Chinatown Bangkok with bustling rhythm, characteristic sound, and flavor which make it become a favorite destination for many tourists. Spending a day to explore the streets of Chinatown and feel a special blend of Thai and Chinese culture. You will realize every little corner as the temples, streets, shops, or many kinds of food with charm and strange attraction. Let’s check it out top 10 best places to visit in Chinatown Bangkok with Living Nomads below.
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1. Wat Traimit
Customers often come to Wat Traimit to admire the world’s largest Buddha statue. Located between the temple, Golden Buddha has the height is 3m and weigh up to 5.5 tons. Locals and visitors believe that this statue symbolizes prosperity, strength, and power.
The location is near the MRT station Hua Lam Phong (Hua Lamphong), you can combine visiting Wat Traimit and the other temples in the MRT or BTS line. You can also choose to visit the Bangkok city and the famous temple to visit Wat Traimit – Wat Pho and Wat Benchamabophit.
Location: Traimit Road (Hua Lamphong MRT station west)
Opening hours: From 9 am to 5 pm
Prices: 10 baht to enter the museum located between the roads to the temple. No admission fee when visiting the Golden Buddha.
2. Sampeng Lane Market
Sampeng Lane is long and narrow path name in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown. This area features with a busy lifestyle, fun and boisterous. With all of the goods, you can think of, from children’s toys, clothing, fabrics, silk scarf, jewelry, cosmetics, dry goods, specialties, spices, souvenirs … And if you’re wondering between Sampeng and other shopping destinations, please note that here has one of the cheapest prices in Bangkok. Especially, when you buy with a big quantity (purchase more 10 items), you will always be charged at wholesale prices.
Another tourist attraction is the culinary street area. There are familiar dishes like mango sticky rice, sontam, but also exotic dishes such as fish cakes, Isaan sausages, spring rolls, … But the best dish you should try is noodle (Chinese is also known for wheat processing anywhere in the world) in the small booth between this bustling laneways.
Location: Chakraphet and Sampeng Lane Road, Chinatown Bangkok
Opening hours: Daily from 9 am to 6 pm
Telephone: (+91) 88288 87538
Getting there: Go the south, parallel with Yaowarat Road.
3. China Gate
The Chinatowns around the world are featured with red gates, roof tiles, nd a carved dragon phoenix. In Bangkok – one of the world’s biggest Chinatowns, the western China gate is most impressive. It was built from 1999; this large gate was a construction to celebrate the 60th birthday of the king. Designed meticulously and elaborately to express the respect of the Chinese collective Thai monarch. China Gate is one of the symbols of the Bangkok Chinatown. This is also the most famous place where to take souvenir photos of all travelers.
Location: 300 Yaowarat Soi 6 Yaowarat Rd, Khwaeng Samphanthawong, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100.
Getting there: Odeon Circle and Yaorawat Rd.
4. Yaowarat Road at night
If the nightlife street of Khao San or Silom, Central World is the main lines make up the night Bangkok, Yaowarat is the place to make up the colors of Chinatown Bangkok. Unlike the mentioned amusement parks, Yaowarat takes you to the journey of discovering many tasty dishes. It could be considered as a dinner party of street food for all the guests.
The most popular dishes in the region is dim sum, fried oyster eggs, water pasta, and many, many kinds of fresh seafood. You should also try the desserts and fresh fruit on this road. The coconut cream or durian cream (the characteristic of Thailand) or a cool bottle of juice would definitely be the perfect ending for dinner.
To get here fastly and most comfortable, you should choose MRT to Hua Lamphong station then walk about 15 minutes to Yaowarat. Or if you want to add a little excitement and speed, a tuk-tuk trip would be a great option for you.
Location: Yaowarat, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Getting there: choose MRT to Hua Lamphong station then walking about 15 minutes to Yaowarat, or take tuk-tuk
5. Grand China Princess
Located on the top floor, the Grand China Princess gives you panoramic Bangkok Chinatown. However, unlike other places that you can only watch a certain area, this particular restaurant can rotate 360 degrees, allowing you to observe the fullest. Some photographers often come here to take pictures of the city, enjoy dinner and drink with the “nuts”. Revealing the most valuable drinks in town has the cost less than 100 baht, such as beer only 75 baht.
About the food, this restaurant serves with multi-style suitable for all travelers, from Thai cuisine, Europe, Japan and of course indispensable, Chinese food. Each rotation of the restaurant lasts for about two hours (just enough for you to enjoy dinner with family, friends). Just enjoy the city landscape in the melodious piano sound and tasty dishes, you certainly will not regret coming to Grand China Princess.
Location: Charoen Krung Road next to Old Siam Plaza
Opening hours: after 5 pm, starting rotation 7:30 pm (5th and 6th)
6. Wat Mangkol Kamalawat
Located in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown, Bangkol Kamalawat Wat temple is one of the largest and most important of the region. This is the center of worship in Chinese Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism – characterized beliefs of China from thousands of centuries. The name of King Rama V the temple was changed in 1872 and means that Long Lien Tu Temple. Temple is very crowded on occasions especially such as Tet and the major ceremonies of the Chinese during the year…
Location: Charoenkrung Road, Chinatown
Opening hours: 09am to 5pm
Telephone: (+66) 2 222 3975
Getting there: From the pier, walking up the road to Charoen Krung Ratchawong, turn right and Kamalawat Wat Bangkok near a house on the left.
7. Romaneenart Park
Located on the eastern edge of Chinatown in Bangkok, the Romaneenart Park is a great place to escape the crowded streets. The atmosphere here is quite clean and peaceful with large lawns, trees, fountains, and the squirrels running everywhere. In the morning, come to this park you can enjoy yourself in the gym exercise of local people, walking, or practicing the traditional fan dance.
One other characteristic of Romaneenart is particular historical of this park. It was built on an old prison. You have the opportunity to explore the ruins as brick walls, watchtowers, some unique architectural details, all are from the region of King Rama V and an old beauty which attracts tourists photographing every day
Location: 649-, 665 Maha Chai Rd, Samran Rat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 9 am to 4 pm (closed on weekends)
8. Thieves Market
It’s not the most welcoming name for a market – perhaps why they changed the official name to Nakon Kasem – but seriously intriguing, Thieves Market doesn’t actually sell stolen goods anymore, instead it is full of second-hand curious like antique cameras, Buddhist amulets, and even old shoes.
Coming to the market in this time, you will see that a market is a place where selling all things on life. Some areas can make you optimistic about the Nhat Tao area – Vietnam by the number and kinds of electronic goods here. From the remote control, board, camera, projector, computer, card reader … If you’re a fan of machinery and components, the market will be a paradise for you to explore.
Besides electronics, this market specializes in selling second-hand furniture and antiques. You have the opportunity to find all kinds of footwear, accessories to the peace statue, ancient amulet, and mascot. However, you should be careful with the quality of the items here, observation – research and careful evaluation is what you should do when shopping here.
Location: west of Chinatown, between Yaowarat Road and Charoen Krung
9. Wat Chakawat Ratchawat (crocodiles)
Chakrawat Wat temple will be normal temples in the city of Bangkok without … crocodiles. The flesh and quite large, people said that they were locked up here because they ate the young monk. The story, however, is not authentic, but they present at the temple for a long time and the location for visiting by thousands of tourists every year. Can be quite strange, but if you went to in Bangkok Chinatown, do not forget to visit the crocodiles are light.
Location: Chakrawat road, south Sampeng Lane (just convenient for you to visit this place on the road and markets Sampeng Lane)
Telephone: (+66) 2 688 9202
10. Chalermkrung Sala (Khon)
Under the aegis of the Royal Thailand, Sala Chalermkrung was built in 1933. Coming to this theater, you will feel like returning to the 80s – the golden periods of the movies theaters in an old style, with red carpet, velvet curtains and old sepia photographs (a “storm” time in the art of photography). Although time has made the surface of buildings faded, but the interior of the theater retains the style of the golden days. This is also a theater – the first cinema which has the sound system and air conditioner throughout Thailand.
Today, the theater becomes the headquarters of Khon dance – type of traditional masked dance of Thailand. Lithe dance moves combined with sumptuous costumes and especially the transformation of traditional masks – is what not only tourists but also the Thai people have to admire. Khon is also one of the hardest forms of artistic dance and ancient land of the Golden Temple, only the royal family and the nobility to be considered. If given the chance, you can come here to see a show and imagine yourself being a genuine aristocrat Thailand.
Location: Charoen Krung Road next to Old Siam Plaza
Opening hours: Thursday and Friday from 19:30
How to go to Bangkok Chinatown?
The easiest and simple to get the Chinatown Bangkok is to go Hua Lam Phong MRT station. From here, you walk a few steps so that conquer one of the largest Chinatown in the world.
With its lack of a Skytrain (BTS) or underground (MRT), the easiest way to reach Chinatown – if you want to avoid the traffic – is by boat (Chao Phraya River Express). Get off at the Ratchawong Pier, and walk up from Ratchawong Road to Sampeng Lane and Yaowarat Road. Ordinary buses 1, 7, 8, 37, 49 and 75 will take also take you here, but it’s much better to travel by boat. The Ratchawong Pier is just a few hundred meters from Yaowarat Road and Sampeng Lane.
Coming to Chinatown – Bangkok, you can explore the ancient temples, bazaars full of goods, and even pleasures. Whether you find the charm of Chinatown in Bangkok in anywhere, livingnomads.com believe, it will always be interesting experiences in the journey to conquer Bangkok, Thailand.
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