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!!!
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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)
Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is the most famous Mahayana temples in Chinatown, Bangkok. Photos are not allowed inside.
If you think that stuffs in bangkok are cheap, here you will see things that you can imagine how they can sell that for that price.
While there, try some baked nuts.
Well, exactly how you imagine a Chinatown anywhere else in the world.
Many small shops, narrow streets, vivid, crowded (maybe a bit chaotic), colors, lights and, of course, great food.
Durian is very popular with local people. Some people say about it: 'Smells like hell, tastes like heaven'. The smell is really disgusting, and to my mind, the taste is not better :)
This area near Hualamphong Station is very interesting if you like old asian markets, chinese medicine shops, traditional chinese restaurants and so.
The old market is in Talat Kao.
Many Chinese people live in Bangkok. It is a very special experience to explore the narrow streets of china town, with their many jewellers and pharmacies with Chinese medicin.