Bangkok’s Chinatown

I took my family for a holiday in Bangkok and I took some pictures that would like to share with you all. It’s a worthwhile trip and we enjoy it very much, especially my wife. She says it is a shopping paradise where things are cheap and nice.

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I headed straight to Bangkok’s Chinatown or Yaowarat. Many major cities in the world have a Chinatown. However, Bangkok’s Chinatown perhaps is the largest. It is not only a major tourist attraction, but also a business and commercial center.

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Visitors should not miss out on experiencing the delicious food, the gold shops, the Thai and Chinese temples, and the Thai and Chinese-style massages while touring Bangkok’s Chinatown. Shop signs in both Thai and Chinese give the visitor a clear indication that he’s in Chinatown.

Yaowarat Road is at the center of Bangkok Chinatown. It remains a pretty interesting area to visit. Most people around here speak very little English. The Chinese in Chinatown have been living in Thailand for generations, and generally consider themselves very much as Thais and most can no longer speak any Chinese.

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The busy numerous smaller roads, narrow alleys and backstreets are amazing, and it is so easy to lose your way! The crowd, tut-tuts , food stalls – shops and shops! The street is lined with ubiquitous goldsmith shops, sharksfin and birds nest restaurants, shops and vendors selling Chinese herbal medicine, dried mushrooms, salted fish, roast meat, Chinese calendars, almanacs and of course, lottery tickets.

Watching the monks go about their food gathering and blessings, being looked at as a curiosity while people go about their business – and smiling wearily as I gesture and take their photos.

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We manage to have half day to wander around in Bangkok Chinatown.There were too many places to wander around but just have not enough time. We have to go to our next destination – the visit of Grand Palace temple. The tut-tut driver was waiting.

When I am on the way back and passed by here at night, there are so much food and so many things to buy.

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2 responses to “Bangkok’s Chinatown

  1. Got a little bit confused while reading :S

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