Within the Thai capital, you will find a quite different locale where Chinese culture abounds along with age-old temples, colourful markets and exotic cuisine; welcome to Chinatown in Bangkok!
One of the oldest parts of the city, Chinatown encompasses a sizeable area in and around Yaowarat Road. Within easy reach for those staying at a hotel in Asoke, this area can be reached via the Chao Phraya River Express to Ratchawong Pier. Alternatively, you can take the MRT to the Hualamphong Station and proceed via a tuk-tuk or cab from there.
Those approaching the western entrance will come across the impressive sight of a ceremonial China Gate, which will mark the beginning of your adventures. Wat Traimit, within 20 minutes from Avani Atrium Bangkok is a popular attraction since it’s home to the world’s largest gold Buddha. Other noteworthy sites include Wat Mangkol Kamalawat and Wat Chakawat Ratchawat home to live crocodiles!
Chinatown is an ideal place to shop and soak up some local culture. Sampang Lane can get chaotic, but it’s a great spot to buy all manner of items as is the shopping arcade known as Old Siam Plaza and the Saphan Lek Market. Also worth visiting is Talat Kao where plenty of food and snacks are on sale.
At night, Chinatown areas like Yaowarat Road become a hotspot for foodies across the capital; you will find lots of street-side stalls and eateries offering dishes like Bird’s Nest, dim sum, wonton noodles, pad Thai and a range of seafood too.
Filled with wanderlust that seeks to explore distant shores and captivated by the colors and vibrancy of exotic cultures, Kanya Mae writes on the beautiful, exciting, and enchanting wonders of the world. She is a writer who not only has a passion for travel, but also has a background in fashion, art and media. Google+