Yaowarat - China Town Bangkok

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Yaowarat Road - said to resemble the shape of a dragon's curvy body - is the thoroughfare for Chinatown and the gateway to Little India. The road not only contains some of the most cool and unique shops in the city, but it also holds a part of Bangkok’s richest history.

Chinatown and Sampeng Market

Yaowarat Road was built in the 18th century as a result of the vast Chinese resettlement on the west side of the Chao Phraya River. It is one of Bangkok’s oldest areas and was founded around the same time as the city itself, in 1782.
Located just inside Chinatown is Sampeng Market, a major draw for shoppers looking for wholesale prices in small or large quantities.

Gold Artifacts

You will notice right away how much Chinatown glistens. Thai gold is some of the most pure and stunning gold you may ever see. Gold is bought and sold at market prices, so be sure to shop around for the best deals. You can find everything from gold rings, bracelets and charms to Buddhist statues and amulets.

Clothing and Fabric

If you like to sew or need fabric, buttons, yarn, string, stuffing cotton, or anything else related to textiles, Chinatown is for you. You can buy in bulk, and the more you buy, the better the bargain!

Other Items You Can Find

Along with gold and clothing items, you can also find a large variety of stationery supplies, souvenirs, instruments, antiques, imported goods, and more for excellent prices. Bargaining is accepted and even welcomed. Just ask for a price that you are willing to pay and go from there.


Street food is aplenty in Chinatown, with the aroma of both Thai and Chinese dishes wafting through the air at every turn. Snacks, main meals, and desserts can all be found at exceptionally cheap prices.

How To Get There

Yaowarat Road is about 3.5 kilometers from the National Stadium BTS Station, so it might be best to take a taxi from there.
Alternatively, you can take the Chao Phraya Express Boat to Ratchawong Pier (No. 5) and take a 5-minute walk to Chinatown. From Ratchawong Road, you will turn right onto Song Wat Road and then left onto Mongkon Road until you reach Chinatown.


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