Immerse Yourself in Old-School Bustle in Bangkok’s Chinatown
Bangkok may be the Thai capital, but it is far from being strictly Thai. It has one of the biggest and best-preserved Chinatowns in the world, and a stroll around the maze-like neighborhood offers a fascinating insight to the city’s Sino-Thai character.
The area’s main thoroughfares, Yaowarat Road and Charoen Krung, teem with vendors, traditional medicine outlets and, less appealingly, traffic. However, a stroll around the ancient lanes near the river is more rewarding. There are temples (Buddhist, Taoist, Chinese and Sikh), markets, strange juxtapositions (casket makers near chicken hatcheries anyone?), moldering architecture and some of the best food in the city.