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"Exercise your senses in Chinatown" Chinatown Tip by mightywease

Chinatown, Bangkok: 82 reviews and 161 photos

  Seafood Stall in Chinatown
by mightywease

If you want to define the word "bustling" take a walk through the streets of Bangkok's Chinatown. On the wider roads dodge the traffic as you step off the pavement to make way for food stalls that line the pavements or the pushcarts of goods being trundled along, on the narrower lanes simply go with the ebb and flow as a sea of people envelops you.

Indeed walking - or should that really be jostling - down Soi Wanit 1 (Sampeng Lane) it almost seems as if the whole of Chinatown has joined you looking for bargains at the shops which line the narrow street. Edging out of the human, and sometimes motorcycle, traffic to have a look at the variety of goods on offer can be a tricky manoeuvre. As for what you can buy it seemed mainly to be a mixture of knick-knacks, jewellery, cloth, toys, household goods and "Hello Kitty" memorabilia, often sold in bulk. I still regret not getting the ten "Hello Kitty" mobile phone holders!

Tha Yaowarat, the district's main street, is home to numerous gold shops, the wares spread out on imposing counters behind large glass windows. Chinatown also contains some fantastic food stalls, particularly seafood, the smell of cooking adding another sensory dimension to the experience of visiting. In fact like a lot of Bangkok Chinatown is an assault on the senses that can leave you exhilarated, exhausted but oh so glad you visited!

Address: Ratchawongsi Pier, Chao Phraya River Tour, Bangkok
Directions: To view typical China Town scences straight ahead to Ratchawongsi Road until the intersection of Yaowarat Road.
Phone: +66 80 525 6626

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 24, 2005
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