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  • Address: Thanon Yaowarat, Samphanthawong
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

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Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Chinatown - or Yaowarat - is a vibrant area, packed with shops, markets, restaurants and hotels, mostly concentrated along Thanon Yaowarat (Yaowarat Street).

Markedly different from the rest of Bangkok, Chinatown is relatively untouched by modern development and has the highest concentration of gold shops in the city.  There is also a smaller network of roads and alleys, which reveal markets crammed with anything from hair slides to cutlery.

Having been settled in the area since the 1700s, Bangkok's large Chinese community has a unique and fascinating history. You can now get a sense of that at the relatively new Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Centre in Wat Trai Mit Witthayaram. The center details the evolution of Chinatown and its people, from their earliest migration from China to the present day.

Practical Info

To get to Chinatown, take the underground to the Hua Lam Phong station on the eastern bank of the Phadung Krung Kasem Canal.

Tours & Tickets

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Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 76 Reviews

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours

From USD $53.71

Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

From USD $39.19
From USD $62.39

Small-Group Chinatown Walking Tour Including Sampeng Market

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

From USD $37.28

6-Hour Siam Ratree Night Bike Tour of Bangkok

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 6 hours

From USD $58.06

Chinatown Bike Tour in Bangkok

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours

From USD $41.80

Talat Noi Chinatown Walking Tour

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

From USD $24.68

Bangkok Chinatown Cycle Tour

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

From USD $70.75

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