It's a large, beautiful night market situated on the ChaoPraya River in Bangkok. It has a giant white Ferris Wheel for [romantic] enjoyment. And it houses a cabaret with Thai cultural performances such as the popular ladyboy show, Calypso. The name of this nightlife hot spot is Asiatique. I celebrated last year's New Year's holiday there with some friends. And man was it swarming with crowds of folks.
When we had arrived that night a concert had been going on, which attracted so many people. I had only been there once before when there was time and space to explore all of Asiatique's charming attractions from the international food court to the flea market style clothing shops to the massage vendors. But my friends and me [on my second visit there] only had time and space to get something to eat before waiting to ring in the New Year.
Midnight quickly came when we heard the fireworks going off, managing to get a clear view of them so we could snap photos. The show only lasted for 10 minutes, to my amazement, but it was a special way to celebrate the passing of another year. I recommend Asiatique to anyone looking for something fun to do in Thailand's capital. It is accessible by ferry, bus, or taxi and a perfect place to shop for souvenirs.
Don't ask me about the significance of its unique name "Asiatique," as I haven't a clue about it. But if you happen to visit this nifty night market and discover the history of the name, please do be sure to inform me. Thanks!