Bangkok Area Guide
(ไชน่าทาวน์), Chinatown is located in the Rattanakosin area of Bangkok and consists mostly of the old town. It is easily recognizable by the Giant Swing which presence marks the area. There are number of buzzing markets, eateries, gold and pawn shops to be discovered by travelers in a labyrinth of small streets. Chinatown has many hotels and open air restaurants as well.
Many old shops, houses and other low rise buildings can be found there. Most of them are taken care of by the descendants of the original owners. The Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) and the Vegetarian Festivals are the two celebrations worthwhile a visit to this part of Bangkok, although it is picturesque the whole year round.
How to get there?The area is best accessed via Yaowarat Rd. or by a river boat taxi during the rush hours. Take the underground train (MRT) to Hua Lamphong station and walk from there. Alternatively take a taxi or bus 40, 529.
AttractionsChinatown Attractions >>>
The Trai Mit temple is famous for its 3-metres high Golden Buddha weighing about five and a half tons.It is believed that the Golden Buddha is more than 700 years old. The Golden Buddha was installed initially in Wat Phrayakrai in the Yannawa area of Bangkok in the reign of the King Rama III. It stayed there until 1931. When the temple had fallen out of use and was abandoned, the Ecclesiastical Commission had relocated the statue to the Wat Trai Mit. How to get there: Subway to Hua Lampong Station and continue walking for 300 metres or Bus routes 4, 7, 21, 25, 501
Opening Hours: Daily from 08.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
2. Wat Ratchaburana
This temple is located at the foot of the Rama I Memorial Bridge on the Bangkok side. It was built in the late Ayutthaya period by a Chinese merchant. Wat Ratchaburana is one of the 3 principal temples of the capital which include Wat Ratchaburana, Wat Ratchapradit and Wat Mahathat. It had been regularly restored since the reign of King Rama I. Some of the temple’s principal buildings, especially Phra Ubosot - the ordination hall which houses mural paintings by Khrua In Khong, were badly damaged during the World War II. The buildings were later restored to their good condition as they appear today. How to get there: The Wat Ratchaburana is located on the Chakkraphet Rd.. Bus routes 13, 82
Opening Hours: Daily from 06.00 am. - 06.00 pm. 3. King's Birthday Celebration Arch
King’s Birthday Celebration Arch is where the party starts during the celebrations of the Chinese New Year. It is a tourist attraction on its own forming a gateway to Chinatown - one of the oldest districts in Bangkok. Nearby attractions include, but are not limited to Wat Traimit the famous for housing the largest Golden Buddha Statue on the planet. King’s Birthday Celebration Arch was built by Chinese-Thais in 1999 to celebrate the 72nd birthday anniversary of the His Majesty the King Bhumibol. How to get there: Take the MRT to the Hua Lampong Station / Taxi Bus routes 53, 204, 508
Sports & ActivitiesChinatown Sport & Activities >>>
"Exploring Thonburi & China Town on bicycle"
Cycle trip is a fascinating glimpse into the Bangkok of old. Popular landmarks: Chinatown, Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), and the Royal Barge Museum, but we also goes off the beaten path and show you some lesser known sites that are not on the tourist map. Start by exploring the bustling Chinatown area (Yoawarat) before crossing the Chao Phraya to the more serene and often less visited temples and sites of Thonburi. This trip ride along quiet back roads of this area stopping at the occasional market as you head to the Princess Mother Memorial Park and museum, although small, this is well kept and well worth a visit. Some lesser known temples, the Chao Praya river and a sampling of a local Thai dessert that has it origins from the Portuguese who settled here, Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) and the Royal Barge Museum are all part of this interesting and varied bike trip.
Duration (approximate): Daily from 08.00 am. - 01.00 pm.
Romaneenart Park features basketball courts, a playground and a simple open-air gym for weight lifters. It was built on the site of the old city jail. One of its walls and some of the old guard towers have been incorporated into the park. A high amount of fountains keep the park cool in the heat of the concrete jungle. It is the only non-ceremonial park in the centre of the city. How to get there: Romaneenart Park is on Siriphong Rd., which runs from Wat Suthat down to Pahurat Market in Bangkok's Little India section, next to Chinatown. You can get to the park by a river taxi going to Memorial Bridge pier. Walk via Chakraphet Rd. from there.
Opening Hours: Daily from 08.30 am - 03.30 pm.
RBSC Polo Club offers more than the name suggests. It comes over 20 sports sections with fully equipped facilities including jogging, badminton, swimming and physical fitness. The RBSC Polo Club is open to all RBSC Polo Club and RBSC members. How to get there: Buses Route 76 nearby BTS train Phoenchit Station and MRT Lumphini
Contact: Tel: 0 2252 6731, 0 2252 6752 to 3, 0 2252 6760 to 1
Opening Hours: Daily from 08.00 am. - 08.00 pm.
Whether Thai food is your favorite one, or cooking is your hobby - there is no better way to learn Thai cooking than taking a Thai Cooking Course in the Land of the Smiles, taught by qualified Thai professional. You can take a Thai Cooking Course in the Prince Palace located in the Bo Bae Tower. How to get there: You can take a Thai Cooking Course in the Prince Palace located in the Bo Bae Tower on Damrongrak Rd.
Contact: Tel: 0 2628 1111
RestaurantChinatown Restaurant >>>
Nai Sow is a cheap restaurant serving delicious Thai food. A lot of Bangkok’s long-term residents believe that the restaurant serves the best spicy shrimp soup (tom yam goong) in the capital. The restaurant is consistently getting good ratings.
How to get there: MRT Subway to Hua Lampbong Station / Taxi
Contact: Tel: 0 2222 1539
Opening Hours: Daily from 10.00 am. – 10.00 pm.
If you like seafood, T&K Seafood is a must. Rough exterior does not look welcoming, however the quality of food and service makes it worthwhile to eat there. Fresh, tasty, simple dishes from the south of China and definitely the best seafood in the area. How to get there: The restaurant is located on the 49-51 Soi Phadung Dao, Yaowarat Rd. (corner Thong Suphan No. 453)
Contact: Tel: 0 2223 4519
Opening Hours: Daily from 04.30 pm. - 02.00 am.
Club Lounge and Revolving Restaurants is a perfect place to enjoy light snacks, refreshing drinks and dinner at the end of the busy day. The restaurant offers live music every day. It is located on the 25th Fl. and offers a panoramic view of the city and the Chao Phraya river. How to get there: The restaurant located on 25th Fl., Grand China Princess Hotel Yaowarat Rd. Sampanthawong
Contact: Tel: 0 2224 9977
Opening Hours: Daily from 11.00 am. - 01.00 pm. and 06.00 pm. - 01.00 am.
Lao Li Shark Fin is a typical Chinese restaurant specializing in goat meat, birds’ nest soup, shellfish, sea cucumber and goose webs. As the name suggests you can try shark fin soup here. Tasty food, good prices.
How to get there: The restaurant is located on the 457-461, Yaowarat Rd.
Contact: Tel: 0 2223 7341
Opening Hours: Daily from 02.00 pm. - 12.00 am.
Spa & MassageChinatown Spa & Massage >>>
Lavender Spa offers every imaginable treatment including, but not limited to Aroma Therapy, Traditional Thai Massage and Foot Reflexology. The prices range from 500 to 1500 THB depending on the selected treatment.
How to get there: The Spa is located on the 9th Fl. of the Grand China Princess Hotel at 215 Yaowarat Rd.
Contact: Tel: 0 2223 6505, 0 2221 7265
ShoppingChinatown Shopping >>>
Crossing the doors to India Emporium teleports you to one of many markets in New Delhi or Mumbai. Little vendors in the middle of the main hallways extend as far as the eye can see. Diverse merchandise and four food & beverage establishments namely Black Canyon Coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts, Oishi Delivery and MK Restaurant can be found on the Ground Fl. Oddly enough there are no Indian restaurants. The 2nd Fl. sells cotton, bed sheets, curtains, rugs and Indian furniture. Hit the 3rd Fl. to buy an Indian wedding dress, traditional Indian shoes, Indian Buddha souvenirs or meet the Indian fortune teller. The 4th Fl. is entirely dedicated to a “Food Paradise” which offers a great mixture of Indian, Thai and International cuisine together with desserts and drinks.
How to get there: Take MRT to Hua Lampong Station. Taxi / Bus routes 7, 21, 31, 40, 529
Opening Hours: Daily from 08.00 am. - 08.00 pm.
There are number of buzzing markets, eateries, gold and pawn shops to be discovered by travelers in a labyrinth of small streets. Chinatown has many hotels and open air restaurants as well. Many old shops, houses and other low rise buildings can be found there. Many small streets and alleys are full of shops and vendors selling all kinds of good. It has been the main trading centre of the Chinese community since they moved to the area.
How to get there: Taxi / Bus routes 4, 25, 29, 34, 53, 501 2. Pahurat Textile Market
ahurat Textile Market is an indoor market located near India Emporium shopping mall. Inside you find hundreds of shops selling fabrics in every color, shape and pattern. To find you need to walk through other stores.
How to get there: Taxi / Bus routes 21, 37
Opening Hours: Daily from 09.00 am. - 06.00 pm. 3. Saphan Phut Night Market
Other name of this market is Memorial Bridge Market due to its location. The trading starts just after sunset when the streets are closed to traffic. To get a break from the shopping you can enjoy a meal from one of the noodle stalls. It’s the place, where the teenager with a limited budget buy their clothes.
How to get there: Taxi / Bus routes 8, 3, 37, 53
Opening Hours: Daily from 07.00 pm. - 01.00 am.