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Chinatown - Bangkok

Chinatown / Yaowarat
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Address: Yaowarat, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Phone Number: 6594553677
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This is the oldest district in Bangkok since Chinese merchants moved to...

This is the oldest district in Bangkok since Chinese merchants moved to this area in the early 1780s when the city was founded.

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Bustling, busy, traffic - fun

An interesting part of Bangkok. almost feel you are in China! Eateries, shopping, neon signs lining the buildings, lots of people around, if you like a taste of different... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

An interesting part of Bangkok. almost feel you are in China! Eateries, shopping, neon signs lining the buildings, lots of people around, if you like a taste of different culture, worth a visit.,

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

gold gold gold this is the place to buy gold , prices r fixed somewhat controlled but it is thai gold meaning 21 to 24 kt meaning soft gold. it will bend and the shape changes so be careful but if u like the color then this is the place. two or three really long established gold merchants n the... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great way to see it is to walk. There are some really nice woodwork shops we bought pretty souvenirs after some bargaining :-) from the Chinese lady. There are vendors selling fresh cut fruits in portable baggies with wooden skewers to fork the fruit with. Buy a bag n munch as you wander the streets, do some shopping n see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Try to go here in a day when you are not tired and sick of Bangkok's air and agitation. This is a place where you will see many locals and it is always crowded, lots of people going on and about, a lot of stuff on sale, in some places you can only walk in single file. But it is... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

we always went there at night, its busy and dirty (its just bkk) but it has nice markets and some really good Food! just try out the many sois and youll find lots of cool foodstands

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

After reading reviews and researching about Bangkok street food we headed out on our 2nd night to try it out. Its spread along the main road, branching into the alleyways. Similar food to what you can get around other areas, so nothing wow. More options in asiatic riverfront. Maybe be I was expecting more. But then again I have been... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Every time we're in Bangkok, we visit Chinatown a few times. Very crowded, very chaotic, sometimes smelly but many sights an average Westerner will never see. Food products, food stands, herbs, (high end) tea, medicines, beads, toys, household stuff, clothes, bags, plastic stuff, souvenirs, ... You name it, they have it. Watch your pockets though, we have been pick pocketed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the seafoods at China town and to get a seat, you have to queue for a long queue. The seafoods are cheap, fresh and tasty. Eating at the street side and looking around ppl moving is a great feeling there.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming from NYC we have our own Chinatown. However what make Bangkok's Chinatown most interesting are the backstreets and alleys that are narrow enough to only walk through. However, you will share this scare space with bicycles, motorcycles, and food carts which make traversing through the neighborhood a real experience. Take time to walk the food and vegetable stands. Skip... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The traffic fumes are horrendous and I ended up with Bronchitis. The city is certainly worth a visit as are some of the major attractions. Do try to pick a hotel that is within the city as ours was a fair way out which meant a lot of travelling back and forth. The Grand Palace is just spectacular!

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Better known as 'Yaowarat' among locals, Chinatown is Bangkok's bustling district that never sleeps. During the day, the main street and its small alleyways are filled with a vibrant mix of colours, scents and flavours coming from the roadside restaurants and all-day markets. The real action, however, happens after sunset. Surrounded by neon lights, Thais and tourists alike flock here around dinnertime to feast on some of the best street food in town. Escape the chaos by venturing a little further from the main road and discover hidden shrines, friendly locals and daily life in its purest form.
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