Since Esplanade and the Talad Nut Rotfai area are gaining higher popularity among visitors, more and more tourists seek to stay in this attractive region. The closest hotel to Esplanade is Amanta Hotel and Residence Ratchada. The place is like an oasis in the heart of Ratchadapisek Road.
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.
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.
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.
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.