Bangkok’s Chinatown district is just downriver from Rattanakosin and is centered around Yaowarat Road. It’s a vibrant, colorful area with bustling street markets, gold shops, Chinese restaurants, shrines, temples, old shop houses amid a maze of narrow alleyways. It’s a compact area ideal for exploring on foot. The area has thankfully avoided commercial redevelopment and examples of well-preserved colonial style architecture are abundant.
Busy commercial activity rules the daytime, but eating takes over after dark when Yaowarat road becomes a river of neon Chinese restaurant signs and street-side eateries. Nightlife is limited though there are some good bars in the Soi Nana area. Nearby, to the north is Bangkok’s Little India, Phahurat with its thriving textile market.
Yaowarat has a limited number of hotels which are mainly popular with Asian visitors though there are a growing number of hostels. Hualamphong station mainline and MRT stations are located on the eastern edge of the district, a short walk from Yaowarat road. Taxis and buses are plentiful. Ratchawong pier is a stop for the Chao Phraya Express & Tourist River Boat service.
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