Bangkok’s Chinatown, Thailand’s largest Chinese community, is commonly known among Thais as Yaowarat, according to the name of the road where it is located.
The Chinese community dominated trades between Siam (ancient Thailand) and China since the reign of King Rama I, centered around Ratchawong Pier, while the construction of Yaowarat Road hadn’t begun until 1891 during the reign of King Rama V. Today, Yaowarat is widely known as the kingdom’s largest center of gold trade and a great foodie destination.
Yaowarat simply has two faces: If you visit Yaowarat during the day, what you see along both sides of this one and a half kilometer road are shops selling gold, Chinese herbs, fruits and Chinese restaurants serving authentic cuisine. But if you visit Yaowarat after sunset, the road turns into a street food heaven where a number of food trucks prepare you marvelous food, from Chinese fried noodles to iced Chinese dessert, you hardly find elsewhere.
07.00 – 00.00
HOW TO GET THERE
- By Bus : Take the bus no. 1, 4, 7, 25, 53, 501
- By MRT : Taking subway to Hua Lamphong MRT station then continue walking for 700 metres to Yaowarat Road or taking bus routes 1, 4, 7, 25, 53, 501
Map of Bangkok Chinatown
- ADDRESS : Yaowarat Road, Yaowarat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok
- TELEPHONE : +66 2276 2720 -1