Bangkok's Chinatown is full of history, mazes of tiny alleyways to get lost in, find great food, markets, temples, and one of the few places in the city where it is actually pleasant and preferable to... Read More
Bangkok's Chinatown is full of history, mazes of tiny alleyways to get lost in, find great food, markets, temples, and one of the few places in the city where it is actually pleasant and preferable to walk, not to mention that none of the highlights, other than eating, will cost much. Highlights include the giant Wat Traimit Temple with its 700-year-old 5.5 ton Buddha image, the largest in the world, along with Wat Mangkon Kalawat, Chinatown's busiest temple. consistently filled with incense smoke and worshippers waving joss sticks. Besides this, there are old shophouse lanes, the outdoor seafood restaurants on the corner of Yaowarat and Soi Padungdao, the Sampeng Lane alley market and the Trok Itsaranuphap wet market with produce and spices.
- Free Things to Do, Historic Sites, Best Attractions & Activities: "If you ever come through this area at night especially around any festival time, there is a high chance you will see local Chinese opera troupes performing streetside, a beautiful, but seemingly dying art, as the audience consists only of old folks."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: For Bangkok's best area to walk in and not spend a cent while being entertained, Chinatown is the top draw.
- Best for Historic Sites Because: For a glimpse of Bangkok past and present, historical Chinatown is a must see.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: for tradition and great food, Chinatown is an absolute must visit.