About Bangkok's Vibrant Chinese DistrictAlready at the entrance to China Town, the Chinese District of Bangkok, from the direction of the train station Hua Lamphong, you will see the Chinese gates beautifully decorated at the entrance. This is one of the more special "China Towns" around the world.
On the main street Yaowarat you can see barbershops, and stores for gold and jewelry, reminders of Chinese temples, various Chinese specialty pharmacies and traditional drug stores. There are also shops for spices, sweets and exotic delicacies, not necessarily appetizing for Westerners, such as bird nests and dried shark fins.
To China Town in Bangkok you don't necessary need to come for the shopping, but also to enjoy the look and feel. Not any less exciting than the beauty of the district, but the great people watching that can be done here. Most of the residents of the districts are descendants of Chinese immigrants who came to Bangkok during the rule of King Rama I.
Many visitors come here for the lively and vibrant shopping centers in the district. In a few colorful streets, crowded and full of people, there are hundreds of stalls selling anything that can be imagined. Clothes, textiles, souvenirs, ancient items and clocks, and flowers, endless food products and knock-offs at low prices - this is one of the main shopping areas in town.
For its cheap prices, compared to other areas in the city, and thanks to the picturesque district, there is no better place to enjoy shopping than here.
At the center and at the main area of the district is an incredible food area filled with people, a variety of restaurants and stalls here offer sweets and desserts. From baked banana over coals and traditional Chinese food, Thai food, as well as exotic Chinese flavors.
TipsChinese New Year's is celebrated here in February. For the parades and ceremonies, parts of the streets are closed off to transportation and the mood here is excellent.
At the Vegetarian Festival held here each October, stalls offer a variety of vegetarian traditional Chinese and Thai dishes. Many of those who keep Kosher tend to eat here during this festival, because usually many of the dishes contain meats.
Many of the celebrations are concentrated in the area near the Wat Mangkon Kamalawat Temple.
China Town is between Yaowarat and Ratchaongsi streets in Bangkok.
In the district is the Sampeng Lane Market that crosses the street and where walking around is recommended.