CHINATOWN, BANGKOK [ YAOWARAT ], THAILAND TRAVEL GUIDE | THINGS TO DO, BUDGET, ITINERARIES
Chinatowns are almost everywhere. Thailand, being at a considerable distance away from China, also houses a sizeable community of Chinese people which makes a for a thriving place in business. Chinatown Bangkok [ Yaowarat ], specifically, does not fall short of this expectation.
Yaowarat maybe a kilometer strip of land, but it has some of the elements which a curious tourist would like to see—lively people, burgeoning businesses, and exotic buildings.
Without traffic to pass its narrow roads, Chinatown Bangkok is a region exclusively made for people. When you are not seeing a multitude of people moving in every direction, what you see are a vast assortment of vendors who find a source of living in the neighborhood and people who love shopping.
As for a hub for the trade, Yaowarat has its amazement to showcase. Aside from the many quaint shophouses and shopping arcades which are a sight to behold for those who are new to this narrow strip, there is also other architecture that makes the area equally as exciting. Some other notable landmarks perhaps are the places of worship that are unique to a predominantly Buddhist country.
You may not be a shopaholic to be enticed by the idea of shopping to visit Bangkok’s own Chinatown, but if you are a food lover who likes to try new foods, this place is a haven for Gastronomic adventure. For a community that is lived predominantly by Chinese, you could expect to see a vast motley of unique foods in display in Yaowarat that are also significantly distinct from typical Thai dishes. As when you think that you have already tasted every Thai Dishes, there is in Bangkok, that may not be the case if you have not been to Chinatown.
But, then again, the idea of you possibly overlooking Yaowarat is not too far off either, especially for one Who ventures under broad daylight. While there are still happenings to this Chinese community strip during the day, they do not compare to the liveliness of the place after sunset.
When the darkness of the night is already cloaking the many corners of Bangkok in pitch black, the light that brims within Yaowarat gives life to a different aspect of the place unseen during daylight. Not only are the artificial lights at Their brightest during this time of the day, but there is also an eclectic display of written characters which yells of Chinese—in a good way.
But for a while the shrines and temples of Yaowarat may hold little value to some, mainly tourists, the essence of these structures as a significant piece of the prevailing religion in the land reverberates come festival times. Two of the best times to see these events are during the Chinese New Year and Vegetarian Festival.
If you have to be specific about which temples to check out during these celebrations, almost most of the temples should attract attention. You would have to take your pick and head there. Other than that, the Wat Traimit and the Wat Mangkon Kamalawat holds special mention as good places to visit at any given time.
Chinatown Bangkok Tourist Spots/Things to Do
Yaowarat at Night
Well, Bangkok is well-known for the varied food it offers. Beginning from the most basic one up to the most exotic one! It is just up to you now-on what you would like to have. Just note that whatever it may be, you will surely have fun walking here at night, and making some food trip.
Bangkok Chinatown by Bicycle
If you are more of an adventurous type, then you may opt for touring around the Chinatown through riding a bicycle. Not only you will get to go-around faster, but you can also save a lot of energy. In this bicycle tour, you do not have to worry about getting lost since there would be a tour guide provided.
Grand China Princess Revolving Rooftop Bar
Have a drink while having fun and at the same time, being mesmerized by a fantastic view brought by the revolving bar, how does that sound? Well, all of those are possible if you go up here and buy a drink. Thus, this rooftop is not famous for nothing!
This is something that you should not miss if you are going to visit Bangkok since this is a world record holder. It houses the world’s largest Buddha which is located at the altar part of the temple. Thus, it is no wonder that this temple is being flocked by pilgrims and tourists alike.
The influence of the Chinese cannot be lessened in this country. Thus, the loyalty of these people can be felt when they built this china Gate as a birthday gift to King Bhumibol when he celebrated his 60th birthday. Probably, this may be the reason why there are a lot of Chinatown in this country.
You can proceed to this once city jail and now turned into a park if you would like to enjoy the scene, have fun to do a picnic or whatever sort of outdoor activity that you would want to do. The vast area gives you the opportunity to enjoy the place as well as watch other entertaining activities or performances.
If it is shopping now in a much cheaper way that you are looking for, then you’ve arrived at the best destination. You can find here whatever item you would like to have, starting from clothes, footwear, down to various home decorations.
How about a visit to an ancient theater house built way back in 1933? Well, aside from the old vibes that you will have here, you will also get to watch traditional performances being done in the theater.
Wat Chakawat Ratchawat
How about a glimpse of humongous crocodiles in a temple? Well, this is also something that you may do in the area. There is also a legend about these crocodiles, saying that they ate monks before and as a punishment, they were imprisoned in that area.
Wat Mangkol Kamalawat
This Chinese-Buddhist temple serves a pivotal role during a special celebration of the Chinese as well as Buddhist. Might as well visit this one and be immersed with their tradition and culture if you happen to be in the place.
Chinatown, Bangkok Sample Itinerary
10:30 – Arrive at Yaowarat Chinatown. Take some refreshments and explore the area.
11:00 – Explore the Chinatown market. This is a perfect place to buy the best ingredients, such as spices and herbs for Thai and Chinese cuisines, fish sauce, soy sauce, fish maw, and of course, tons of fresh street food to try.
11:45 – Time for lunch in Chinatown. Don’t forget to spare some room for other street food you may find during the trip.
12:15 – Proceed to another market called Sampeng. The place is right across Chinatown. This busy market only opens during the daytime. You can probably find things that you’ve never imagined you could see here.
13:30- 15:00 – Visit the Golden Buddha
16:00 -17:30 Time to take some good foot massage to relieve those aching legs
18:o0 – A Walk to the food destinations. These destinations include restaurants and stalls in Chinatown, Bangkok.
20:00 – Time for some drinks 😉
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Another great journey! One day I will go to Thailand, I was never interested until I started reading your blog!
Chinese culture is everywhere. I am so happy seeing your post.
Oh, I enjoyed eating street food in Chinatown in Bangkok. I was amazed on how the place turned to be a food plaza.