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    Exploring Chinatown

    by trisanna Updated Apr 20, 2005

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    Bangkok's chinatown is a little like other chinatown's in other cities. The difference is that it is quite busy and many Chinese Thai residents live here. It's interesting if you have some time to kill. Located in Chinatown is Wat Traimit. A beautiful wat, which is famous for the world's largest golden Buddha image.

    In this area there are lots of gold shops and stores selling tacky souvenirs. Along the street, you will see many women threading eyebrows. They use thread to remove unwanted hair. I have a friend, who does it and she says it's not painful. Lots of chinese restaurants nearby and a great wet market full of wonderful fruit.

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    Chinatown : a planet on its own

    by Innovator Updated Dec 23, 2007

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    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.

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    Chinatown----a busy spot to go

    by easterntrekker Written Sep 24, 2006

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    Bangkok's vibrant Chinatown district runs along Yaowarat Road from Odeon Circle, where a huge ceremonial Chinese gate marks the entrance, up to the Ong Ang Canal, which marks the outer boundaries of the royal district.

    It's a good place to shop for gold . Note there is no haggling with the gold...it's weighed and priced according to weight.
    Nothing opens until afternoon so plan accordingly if you want to shop.

    The easiest way to reach Chinatown is by boat. Get off at the Ratchawong Pier and walk up Ratchawong Road to Sampaeng Lane or Yaowarat Road.

    Many people come to see Wat Traimit .This small temple is home to the world's largest solid gold Buddha image, the five-ton-plus image sits within the temple. It is breathtaking and a must to see.

    There are so many sites to see in Chinatown. Many historic buildings such as the Tang To Gung gold shop on Sampaeng Lane .

    The markets are always crowded and fun ...selling a variety of things.

    Beware of scam artists ...they can pose as police officers giving advice on which places to shop.

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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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    One Night in Chinatown

    by tangster1974 Updated Apr 25, 2006

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    Roadside seafood stall in Chinatown

    Upon arriving at Chinatown, go for a nice Thai massage first to sooth all those tired muscles after a day of shopping and sight-seeing. There is a Thai massage parlour called 369 Thai Massage here that offers good and cheap massage (see my tip on Traditional Thai Massage).

    After the massage, it's time to fill up the stomach. There are many roadside food stalls in the Chinaton area. There are 2 main seafood stalls here (located in the same lane as the massage parlour), one with red uniformed staff and the other with green uniformed staff. My wife and I sat down at the red stall and ordered a snapper, a plate of barbequed prawns, a vegetable dish, a plate of crab meat fried rice, some drinks and the bill came up to only 650 Baht. Other popular food in the area will be the shark fins soup, and the bird nest soup. If you go to the opposite side of the main road, there is a stall that sells charcoal-toasted bread. Ask for a topping of kaya (coconut custard), it is fabulous and only cost 8 Baht.

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    Exercise your senses in Chinatown

    by mightywease Updated Dec 24, 2005

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    If you want to define the word "bustling" take a walk through the streets of Bangkok's Chinatown. On the wider roads dodge the traffic as you step off the pavement to make way for food stalls that line the pavements or the pushcarts of goods being trundled along, on the narrower lanes simply go with the ebb and flow as a sea of people envelops you.

    Indeed walking - or should that really be jostling - down Soi Wanit 1 (Sampeng Lane) it almost seems as if the whole of Chinatown has joined you looking for bargains at the shops which line the narrow street. Edging out of the human, and sometimes motorcycle, traffic to have a look at the variety of goods on offer can be a tricky manoeuvre. As for what you can buy it seemed mainly to be a mixture of knick-knacks, jewellery, cloth, toys, household goods and "Hello Kitty" memorabilia, often sold in bulk. I still regret not getting the ten "Hello Kitty" mobile phone holders!

    Tha Yaowarat, the district's main street, is home to numerous gold shops, the wares spread out on imposing counters behind large glass windows. Chinatown also contains some fantastic food stalls, particularly seafood, the smell of cooking adding another sensory dimension to the experience of visiting. In fact like a lot of Bangkok Chinatown is an assault on the senses that can leave you exhilarated, exhausted but oh so glad you visited!

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    Flower Market

    by DSwede Updated Oct 14, 2009

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    China town flower Market

    Even if you do not plan to buy, a leisurely stroll through Chinatown, market and flower market is worth it. You'll see odd foods hung to dry, vendors cooking on the street, bushels of vegetables and unfathomable amounts of flowers.

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    China Town..Huge shopping area..

    by Treshi Written Aug 8, 2013

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    China Town in Bangkok is easily reached by skytrain and then taxi if you are in the Sukhumvit area. Found the place to be huge with many many shops including gold shops. Full of Chinese restaurants that serves shark's fin which is a Chinese specialty. Gets really hot and humid and crowded during the day. A lot of lovely things to buy in the area.

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    Crazy Chinatown (I)

    by hojasdehierba Written Nov 8, 2006

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    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.

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    Chinatown and the cool stuff

    by herzog63 Updated Sep 18, 2003

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    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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    Most revered wat in Chinatown

    by Tijavi Written Feb 28, 2008

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    Along Chinatown's main thoroughfare Charoen Krung is Wat Mangkon or Dragon Flower Temple - the most reverred temple in Chinatown. It's Bangkok's main temple devoted to Mahayana Buddhism, the branch of Buddhism practiced mainly in the Far East, but a minority in Thailand where Theravada Buddhism is more predominant.

    The temple was built in 1871 and incorporates certain elements of Confucianism and Taoism. As Chinatown's most revered, it is very popular among devotees and always filled with them. Tourists are welcome but are expected to observe the temple's rules including no photography inside. The temple's beautiful exteriors with dragons and colorful symbols more than make up for this. Inside the temple, the scent of incense permeates as well as sounds of murmured prayers.

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    China Town, Bangkok

    by muddybok Written Dec 29, 2004

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    These streets are very well preserved with Chinese values & day-to-day practices. Merchants here may not speak in Chinese, but the products that they carry & lifestyles are very Chinese. **Myself being a Chinese, I can testify that.

    Shops found in these streets are mostly occupied by huge goldsmith stores & other Chinese delicacy outlets that carry products such as shark fins, bird nets, preserved pork & medical herbs.

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    Chinatown

    by SumTingWong Updated Apr 28, 2003

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    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 phil_uk_net Written Mar 8, 2003

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    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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    YAOWARAT; Bangkok's Chinatown

    by ancient_traveler Updated Aug 14, 2009

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    Yaowarat, Bangkok's Chinatown district is one of the oldest areas of Bangkok. 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. Yaowarat Road is also famous for many varieties of delicious foods, and become foods street in the night.

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