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Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)
Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Thanon Yaowarat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok

The Basics

Bangkok Chinatown envelops the streets and alleys branching off Yaowarat Road, its main thoroughfare. Since the area transforms into a food street after dark, many visitors choose to explore it on a walking food tour. Those more interested in the history and heritage of Bangkok’s Chinese immigrants can opt for a daytime biking tour or walking tour to visit the area’s Buddhist temples and neighborhood markets.

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Small-Group: Unseen Bangkok's Chinatown Walking Tour
Small-Group: Unseen Bangkok's Chinatown Walking Tour
$24.59 per adult
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Our guide was full of info about the...
Our guide was full of info about the history of Chinatown and took us to places we would never have found on our own We shared a local meal with her and found she was extremely polite I highly recommend her walk around the area
warren m, May 2016

Recent reviews from experiences in Bangkok

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Great Food, Good time
Road44303314277, Oct 2019
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
Thank you to Ohm who lead my friend and I through Chinatown streets large and small in search of the best food, with a little history thrown in. It was very fun. Highly recommend.
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Great Food!
Fearless02290832442, Mar 2019
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
Fantastic food with a great tour guide. With so many dishes and samples, we were absolutely stuffed. Highly recommend it!
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Best part of my Bangkok trip. I'm a...
Jennifer W, Feb 2018
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
Best part of my Bangkok trip. I'm a vegetarian and booked it but they called and said they couldn't accommodate and too late to cancel so I went anyway. Guide (Pax?) Was fabulous and accommodated very well...being a veggie was no problem. Great lights and sites in Chinatown!
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Very interesting tour. I was the...
Margaret D, Feb 2016
Small-Group: Unseen Bangkok's Chinatown Walking Tour
Very interesting tour. I was the only one on the tour and had two tour guides. I got to see parts of Chinatown that I wouldn't have seen otherwise.
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Had an amazing day with my guide Pat...
aljeavons, Jul 2018
Small-Group: Unseen Bangkok's Chinatown Walking Tour
Had an amazing day with my guide Pat. We met as agreed at the BTS station near Sathorn pier and travelled by ferry to China Town. We visited temples, markets, her old school and found a shrine at the top of a police station! Tried Thai coffee and ate fried oysters at a Michelin recommended street food shop. Travelled down through the Chinese food market, down alleys and across busy streets, finally chilling and drinking coffee overlooking the River. I came away with a deeper insight to the Chinese in Bangkok, their history and culture and strength of their community. I would definitely recommend this tour.
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An excellent way to see Bangkok's...
Colin C, Jun 2017
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
An excellent way to see Bangkok's wonderful Chinatown. The experience, the sights, the smells and the food made it well worthwhile but for me, the icing on the cake was our guide. Bella went over and above the call of duty for us. She could not possibly have done any more. Thank you and well done Bella.
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I enjoyed Bella's tour-history...
Hannah G, Dec 2017
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
I enjoyed Bella's tour-history, photos, movies,food, i had a great time talking with her. We had pork, dim sum, omelet, duck, and desserts. It was a great time and there's so much to see. If you have more time walk around.
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An excellent way to go through the...
Eduardo C, Aug 2018
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
An excellent way to go through the maze of Chinatown's restaurants and eating joints. Our guide, Bella, knows a thing or two about the history of the different spots we went to. Some of them were restaurants several generations old while another was a stand with a Michelin recommendation from 2018. The dishes ranged from very good to excellent with a touch of SE Asia, some very spicy.
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This tour was fun. Bella provided a...
Katerina K, Oct 2017
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
This tour was fun. Bella provided a good mix of history and culture as well as filling us up with food. We got to explore Chinatown in a way that we would not have been able to do on our own. The food we had was delicious from start to finish. Special mention for the pork pepper noodle soup and the pork neck and chili salad. Yum!
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The tour was so much fun. Lots of...
Beth V, Feb 2017
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
The tour was so much fun. Lots of things to try. You really do see lots of interesting places that you wouldn't go on your own. The food was strange be delicious. Loved it so much. Thank you to our amazing tour guide!
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This was the best part of our trip...
Todd P, May 2017
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
This was the best part of our trip so far. The guide Name was Jung and she had a great personality and did a great job making sure everyone was well taken care of. Food was great. We would of never found these places. Highly recommend.
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The food was great and our guide...
Stephanie P, Sep 2016
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
The food was great and our guide provided us with some interesting information about Bangkok's Chinatown and the different delicacies. My highlight were the pepper soup and the fried oysters omelette.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bangkok Chinatown is a must-see for foodies and first-time visitors.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to walk; there’s a lot to see in this busy neighborhood.

  • Most Chinatown tours include a bit of shopping, eating, and temple visits.

  • Walking and biking tours that include Chinatown typically last three to five hours.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to reach Chinatown is by boat; alight at Ratchawong Pier and walk up Ratchawong Road until you get to Sampeng Lane or Yaowarat Road. You can also disembark at Harbor Department Pier or Memorial Bridge Pier. Alternatively, take the subway to Hua Lamphong Station on the eastern bank of the Phadung Krung Kasem Canal.

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When to Get There

To get the most comprehensive Chinatown experience, plan to visit by day and after dark. Plan to arrive hungry at night, when the street-food stalls are in full swing. The neighborhood is at its most vibrant during major Chinese festivals, especially Chinese New Year (January or February).

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Must-Try Foods in Chinatown

Food is one of the major reasons for a visit to Chinatown. Seafood restaurants here serve some of the freshest crabs and prawns in the city, while street-food vendors cook up grilled squid, Thai toast,kway chap (a peppery noodle soup), pad thai, and bird’s nest soup.

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