakrai, Bangkor Laem, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2108 4488
Resembling New York’s Guggenheim Museum, the BACC is Bangkok’s midtown hub for the contemporary arts showing modernist work alongside traditional Thai and international art, painting, sculpture, photography video, film and multimedia, installation and performance. Easily reached from National Stadium BTS Station by the Skybridge, this white, circular and curving complex with its high ceiling atrium and spiral walkways linking the 9-floors designed to serve artists as well as the community with its galleries, auditorium, performance spaces, studio, library, cafés, restaurants, bookstores and art shops.
The exhibitions and programs change regularly so it’s a good idea to check what’s going on at the moment. But remember while you might plan a day that includes shopping at nearby MBK and the Siam shopping district, once you get into all that’s here, you might find the hours have slipped by unnoticed with your attention captivated with so much to see and do.
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 9pm
939 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan, Bangkok
Tel: +66 (0) 2214 6630
The inspiration of Boonchai Bencharongkul, the museum’s architecture based on a jasmine sculpture carved in single marble rock that stands next to it in a reflecting pool. A Bangkok entrepreneur, he built the complex to pay homage to Thailand’s current monarch, H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and Professor Silpa Bhirasri, Italian sculptor Corrado Feroci who is considered the “Father of Contemporary Thai Art”.
Khun Boonchai’s personal collection on exhibit here can most certainly be described as a symbiotic reflection of the modern and traditional, much like Bangkok itself. Most of the artists represented here are Thai, though there is a section dedicated to romantic Victorian art.
The five floors of high ceiling galleries take full advantage of the natural light that changes with the seasons and time providing slightly different impressions for the paintings with their subjects ranging from Buddhist mythology to surrealism and the abstract. The museum also has a delightful café and gift shop.
Hours: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 6pm
499 Kamphaengphet 6 Road., Ladyao,
Tel: +66 (0) 2953 1005-7