It’s common knowledge that Chinatown in Bangkok is a great place to go shopping and eat delicious street food. Even though the busy neighbourhood is chaotic during the day, which can be frustrating for tourists, things calm down a bit once the night falls.
You can visit the most prominent gold Buddha statue in Thailand at Wat Traimit, a short walk from the Hua Lamphong MRT station. The Chinatown Gate is an excellent place to begin your exploration of Yaowarat (Chinatown). After that, you’ll find yourself lost in a confusing shopping district that’s buzzing with activity and has a wide variety of stores to peruse.
After the shops close, Yaowarat comes alive as street vendors set up their stalls and invite you to explore the world of street food. The sweet noodle soup Yen-Ta-Fo, the seafood barbeque, the J Muay noodles, the Nai-Ek roll noodles, and the Nai-Ek noodles are just a few of the famous dishes you must try. After your meal, finish up in Chinatown with a sweet treat.
In between bites, take in some of Chinatown’s cultural landmarks like the Guan-Yin Goddess at the Thian Fah Foundation and the Guan-U Shrine in the Old Market.
The Pak Khlong Talad flower market is located to the south. There are still plenty of vibrant flower shops and stalls in the City, even though the largest flower market has relocated.
The Monument to King Rama I, the founder of Bangkok, sits on the throne at the foot of the Memorial Bridge. Enjoy some downtime in the park while taking in the city’s illuminated nightscape. It’s possible you’ll enjoy the vibe at night even more than during the day.