Bangkok Chinatown: Traditional shopping & eating

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Bangkok Chinatown: Old fashioned markets, night street food, Chinese community

Unlike in some cities where Chinatown is clearly bordered, Bangkok Chinatown is (similar to Bangkok,) widespread with no boundary.  Most attractions and the populated areas are largely along Yaowarat, Ratchawong, and Charoen Krung roads.  Though a big community, wandering around by foot is possible provided you’re not overwhelmed by its busy alleys, the noise, the air, and the heat.  It is one of the city’s most chaotic places where making a visit is an experience.  Chinatown is sandwiched between old and new Bangkok where old shop houses and modern tall buildings mix and match.  That said, you can witness Bangkok’s past here.  The days when there were no mega shopping malls nor department stores, when people shopped in standalone stores and markets, and where big stores were in duplex shop houses.  And, when there was Thailand Wall street! (Yeah, in the mid 1800′s.)  See them here in Chinatown!

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Chinatown main attractions

Bangkok Chinatown street food
The biggest night street food in Bangkok.  Seafood, fish maw, chestnuts, bird’s nest, etc.
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Bangkok street food Chinatown
Klong Ong Ang market
Video games and accessories, air guns, used cameras, camcorders, and accessories.On the banks of the Klong Ong Ang canal next to the Woeng Nakorn Kasem market (the musicians’ market,) lies a budget shopping attraction no trespassers could ever notice known as Klong Ong Ang market.  This a bunker-like market with very narrow street shelters small vendors carrying Video games and accessories, air guns, used cameras, camcorders, and accessories.
Bangkok market Klong Ong Ang
Klong Tom market
Electronics, hardware, CDs/DVDs, etc.Klong Tom market is one of the most famous attractions in Chinatown.  The market is bordered by 4 main roads, namely Luang, Worachak, Charoengkrung, and Suapa.  The market is jam-packed with specialty stores, open-air markets, and Klong Thom Center building carrying electronics and accessories, cellular phones and accessories, household tools, kitchen ware, toilet ware, stamps, used bank notes, DVDs and CDs (including blank recordable formats), gadgets, toys, etc.
Bangkok market Klong Tom
Sampeng market
Ornaments, beads, gifts, etc.This market is among one of the early Chinese communities during their resettlement in Thailand over 200 years ago.  It has become the Wall Street of Bangkok during the mid 1800′s.  Not only was it prosperous as a business center but also in illegal activities such as gambling, drugs, and prostitution.  Though less attractive than in former days, Sampeng never loses its importance as a shopping attraction in Bangkok’s Chinese community.  The market has now become a place to shop for all kinds of ornaments and decorative items such as beads, earrings, towels, gifts, photo albums, etc.
Bangkok market Sampeng
Woeng Nakornkasem market
Bangkok’s oldest musical instrument marketWoeng Nakornkasem market is named after its location on 2 Sois (alley) namely Woeng Nakornkasem 1 and 2.  The market was once famous for garage sales and printing services until becoming an all-in-one center to shop for musical instrument especially, guitars (eg. Fender, Ibanez, Gibson, Washburn, etc.)  Most shops have been in business for generations carrying all kinds of musical instruments from guitars to flutes.  Along with musical instruments, this market is also a place to shop for water pumps and air compressors.
 Bangkok market Woengnakornkasem
Gold trade stores
The hub of Bangkok gold tradingChinatown has long been famous as a gold trade hot spot.  This reputation has made gold as the symbol of this community.  Whilst many gold stores are now located in shopping malls, the ones in Chinatown still well maintain their reputation and credibility.  These stores sell gold in different designs and patterns like necklaces and bracelets.  In other words, knick-knacks.  Most famous gold stores line up largely along Yaowarat road.  And of course, most have Chinese names.
Bangkok Chinatown

Getting to Bangkok Chinatown
- Hua Lumpong MRT subway station: Exit 1
- Tourist boat: Ratchawongse pier