The 10 Best Sights to See in Bangkok's Chinatown/Yaowarat Area

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 colorful street art murals to be found in some atmospheric alleys. 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.



Bustling Yaoworat Road in the center of Chinatown becomes a culinary hotspot at night, with restaurants spilling off the footpaths onto the street itself. Most are open only at night and serve great food – most places specialize in seafood and...  Read More



Trok Issaranuphap is vintage Bangkok, and we don't mean shopping malls or glitzy highrises. Trok Issaranuphap is a lane connecting Charoen Krung Road and Yaowarat, the main thoroughfares in Chinatown, starting just south of the Mangkon Kamalawat...  Read More



While Eiah Sae also gets mention in the Eating and Drinking section of any guide, this atmospheric gem deserves a visit as a sightseeing stop as well. If you are looking for authentic, this is the real deal. Over 60 years old, Eiah Sae has been...  Read More



The Guan Yin Shrine, despite not being listed in most guidebooks, is actually one of Chinatown's most colorful attractions. Guan Yin is the Chinese Goddess of Mercy, and her 900 year old statue stands on the altar inside the shrine. Thousands of...  Read More



Also known by its original name of Wat Leng Noei Yi, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat is the most important and revered temple in Chinatown. The temple contains Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian deities, and is absolutely thronged with worshipers during...  Read More



Sampeng Lane is a very narrow alleyway running parallel to Yaowarat Road and is famed for hosting a cheap accessories and clothing market attracting hordes of young people. The alleyway, whose proper name is Soi Wanit 1, was actually full of...  Read More

Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Centre
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This well laid out modern museum was added to Wat Traimit recently, and details the history of the Chinese migration to Thailand evolving to the present day Thai Chinese. The presentations in the museum use a variety of nifty audio visual and hi...  Read More



Chinatown has joined much of the rest of the city by welcoming colorful street art. Years ago, Bangkok was a pretty grey and artless capital, but the BUKRUK Urban Arts Festival in 2016 brought global artists to Bangkok in an attempt to enhance...  Read More

Chinese Opera
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With roots going as far back as the Tang Dynasty, you are in for a historical and cultural treat if you can catch a Chinese opera performance while in Bangkok. Chinese opera is one of the oldest performing arts in the world. Combining literature...  Read More



Not only is Wat Traimit Chinatown's number one attraction, it is the site of the world's largest seated golden Buddha, five and a half tons of gold, actually the largest gold statue in the world, and worth some 250 million dollars! The statue's...  Read More


Meet Dave Stamboulis

Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave