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  • Address: Thanon Yaowarat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Admission: Free

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Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Offering a heady mix of food, shopping and ancient temples, there’s never a dull moment in Bangkok’s Chinatown, also known as Yaowarat. Exploring the bustling sois (side-streets) branching off from the main thoroughfare of Yaowarat Road, the oldest district in the city, is a must-do on any trip to the Thai capital.

Travelers can head to the parallel Yaowarat Road and Sampeng Lane for shopping, as there are plenty of deals to be had if you’re willing to engage in some friendly haggling. Chinatown also has more gold shops per square miles than anywhere else in the capital, and Wat Traimit, situated near Hua Lampong Station, attracts visitors as the home of the world’s largest solid-gold seated Buddha, which weighs more than five tons. Elsewhere, a colorful flower market sits on the district’s northern fringes and Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, set along a small passageway leading off Charoen Krung Road, is Bangkok’s most important Chinese-Buddhist temple.

When the sun goes down, Chinatown is filled with locals and travelers in search of their favorite dim sum, noodle and seafood dishes, with plenty of restaurants and street stalls to choose from. Due to the sheer number of options, foodies often opt to visit as part of a food tour in order to reap the rewards of traveling with a local guide. Biking and walking tours are other popular ways to explore Bangkok’s Chinatown, as mos options include shopping, eating and visits to the area’s most important temples.

Insider's Tip: Chinatown is at its most vibrant during major festivals such as Chinese New Year.

Practical Info

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 Lampong Station on the eastern bank of the Phadung Krung Kasem Canal.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 130 Reviews

Ride a tuk-tuk past Bangkok’s iconic sites as you tour the city at night. This 4-hour tour loops along the Chao Phraya River, stopping at several temples and ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.92
Bangkok Chinatown and Night Markets Small-Group Tour including Dinner, Bangkok, Night Tours
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Bangkok Chinatown and Night Markets Small-Group Tour including Dinner

4 star rating: Recommended 31 Reviews

Discover the old and new Bangkok, stop for a coffee at a 100 year-old cafe and enjoy food from the market street stalls on this Chinatown and Night Market ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.03
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour, Bangkok, Full-day Tours
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Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover the best bites in Bangkok’s Chinatown on a walking tour that visits seven different eateries, led by a knowledgeable guide. Go behind the scenes ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.08
6-Hour Siam Ratree Night Bike Tour of Bangkok, Bangkok, Food Tours
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6-Hour Siam Ratree Night Bike Tour of Bangkok

Experience the mystical beauty of Bangkok, at night and by bicycle. Stop along the way sampling some of the best street food in the world with this 6 hour, ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.37
Small-Group Chinatown Walking Tour Including Sampeng Market, Bangkok, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Small-Group Chinatown Walking Tour Including Sampeng Market

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Visit lesser-known spots in Bangkok’s Chinatown on a 3.5-hour walking tour that takes you into the chaotic jumble of shops, temples, shrines and food vendors ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.12
Chinatown Bike Tour in Bangkok, Bangkok, Walking Tours
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Chinatown Bike Tour in Bangkok

Ride a bicycle through Bangkok’s Chinatown on flat terrain, stopping at several city highlights along the way. Follow your friendly local guide across the Chao ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.75
Talat Noi Chinatown Walking Tour, Bangkok, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Talat Noi Chinatown Walking Tour

Go off the beaten track to explore Talat Noi, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Bangkok's Chinatown, on a 2.5-hour walking tour with a knowledgeable guide. ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $25.23
Bangkok Chinatown Cycle Tour, Bangkok, Walking Tours
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Bangkok Chinatown Cycle Tour

Explore bustling Chinatown area before crossing the Chao Phraya to see more serene and often less visited temples and sites of Thonburi. Ride along the quiet ...  Read more

Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $39.00

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