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Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)
Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Thanon Yaowarat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok

The Basics

Bangkok Chinatown envelops the streets and alleys branching off Yaowarat Road, its main thoroughfare. Since the area transforms into a food street after dark, many visitors choose to explore it on a walking food tour. Those more interested in the history and heritage of Bangkok’s Chinese immigrants can opt for a daytime biking tour or walking tour to visit the area’s Buddhist temples and neighborhood markets.

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Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk
Bangkok by Night: Temples, Markets and Food by Tuk-Tuk
$70.80 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Excellent introduction to the city, good value for money
This was a really great introduction to Bangkok and fit a lot into four hours. Our guide Bee and driver Mr Krishnatorn were so friendly, knowledgeable and had really great energy. Got to try lots of different and interesting foods and experience the local culture. Riding around in a tuktuk was lots of fun and even the heavy rain didn't ruin our fun! Highly recommend doing this early on in your stay to get an idea of the city (and probably wear enclosed shoes if during the wet season!)
Sophie_A, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Bangkok

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Guided by a friendly...
Huy_L, Jun 2022
Bangkok Chinatown Food Tour At Night
Guided by a friendly handsome guy! You will experience every corners of ChinaTown where you can find it yourself. The bestfood was chicken soup.
star-5
Great Food, Good time
Road44303314277, Oct 2019
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
Thank you to Ohm who lead my friend and I through Chinatown streets large and small in search of the best food, with a little history thrown in. It was very fun. Highly recommend.
star-5
Fantastic tour and Katy was the best tour guide!
jacquelinemK9529CK, Oct 2019
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
What a fabulous tour. Walking through Chinatown with Katy, who was so knowledgeable and such a lovely person, was a real treat. She made the tour interesting and made sure my tastes were catered for. I wanted to try things that were typical of Chinatown in Bangkok and she offered great recommendations which were all delicious. She also took photos and sent them to me via email, which was a real bonus. The tour is a perfect balance between walking and sitting, eating and information about the area and history. I highly recommend this tour and if she's available, book Katy, she's the best. Thanks Katy! I hope to do another tour with you when I return.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bangkok Chinatown is a must-see for foodies and first-time visitors.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to walk; there’s a lot to see in this busy neighborhood.

  • Most Chinatown tours include a bit of shopping, eating, and temple visits.

  • Walking and biking tours that include Chinatown typically last three to five hours.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to reach Chinatown is by boat; alight at Ratchawong Pier and walk up Ratchawong Road until you get to Sampeng Lane or Yaowarat Road. You can also disembark at Harbor Department Pier or Memorial Bridge Pier. Alternatively, take the subway to Hua Lamphong Station on the eastern bank of the Phadung Krung Kasem Canal.

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When to Get There

To get the most comprehensive Chinatown experience, plan to visit by day and after dark. Plan to arrive hungry at night, when the street-food stalls are in full swing. The neighborhood is at its most vibrant during major Chinese festivals, especially Chinese New Year (January or February).

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Must-Try Foods in Chinatown

Food is one of the major reasons for a visit to Chinatown. Seafood restaurants here serve some of the freshest crabs and prawns in the city, while street-food vendors cook up grilled squid, Thai toast,kway chap (a peppery noodle soup), pad thai, and bird’s nest soup.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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