Vendors at the night market sell clothing, foods and lots of other things out of well preserved VW busses.
From Thursday to Saturday Talat Nud Rotfri opens in the evenings behind Esplanade on an older parking lot. It is a night market with live music, shopping and gastronomy. The typical items for sale are shoes, accessories, shirts and fashion jewelry. The back part of the lot is reserved for food vendors and small outdoor restaurants. The first night market took place in mid January 2015.
Many events are hosted in Esplanade on Ratchadapisek. Some of them are very successful, drawing huge crowds and being televised. Cover Dance Thailand is one of these shows. Groups on teenagers and young adults compete for the first place in various musical dance performance categories. All of them give 100% their best to achieve this goal and it’s spectacular to watch some of the most amazing Thai street dancers perform on stage.
Neon signs next to Esplanade’s entrance are frequently used for nightshot photography. In this picture a tourist from Switzerland captures the name plates of residing companies after nightfall with his Nikon 5200 DSLR camera.
The upper floor of Esplanade hosts 12 movie theaters of Mojor Cineplex. They are very modern cinemas playing blockbuster movie hits in English, Thai and Korean languages. Most theaters are equipped with digital technology and 3D. Two units are co-branded by BSC company with wide first class reclining seats. Showtimes start at around 11 am with last movies kicking off at around 11.30 pm. Regular rickets are priced from 210 to 230 Baht per seat while luxury BSC units offer seats for 600 Baht inclusive of free drinks and finger foods. Special pricing is offered on Wednesdays when tickets for most shows are offered for as low as 60, 80 or 100 Baht per seat and screen.
Wednesday is movie day at Major Cineplex Esplanade. Tickets are sold at discounts.
One station away by MRT at Phra Ram 9: Central Plaza Mall
Shopping on Ratchadapisek Road has become very popular after Central Plaza has been opened next to Rama 9 MRT station opposite of Fortune Tower known for it’s IT City outlets. Central Plaza hosts many boutique shops and a Robinson’s department store. Of course there are many food and beverage outlets, climatized cinemas and a cool Starbucks Thailand store. It’s all just one station away by MRT.
MRT station “Thailand Cultural Center” is located right beside the Mall’s entrance. Use exit 3 or follow directions to Chinese Embassy.
Esplanade can easily be reached by public transport. Most Bangkok bus lines frequenting Ratchadapisek Road stop right infront. Most popular you can reach Esplanade Mall by using MRT line. MRT is Bangkok’s metro or subway system running from Chatuchak Park in the North of town all the way to Hua Lamphong, the capital’s main railway station. Esplanade is next to MRT station “Thailand Cultural Center” between Soi 5 and Soi 7. Next landmarks would be construction of AIG building and RS Tower. Most taxi drivers will know where to find the mall without issues as it is very popular among Bangkok citizens.
Left hand side behind Esplanade Mall there is one landmark: Amanta Residence. It’s a park of 5 buildings up to 7 stories high that are surrounding a beautiful landscape of gardens and swimming pool. It’s facilities include a Cybex fitness gym. Amanta Residence is partly operated as a hotel, serviced residence and privately owned residence.
Swimming Pool at Amanta Ratchada
It’s superior location and fine architecture make it one of the most upscale places to live on Ratchadapisek Road. Most units are two-bedrooms condominiums with large windows, balconies, wooden floors and walk-in closets. Most hotel units are one-bedroom apartments. Hotel rooms average up to 3000 Baht per night while residential rents run anywhere from 30k Baht for unfurnished apartments to 90k Baht for serviced three-bedroom units.