I dropped by Chinatown because it was very close to Wat Traimit and I needed something to eat. Very interesting to be strolling along the streets of Chinatown to see what they have to offer although its pretty hard to impress a Chinese in a foreign Chinatown...hahaha. Worth a visit if you are around the area.
walked through the markets by roadside and the Sampaeng Lane.
in Sampaeng lane - heaven for wholeseller and girls..
one can find many many 'Hello Kitty' merchandise here...and fabrics, and many many more..
It is a very nice walk around Chinatown. You can easily spend a few hours there.
Start by visiting Wat Mangkon Kamalawat. It is a large and lively temple, lots of activity going on.
After visiting the temple cross the street and visit the amazing Chinese market and experience the everyday goings on. (Trok Itsaranuphap)
The area is best visited by foot, as there are menay narrow alleys etc to see.
I really enjoyed the visit to Chinatown.
One more question on Chinatown - what time is it open until?
Chinatown is always busy the whole day except during Songkran Festival which takes place between April 13-17 every year.
The Pros: Enjoy your strolling along the street. Visit chineses temples, gold smiths, and stroll into alleys where shops offereing wholesale toys, garments, and typical hawkers' food. Also, enjoy daylight photography. At the end of the street, look for the chinese arch with chinese characters written by the princess.
The Cons: Beware of crowds of the local and workmen rushing around, and heavy traffic producin fumes. Some market areas are filthy. It's always hot in Bangkok.
The Pros: Not too hot weather allows you to stroll a bit longer if you enjoy the scene. Try a variety of hawkers' food, fruit, and nuts. Recommended are sweet chinese herb topped with crushed ice, smelly spiky Durian in case you don't mind it, hazel not freshly roasted. Spotlight night shots.
The Cons: Streets are always two–lane occupied by the vendors making tourists and pedestrians almost always have to walk in the mniddle of the running cars.
This is one of the busiest parts of Bangkok - congestion at its densest. Easiest way to get here is via the ferry system - especially in the evenings, when it gets really busy. Hualamphong Station is also a relatively short walk - roughly 10 mins. - but the Ratchawongse pier is closest.
The shops and alleys of Chinatown are an easy whole day adventure. The markets start well before the sun is up, and change throughout the day. There is also the fabulous "thieves market" which is a daily affair, starting at about 9.00am, folding at about 3.00pm. Busier and much much larger on the weekends.
There is also a 24 hour local market on Saturday nights. Wandered through here a few times - when I've woken in the middle of the night, or stayed up late. Packed - and a great place to buy some 20Baht noodles!
I've read all the reviews about visiting Chinatown. But not this tip:
Take a bike tour through Chinatown. I've done it, not too long ago (posted a review).
You depart from the Grand China Princess Hotel, on Yaowarat Road. The tour brings you to places you never will visit. Shopping streets, sois, sub sois, sub-sub sois, alleys, anywhere.
We cycled I think two or three hours in Chinatown, before crossing over to continue in
Thonburi. Which was great too, but different. Later you cycle through deserted plantations, before taking a longtailboat back.
I was told that Co van Kessel will do a Chinatown only tour as well, somewhere in March or so. Anyway, check the site: www.covankessel.com
You won't believe what you see here, what a different culture!
Strangest food in the world! Lots of pastery in strange colours (like pink) filled with fish, dried stuff, squids, special seafood, they even sell dried crockodile ***! The strangest culture ever seen!
Without having to visit China, visit Chinatown first for an impression.... Definitely a must see.
The Chinatown district is one of the oldest areas of Bangkok as Chinese merchants were originally moved to this area in the early 1780's when Bangkok was founded. One of the main streets of this area, Charoen Krung was actually Bangkok's first paved road, so it's English name, New Road, couldn't really be more inappropriate nowadays. The area has got a somewhat seedy historical reputation for large numbers of opium dens, brothels (which hung green lanterns outside, giving it the name of the Green Light district), pawnshops and a fondness for gambling.
Today, gold shops and pawnshops are still very popular in Chinatown and can be found almost anywhere. Drug dealing, prostitution and gambling (all now illegal in Thailand) are also still thought to be widespread in this area, though they are not likely to be very noticeable to the average visitor.
Though other attractions as such are thin on the ground, Chinatown is an interesting place to just wander around. A couple of Chinatown's most interesting roads are Yaowarat road leading westwards from near Wat Traimit, and Sampeng Lane, also sometimes known as Soi Wanit), running parallel south of Yaowarat.
Busy Yaowarat road is Chinatown's main street, and has surely one of greatest concentrations of gold shops anywhere, reflecting the love of gold the Thai-Chinese are often thought to have. There's dozens of them, all dazzlingly brightly colored, and with mainly very good prices. There's also plenty of restaurants round here also, where you can get birds-nest soup, dim sum, shark fin soup and other traditional Chinese delicacies.
We decided to take a walk through Chinatown on our way from Banglamphu to get to the metro and I am glad that we did. It gives you a different view of Bangkok. It is very busy and there is a lot of traffic.
Just take a moment to look at the shops, from Jewelry to home made signs. There is also a market. seeing the Tesco Lotus made us sad.
Have a look at the Hualamphong main train station, it was designed by dutch architects.
We didn't do the river tour as there were no boats that day due to the Royal Barge procession.
I stayed in Chinatown for a week when I visited Bangkok in September 2007.
While I probably wouldn’t stay there again if I ever returned to Bangkok (due to the lack of nearby public transport options), I would very highly recommend a visit there and a few hours (or even days) wandering the busy action-packed streets.
Yaowarat Road is the bustling main thoroughfare of Chinatown. It is lined on both sides with hotels, restaurants, Chinese food shops, grocery stores, clothing stores and jewellery shops. The shops and restaurants are only a small part of the shopping and dining opportunities in Chinatown though, as much of the activity takes place out on the streets.
You will find street food stalls all over Chinatown. These sell all sorts of food from simple bowls of noodles and soup to grilled meat, fresh seafood and sweet cakes. Roasted chestnuts are particularly common in Chinatown – you’ll find lots of people roasting them by the roadside.
As well as the food stalls, the streets are full of outdoor markets selling fresh fruit and vegetables, souvenirs, flowers, perfumes, clothing, toys and all manner of household items.
By night, Yaowarat Road is lit up by large neon signs that line the restaurant and shop fronts along both sides of the road. The food stalls are bustling after dark, with thousands of people (mainly locals) sitting on the streets eating cheap meals and watching the world go by. Even if you don’t fancy eating on the streets, it is fascinating just to walk around soaking up the atmosphere and taking photos.
As a tourist, you may want to note that no bars are allowed operate within Chinatown. Nightlife therefore centres around the hotels and restaurants, where you can buy alcoholic beverages to accompany your meal.
The nearest MRTA station to Chinatown is Hua Lamphong (15 minutes walk from Yaowarat Road) and the nearest ferry pier is Ratchawong (10 minutes walk from Yaowarat Road).
Visit Chinatown to soak up an atmosphere that is different from anywhere else in Bangkok!
Sampeng Lane is a bustling market lined street in the Chinatown area of Bangkok.
It is pedestrianised to the extent that it would be impossible for cars to fit along it – but that doesn’t stop moped riders from squeezing through the throngs of shoppers or street food sellers hauling their food carts through the crowds.
In my notebook, I noted that a stroll along Sampeng Lane was a pleasant and shaded respite from the hot and busy streets. I made those notes after my first visit to Sampeng Lane late one afternoon. Later in the week, when I revisited Sampeng Lane, it was less a pleasant stroll and more a battle against a sea of local shoppers hunting for bargains.
You will find all manner of things for sale on Sampeng Lane, in shops ranging from modern air conditioned stores to simple street stalls. Clothing shops are particularly common, as well as shops selling footwear, cosmetics and perfumes, sweets, CDs, children’s toys, jewellery, carpets, fabrics and various household items. I even saw a shop that was selling Halloween costumes and pumpkins!
There are a few small restaurants amongst the shops and lots of street food for sale. You will find locals pulling carts of grilled skewered meats and fish, or selling ice cream from a mobile freezer. I saw one elderly lady selling nuts and dried fruits from a basket.
Along Sampeng Lane there are signs overhead warning visitors to be on their guard against pickpockets.
Sampeng Lane – a busy, pedestrianised shopping street in Chinatown.
If you think you have been to Chinatowns in other countries, and you want to skip Bangkok chinatown, you are making a mistake! You never know what you would miss here. Bangkok chinatown, (known as Yaowarat by the locals) is bigger than I imagined. It consists of a few roads. There were a few chinese style temples here. Chinatown is famous to the locals for the goldsmith shops. I went inside with my friends who was looking for their wedding rings. Oh my, it was so crowded inside. I saw people bought gold in big quantity! It felt like I was in a supermarket buying vegetables! Oh, how can one leave Chinatown without trying some of the foods here? Such many variety to choose from. You can go for authentic food on the street, or go for something fancier at nice restaurant. Bird nest and shark fin soup is popular here, but not cheap. Head to this area and enjoy!
Get yourself over to Chinatown on a Saturday night - the whole area was buzzing with outside foodie stalls offering all manner of wonderful dishes. Many of the stalls offer only one or two dishes that you can eat at shared plastic tables on the street. We spent a few hours here moseying from one stall to another sampling noodle soups, veg pancake thingys, skewers of succulent meats, you name it - whilst stopping off for a beer at regular intervals of course - finishing off with pancakes filled with bananas, chocolate, condensed milk, Heaven! Ideal if you're a bit strapped for cash as we ate full to bursting here for just a couple of quid each... Terrific lively atmosphere and surprisingly very few westerners in evidence on the night we were there...
We often talk about staying somewhere besides Chinatown when we come back to Bangkok - but, the fact that I am a hyperactive early morning waker keeps bringing us back to this area. While we don't venture out much at night in Chinatown, we love that you can look out of the window at virtually any time of the day or night, and there is action! I often get up very early in the morning, and wander through the markets at this time of day. This is before the shops in Chinatown open - and, almost without exception, I am the only tourist there - a dork with a camera......
There is an abundance of stuff down here - food, food, food - both fresh and cooked. I would NEVER cook if I lived in this city. There are also stalls of bags, jewellery, toys, cloth, jewellery and other accessories, toiletries, footwear and clothing, beauty products........Everything you could want - and all well before breakfast!
Then......about about 8.30am, everyone starts packing up and leaving with loaded trolleys - and the shops open, and the stalls outside the shops set up the second shift in Chinatown.
I love it at any time of the day. Never feel threatened - often feel very looked at - try not to get in the way...
Around Chinatown you can see and appreciate a peculiar architectural style, which reminded me of Sino-portuguese houses of Phuket Town. Wooden carved galleries, painted in different colours. Quite differente from typical teak Thai houses. Unfortunately, not all of these houses are so well preserved like the one in the pic. Shame on so many wires (this is really typical Thai), they almost hide the houses.
Por Chinatown puedes ver y apreciar un particular estilo arquitectonico, que me recordo a las casas sino-portuguesas de Phuket Town. Galerias de madera tallada, pintadas en diferentes colores. Bastante diferentes de las tipicas casas thailandesas de madera de teka. Por desgracia, no todas estas casas estan tan bien conservadas como la de la foto. Lastima que haya tantos cables (eso si que es de verdad tipicamente thailandes), casi tapan las casas.
Love it or hate it: crowded, hot and a little stressing, but also lively and highly interesting to see. Bangkok Chinatown is not so Chinese as other Chinese boroughs around the world. More thai signs, more people speaking local language... But, if Bangkok itself is a big market, perhaps Chinatown is its most perfect example. So many things to look at, to listen to and even to smell. A feast for senses or perhaps an overwhelming place: you decide. Our group got divided opinions, but nobody regretted to have visited the place.
Amalo u odialo: repleto, caliente y un poco estresante, pero tambien vivo y muy interesante de ver. El Chinatown de Bangkok quiza no es tan chino como otros barrios chinos del mundo: mas senhales en thai, mas gente hablando la lengua del pais... Pero si Bangkok en si mismo es un gran mercado, quizas Chinatown sea su mas perfecta expresion. Tantas cosas para ver, para escuchar, e incluso para oler... Una fiesta para los sentidos o tal vez un puro exceso: tu decides. Nuestro grupo dio diferentes opiniones, pero nadie lamento haber vistado el lugar.