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This Byzantine labyrinth of shops, stalls and alleys is where the movers and shakers of Thailand's economy got started. It ... More
This Byzantine labyrinth of shops, stalls and alleys is where the movers and shakers of Thailand's economy got started. It has been the main trading center for the Chinese in Thailand since they moved from their old site near the Grand Palace some 200 years ago. Everything from household and electronic goods to Chinese medicine and antique vases are available. It is also a good place to go for deals on gold and obviously Chinese food. Some stores and restaurants are open 24 hours.
Bangkok's Chinatown is a hectic heady old business area around Yaowarat Rd and Charoen Krung Rd.There are also many little streets and alley ways here where you can wonder aimlessly through a maze of shops and stalls selling everything you can imagine.
From Ratchawong Pier walk up Ratchawong Rd where you will see some really old colonial style shophouses takes you pass Sampeng market .This is a shoppers paradise with lots of cheap goods in bulk especially for the girls.Along Yawarat Rd you wil find many reataurants selling Shark Fin and Bird nest soups ,not so cheap if your on a budget.However there are also many cheaper little noodle shops as well. Further on there are gold shops;I lost count of the number of them here,one in paticular was packed .Cheaper than the others I think? The Chinese drugstore are good too if you know what your after.
If you walk to the top end of Yawarat Rd make sure you checked out the the classic Chinese temple on the right then on to the Chinatown Gate .Further on is Wat Tramit Golden Buddha.
Been to Yaowarat many time, lots of chinese restaurant and road side cart selling sharkfin, birdnest etc. Night time is very crowded with people. Small claypot of sharkfin for only 300baht. Also lots other chinese dishes in very reasonable price.
Day time also have chinese medical hall and goldsmith shop.Avoid going or leaving after 4pm(aproximate) heavy traffic jam.
To me it worth going there if you like cheap and nice chinese food.
It's fun to explore the many back alleyways and storefronts of this bustling (almost too bustling) part of Bangkok. I was amazed at the selection of goods that were available for purchase. Overall, the shop keepers were a lot friendlier and less pushy than thier counterparts at Chatuchak or Sukhumvit markets. I was really surprised at how many shops were in the business of selling coffins and rooftop shrines. Good photo opportunities are at every turn.
The cuisine to be found here is exotic at best, and unpalatable at worst. We managed to get a good chinese meal for about $3 a person. Stick with cooked food, unless you want a buggy surprise.
Though it's a vibrant area during the daytime, Chinatown tends to be a bit seedy at night. Avoid staying in the area hotels unless you enjoy extreme travel. You're better off staying in hotels around the World Trade Center (near MBK) or along the higher soi's of Sukhumvit. Of course, some of the best hotels are along the Chao Praya River, but the stink of that waterway would probably make me avoid the likes of the Changri La Hotel, despite its insanely good reputation.
One other thing about Chinatown: The traffic is absolutely the worst there. Taking a tuk-tuk is probably the best way of getting in or out of there.
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