Bangkok's Chinatown is an enthralling place, one of the most authentic and unchanged spots in the city, and one of the most enjoyable and only spots left for walking. There are so many tiny lanes and narrow alleyways which are ripe for exploration. Start your visit here off with a stop at the informative Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Centre, followed up by checking out the impressive golden Buddha statue in Wat Traimit. From here, you can make your way down Yaowarat Road, exploring the vibrant markets in Trok Issaranuphap and Sampeng Lane before breaking for coffee at the atmospheric Eiah Sae. Other highlights here include the extremely colorful shrine of Guan Yin, the pilgrim filled Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, Bangkok's most important Chinese temple, and the beautiful Pak Klong Talad Flower Market, which sits just off the edge of Chinatown back out on the Chao Phraya River. Don't be in any hurry to leave Chinatown though. It gets even better on Yaowarat Road at night, with hundreds of delectable food stalls and restaurants opening up and an electric atmosphere filling the air. If you come here during holiday times, you may be lucky enough to see a Chinese opera, a dying tradition but one well worth making time for.
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