23 Trok Rongnamkhaeng
pier: River City
HOURS: Daily 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
This quiet mall on the edge of the Chao Phraya just around the corner from the Oriental Hotel has the largest selection of high-end art, antiques, and jewelry in the city.
Many of the more than 50 shops carry devotional Buddhist art from Thailand and Southeast Asia; others focus on art and antiques from China.
There are also occasional auctions and exhibits at the mall—make sure to call ahead for the schedule. Shops in this well-established mall tend to have a good reputation, but since the objects for sale are quite pricey it pays to do your research beforehand.
Although River City stays open late, some shops close earlier than 9 p.m.
© Suzanne Nam from Moon Bangkok, 5th Edition