Chinatown Bangkok – Thailand
if you are visiting Bangkok, Thailand, then Chinatown should be on your list as well. The real name of the street is actually Yaowarat Road in Samphanthawong District as one of the most ancient place in Bangkok. It is a vibrant place with a touch of authentic chinese culture that has never changed. This place is very active for almost 24 hours with all of the people doing different kinds of activities. Especially with the sellers trying to keep up with so many tourists and costumers coming to visit the place. The road is also crowded with continous flow of different kinds of cars, motorbikes and even buses. You might also see extraordinary cars which has an open side around the street.
In order to get to chinatown, there are several ways which you can choose. First it taking a boad along the Chao Phraya River directly to the Chinatown, take the cabs from your place, or experiencing Thai’s Mass Rapid Transit to Wat Mangkon. The benefits of riding MRT is that the signs are translated to English and they have automatic ticketing system which is very easy to use and cheap.Prepare your walking shoes as well, because you don’t wanna miss all of the opportunities to wander around and discover hidden things you will never be able to see in other places.
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If you are going to wander around the street, prepare for some cash because Chinatown Bangkok is the heaven for different kinds of foods and street vendors. Don’t be shocked of how many kinds of foods you will see, because you are going to just find literally anything that is edible. From a very cheap snacks to some of the best gourmet restaurant. Most of the unique street vendors open at a night time which is also a recommended time to explore, but you can also enjoy the vintage coffee shops in the daylight. You can get cheap souvenirs and chinese specialties such as chinese herbs, gold, even the strangest such as birds’ nests and shark fin.This is also the perfect place for the fashionista because you are going to be able to buy a lot of clothes for a reasonable price.
One of the most famous spot to visit in href=”http://lifeidealism.com”>Chinatown Bangkok is this China gate located in the western entrance. It was built in 1999 and was given the name of the King’s Birhtday Celebration Arch, to celebrate the 60th year of the king’s throne. If you are lucky enough, you might be able to experience the festivals held in Chinatown. In the certain periods, the locals would prepare for hours to perform in the nearest temple or shrines. They are mostly popular for the locals, but it is absolutely worth it to try to get the insight of the local culture. Other than that, Sampeng Lane or Soi Wanit 1, is definetely worth to visit as well because it is one the most famous passageway of Chinatown, very popular for a cheap price of garments and fabric, electronics, and plenty of other souvenirs. The street is narrow and packed with mass of people and the sellers, but it will give you a whole level of experience.