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    Chinatown

    by Rodan44 Written Dec 2, 2004
    Buying Souvenirs in Chinatown, Bangkok

    Bangkok has quite a large and vibrant Chinatown. As with all major Southeast Asian cities, the Chinese immigrated in large numbers to engage in commerce and have prospered here. Here you will find the crowded streets lined with small Chinese-owned shops selling everything imaginable. Some touristy souvenir shops, but mostly shops that cater to the local community with everyday goods and services. You will also find several colorful Chinese temples in the area. As you would expect, there are also many good authentic Chinese restaurants here.

    Also located in the Chinatown area is Wat Traimit, which houses the famed Gold Buddha.

    To be honest, living in Singapore means that I am exposed to Chinese culture on a daily basis, so Bangkok's Chinatown wasn't particularly interesting to me or my wife. But my wife's father and step-mother from America thought it was great, so I guess it depends on where you come from.

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    by SamuiDean Written Oct 6, 2004

    China Town in Bangkok is a great place to visit. You get to experience local Chinese life and take the opportunity to experience the many shops and market stalls selling Chinese goods. There are many restaurants where you can enjoy traditional Chinese food.

    I found a lot of items on the menus was seafood, so if you don't like this type of stuff then you may want to eat elsewhere.

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    Chinatown

    by pmarshuk Updated Jul 21, 2004

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    On our way to Wat Traimit from the water taxi stop we went wandering through the narrow alleys and markets of Chinatown. To see a real taste of Bankok I would now recommend this experience to anybody. The alleys are packed with stalls and people, and you will see fewer tourists round here (at least not many fereng).
    If you want to do any shopping for gold while in Bangkok then the shops here may be your best bet.

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    Take a stroll through Chinatown...

    by jrs1234 Updated Apr 21, 2004

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    Sampeng Lane, Chinatown

    Walking in Bangkok during the day is normally only for the very enthusiastic and requires dodging in and out of air-conditioned establishments, but this stroll through Chinatown is something most people should be able to cope with. It's in the shade almost all the way along, but it is quite crowded, so keep your valuables close!

    Sampeng Lane runs right through Chinatown and is a narrow little lane crowded with shopfronts and stalls. Most people are on foot, although you will encounter the odd motorbike slowly working its way along. Unless you're keen on fabrics you might not buy anything here, but it is a very atmospheric place and quite different to the rest of inner-city Bangkok. Once you've finished strolling, you could take a tuk-tuk to the next place, you'll probably need a sit-down!

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    Pay a visit to Chinatown

    by AMOQUE Updated Feb 19, 2004

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    Me in Chinatown

    I went to Chinatown on my last day in bangkok. It's worthwhile to pay a visit to worlds largest Chinatown. As soon as you arrive there, you'll notice that the whole atmosphere is different from the rest of Bangkok.

    Lots of marketstands with food, clothing, silk, electronica, diamonds stores, jewellery. It's the whole scenery. You just have to see, smell and taste it to know what I mean.

    I think I will also put Chinatown at my shopping tips, but even if you buy nothing it is worth to go there.

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    stuff in the bowl

    by Blosha Written Dec 5, 2003

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    Bangkok Chinatown

    Walking in the BKK street is very interesting.. We saw huge crabs, placed on top of each other and tied, dried flat squid of different sizes, elephants in the street. And - this strange substance... I'ts been 3 years since I visited Thailand and I still regret about not asking what kind of 'soup' was that.

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    Chinatown: lively Bangkok!

    by Mahieu Written Nov 28, 2003

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    I stayed in the Chinatown area and would do this again on my next visit. To me, it's the most liveliest part of Bangkok: during day, but especially during the evening, lots of street vendors are cooking the most delicious meals right on the street. At first I was a bit scared about the hygiene, but I tried the food several times and never got sick!
    This may not be the area with the most beautiful monuments, but you can't leave Bangkok before you visited Chinatown!

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    Chinatown and the cool stuff

    by herzog63 Updated Sep 18, 2003

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    My son in Chinatown

    I love wandering around Chinatown. There are so many things to be seen that I don't have any idea what they are for or even what they are but I just love looking at the stuff. Of course everything is written in Chinese with some places also including Thai script but you won't see much English. Some of the shop keepers do speak a little English. It is a great place to get a bowl of Kuay Teow!!!

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    CHINA TOWN

    by travelagent4thailand Written Sep 13, 2003

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    YAO WARAT road....CHINA TOWN

    The Chinese have found themselves in almost every corners of the world...from Toronto to San Francisco to Sydney to Bangkok.

    Bangkok's CHINA TOWN's is by far one of the most interesting places to visit in Bangkok as a travel point or CHINA TOWNs in general.

    BKK's china town is almost 24 hours of non stop action. From the crack of dawn, gold and pawn shops, watch dealers, and little coffe houses set up for their days work.

    As the evening falls into the night shift to the wee hours of the morning, CHINA TOWN here in BKK becomes one of the largest street side food hawkers' square. From the finest Chinese cuisines, thai deserts rivaling the chinese black bean gluttonous ginger treats, to fresh live seafoods and bird' nest....simply more for your palate than your stomach can hold.

    Myriads of little shops open late nights selling remedies to better health such as turtle shell's medi mixes to cd stalls selling the finest collection of Chinese DVD, CD...

    It's a must see place, don't miss out!

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    Chinatown

    by SumTingWong Updated Apr 28, 2003

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    Chao Phraya River scene

    Bangkok Chinatown is one of the largest and most amazing chinatowns outside China! Here there are some great resaturants!! There is also a unique culture formed around chinatown, a mix between Thai and Chinese, quite interesting. Don't forget to bring a camera!

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    Chinatown

    by gusgom Written Mar 22, 2003

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    One morning I walked from the river whithout seeing anyone, all shops closed, no people, no cars...and suddendly I turned dow one corner and I faced hudreds of people selling, walking, talking.....Chinatown

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    Chinatown

    by phil_uk_net Written Mar 8, 2003

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    Chinatown

    This whole area just buzzes with frenetic activity. The streets are full of people engaged in their daily business activities. Street vendors sell everything from horse-chestnuts to broken watches and bric-a-brac. In some of the narrow lanes within markets it is difficult to make any progress walking as there are so many people. Be careful of Chinese shopkeepers pushing large carts and trolleys as they will crash into you if you don't get out of the way.

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    CHINATOWN

    by Adeline_Foo Updated Nov 10, 2002

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    Chinatown of Bangkok was former meant the area called 'Sampeng', started when the Chinese merchants moved in 1780s after vacating the land where the Grand Palace now stands.

    In 1863, King Mongkut commanded the construction of New Road (or Charoen Krung Road) which runs over six kilometers from the Royal Palace till it drops straight into the Chao Phraya River, just south of Krung Thep Bridge now.

    The Chinatown expanded along Charoen Krung, Krung Kasem and the third road, the Yaowarat Road which was built between Charoen Krung and Sampeng.
    You must definately go to have dinner in Chinatown! Things there are pretty cheap and reasonable priced. Big portion too!

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    Stroll through Chinatown and...

    by LittleWonder Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Stroll through Chinatown and shop for silk and other fabrics in Pahurat, the indian district.
    Chinatown is what chinatown should be: chinese markets, restaurants and gold shops.

    In a corner of Chinatown you can find Pahurat. This is a wonderful place to shop for thai-silk and other fabrics.

    The first time i visited me and my friend (which have good knowledge about qualities) bought more than 60 m. of fabrics while visiting Bangkok! Most of it I haven't gotten around to use of course, but whenever I need a neew evening gown or silk pillows I sure have a lot of colors to choos from ;o)

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    Wat Mangkon Kamalawat

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 25, 2009

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    Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is the most famous Mahayana temples in Chinatown, Bangkok. Photos are not allowed inside.

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