17 December 2012
Bangkok has a new tourist attraction with the opening at the weekend of the 60-metre high Sky Wheel on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. The observation/Ferris wheel is a temporary addition to the Bangkok skyline and has been erected as part of a winter festival at Asiatique the Riverfront.
The Sky Wheel has been assembled by European company, Dutch Wheels, who have installed similar observation wheels around the world. These are temporary structures which are assembled on site where they remain in place for a set period of time before being dismantled and moved on to a new site. It isn’t clear how long the Bangkok wheel will be in place, but it looks likely to be at Asiatique until at least February 2013.
There has already been some controversy over the pricing structure announced by Asiatique. Originally, the company had said that the price would be 200 Baht for adults and 150 Baht for children, but all non-Thai people (adults and children) would be charged 250 Baht. The dual pricing was highlighted by Thailand blogger, Richard Barrow. This resulted in criticism of Asiatique from Thais and non-Thais via social media and on the Asiatique Facebook page. After much flip-flopping and failed attempts to try and blame Dutch Wheels for the pricing, Asiatique announced that all visitors would pay the (higher) rate of 250 Baht. Today, that has apparently been changed to say that all visitors will be charged 200 Baht.
photo credit: Asiatique