Established circa 1780 by King Rama I, Chinatown is one of the oldest areas of Bangkok. Along the main road, walk through the maze of small streets to discover hundreds of small Chinese shops and vendors selling specialty foods, gold and jewels, teas and traditional Chinese medicines. Among don’t-miss sites are Pak Khlong Talat flower market and Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha temple). At night thousands of red lanterns light up, complementing the glow of neon shop lights: a dazzling blend of the traditional and modern.
Yaowarat, the main road of Chinatown is famous for its popular street food stales: papaya salad, Pad Thai, crispy pork belly… Having lunch or dinner there is the perfect way to discover the culinary style of Bangkok. Even during rainy days, you will see some people queuing outside to grab some food, and then seating on some plastic chairs on the narrow pavement of the street.
To visit Chinatown from Pullman Bangkok Grande Sukhumvit, take MRT underground at Sukhumvit Station to MRT – Hua Lamphong Station, a total of six stops; the Chinatown area is then a brief walk away. A metred taxi covers the 13 kilometres to Chinatown in approximately 25 minutes depending on traffic.