Bangkok: walking through Chinatown

Bangkok: walking through Chinatown

 

Bangkok: walking through Chinatown

Bangkok: walking through Chinatown

Bangkok: walking through Chinatown

Bangkok’s Chinatown is huge! I had no idea and it really is a Chinatown and not just a tourist driven area, it is a working, eating and shopping venue filled with interesting specialty foods, unusual trinkets and gift items and fun places to explore or just get lost. Fortunately I went with a group of people and some guides that showed us the highlights to the cool alleyways, shopping streets, temples and foodie venues in this district.

 

Have a look at what I was able to see and discover in Bangkok’s Chinatown district:

 

Busy store front in Chinatown, Bangkok

Busy store front in Chinatown, Bangkok

 Lots of fresh tropical fruits for sale

 

Tropical fruits for sale in Bangkok Chinatown

Tropical fruits for sale in Bangkok Chinatown

 

 Fresh dim sum and pastries for sale

 

Dim sum to go at Chinatown in Bangkok

Dim sum to go at Chinatown in Bangkok

 

 

The noodle man captivated a big group of admirers with his showmanship and delicious looking soups. I wish I was hungry so I could sample some of his tasty soups – oh well the photos will have to do for now for you to imagine the savory meal.

 

The noodle man in Bangkok's Chinatown

The noodle man in Bangkok’s Chinatown

 

 

 

Through a string of narrow passageways filled with food stalls, we finally make it to the main and oldest Buddhist temple in Chinatown and it oozes with musty smells and burning incense in every crevice and alter stands. It’s fascinating and I find a lot of colorful images to capture at this temple, here are just a few photos to give you an idea about this unique temple.

 

Buddhist temple in Chinatown, Bangkok

Buddhist temple in Chinatown, Bangkok

 

 

 

Temple details in Chinatown, Bangkok

Temple details in Chinatown, Bangkok

 

The main altar is adorned with many small idols and statues, probably symbolizing ancestors and important icons of this temple. The smells of heavy incense and floral smell is quite intoxicating here!

 

 

Temple  altar in Chinatown, Bangkok

Temple altar in Chinatown, Bangkok

 

 

We walk around the side streets on the way to the riverfront of the Chao Phraya river and I love seeing these old homes with those little red lanterns. A moped made this the perfect moment to capture, even though I didn’t really  ride that sweet looking moped (to crazy in the streets of Bangkok)

Streets of Bangkok in Chinatown

Streets of Bangkok in Chinatown

 Tuk tuk ride anyone?

 

Tuk Tuk in the Streets of Bangkok in Chinatown

Tuk Tuk in the Streets of Bangkok in Chinatown

 

 

 

This one area on a main road was filled with these beauty stands where both men and women were getting their facial hairs plucked out quickly with these grand dames. It really looked painful even though no-one was screaming from the treatments. Would you do this treatment for the price of beauty?

 

Hair beauty treatment at Chinatown, Bangkok

Hair beauty treatment at Chinatown, Bangkok

 

 

Finally, we make it to the river and the sun is starting to set quickly. We a small elevator ride up to the top of a rooftop café with a panoramic view of the river and it is stunning. Add some cold coconut drinks and some tasty appetizers and it is the perfect setting for a sunset viewing.

Sunset views overlooking the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok

Sunset views overlooking the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok

 

 

 

Roof top temple overlooking Bangkok

Roof top temple overlooking Bangkok

 

That was a fun tour walking through Chinatown in Bangkok. I hope that enjoyed the tour, if so please do share it with any of the social media buttons located on the post, thank you. I enjoyed this tour of Chinatown in Bangkok sponsored by the Thailand authority of Tourism and Tbex Asia 2015, all opinions and thoughts were my own.

 

 

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6 Responses to Bangkok: walking through Chinatown

  1. Paul (@luxury__travel) May 12, 2015 at 9:10 pm #

    Wherever I am in the world, I always enjoy to my visits to Chinatown. Always so many sights and sounds to experience, and some great photography potential!

  2. Chris Boothman May 11, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    I am not at all a fan of Chinese cuisine but your photographs have sold me that I need to visit Bangkok and sample some of this! I can imagine that any form of authentic Asian cuisine is far different to what we are used to here in the Western hemisphere. Great photos Noel!

  3. Paula McInerney May 11, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    love the photos. We really enjoy wandering thru Chinatown in Bangkok, so it was lovely to revisit this through your photos

  4. anna parker May 11, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    Incredible colours and smells – and that’s just looking at the photos! Touring as a group is a very sensible way to see the best – we visited Chinatown in Singapore – much smaller and more touristy, but I wasn’t confident with just the 2 of us as it was all so different.

  5. Kathryn Burrington May 11, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    Just had my tea and your post has got me hungry again. Love that noodle shot too.

  6. travelFREAK April 23, 2015 at 3:44 am #

    Your photos are fantastic, Noel! The one with the noodle man has something special!

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