"Chinatown" Chinatown Tip by Blatherwick

Chinatown, Bangkok: 84 reviews and 163 photos

  Chinese New Year
by Blatherwick

Chinatown 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. It is an interesting place to just wander around.

The only major tourist attraction here would be Wat Traimit but I never went there because I was effectively "templed out". However, the story goes that a large stucco Buddha that had been in storage as dropped from a crane while being moved. It revealed a solid-gold Buddha under the stucco that was over five tonnes. It was likely wrapped in stucco to hide the statue from the one of the Burmese invasions.

Chinatown has a seedy historical reputation for large numbers of opium dens, brothels, 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 Chinatown's main street, and has a concentration of gold shops. They have pretty good prices. There are also lots of restaurants in this area where you can get birds-nest soup, dim sum, shark fin soup and other traditional Chinese delicacies.

The narrow, crammed Sampeng Lane was previously infamous for the gang fighting and high numbers of murders that took place here. Nowadays, it's a very busy predominately pedestrian street

The Thieves Market, or Nakhon Kasem is slightly north of the western end of Sampeng Lane. Though legitimate today, it was so named because this was where goods stolen from houses inevitably turned up. It's now a good area for looking or buying Thai or Chinese antiques.

Address: 300 Yaowarat Soi 6 Yaowarat Rd, Khwaeng Samphanthawong, Khet Samphanthawong, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10100.
Directions: Go from Ratchawongsi Pier down the road of the same name until the intersection of Yaowarat Road.
Phone: +66 80 525 6626
Website: http://bangkokforvisitors.com/chinatown/index.php

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 8, 2005
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