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Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)
Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat)

Thanon Yaowarat, Samphanthawong, Bangkok

The Basics

Bangkok Chinatown envelops the streets and alleys branching off Yaowarat Road, its main thoroughfare. Since the area transforms into a food street after dark, many visitors choose to explore it on a walking food tour. Those more interested in the history and heritage of Bangkok’s Chinese immigrants can opt for a daytime biking tour or walking tour to visit the area’s Buddhist temples and neighborhood markets.

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Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour
Private Guide In and Around Bangkok: Custom Tour
$53.61 per adult
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Yuut is The BEST Guide in Bangkok
I would like to thank my tour guide, Yuut. He did such an amazing job showing me tons of amazing places in Bangkok, he made suggestions, recommended picture perfect locations and taught me so much about the history of the temples, the swing, the mountain, and every landmark we came across. Yuut was a monk for many years and his knowledge about the culture was beyond my expectations. Also, his English is really great and I felt like I was hanging out with a long time friend and not a stranger. I would also like to add how professionals Yuut was during my tour. He messaged me days in advance and asked me if I had any particular interests, if I wanted to go anywhere specifically. He showed enthusiasm and such great energy before even meeting. It made me very happy to be in Bangkok for my first time with someone that was so excited to share so much with me. Yuut also showed up early to our scheduled tour. He was very patient in explaining things to me and also in answering my questions through out the tour. Very important also was that Yuut is an excellent photographer, there were many situations where I let him use my phone to take pictures and they came out amazing. I’m looking forward to showing all these pictures to my family when I go back to Los Angeles. I strongly believe that without Yuut my experience of Bangkok would not have been as beautiful as it was.
Andres_P, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Bangkok

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Great Food, Good time
Road44303314277, Oct 2019
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
Thank you to Ohm who lead my friend and I through Chinatown streets large and small in search of the best food, with a little history thrown in. It was very fun. Highly recommend.
star-5
Great Food!
Ron_R, Mar 2019
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
Fantastic food with a great tour guide. With so many dishes and samples, we were absolutely stuffed. Highly recommend it!
star-5
Had an amazing day with my guide Pat...
aljeavons, Jul 2018
Small-Group: Unseen Bangkok's Chinatown Walking Tour
Had an amazing day with my guide Pat. We met as agreed at the BTS station near Sathorn pier and travelled by ferry to China Town. We visited temples, markets, her old school and found a shrine at the top of a police station! Tried Thai coffee and ate fried oysters at a Michelin recommended street food shop. Travelled down through the Chinese food market, down alleys and across busy streets, finally chilling and drinking coffee overlooking the River. I came away with a deeper insight to the Chinese in Bangkok, their history and culture and strength of their community. I would definitely recommend this tour.
star-5
Fantastic tour and Katy was the best tour guide!
jacquelinemK9529CK, Oct 2019
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
What a fabulous tour. Walking through Chinatown with Katy, who was so knowledgeable and such a lovely person, was a real treat. She made the tour interesting and made sure my tastes were catered for. I wanted to try things that were typical of Chinatown in Bangkok and she offered great recommendations which were all delicious. She also took photos and sent them to me via email, which was a real bonus. The tour is a perfect balance between walking and sitting, eating and information about the area and history. I highly recommend this tour and if she's available, book Katy, she's the best. Thanks Katy! I hope to do another tour with you when I return.
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Our tour guide was amazing. He really...
Justo G, Apr 2017
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
Our tour guide was amazing. He really tried to balance the various needs of all those on the tour, 7 of us. We had pork, chicken, oysters, rice, sticky rice and mango, tea, pastries and a hot ginger drink to end the night. If you're not willing or able to walk then skip this tour. But if you really want to get to know Chinatown by night join in the fun. Make sure you are hungry and don't be afraid to tell the tour guide what you will or will not eat. He's really good about meeting your needs but also about trying to get you to try new things. I ate tofu and I've rarely eaten it. Great night. It rained and he was so kind that he even went and bought rain gear for us. He's a chef by training so he knows his stuff. Don't miss this fun night out.
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My husband I booked the walking tour of...
Candice, Jul 2017
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
My husband I booked the walking tour of Chinatown the night before and when we arrived turns out we were the only ones that booked this particular tour so we had a private tour with Bella! Our guide was lovely and funny with great knowledge of the area. Most of the places we visited only had Thai menus which we would have usually walked past cause we wouldn't know how to order, but we were so glad to have Bella show us the way. She was able to cater to our food requirements no seafood and still pushed our boundaries of what we would usually pick. I cannot recommend this enough!
star-5
Thee was an awesome guide. Great...
Andrew B, Jan 2017
Flavors of Bangkok: Small-Group Chinatown Evening Food Tour
Thee was an awesome guide. Great conversation and a very good group to travel with. We were a smaller group which was nice. They do a great job or curating the venues that they take you to and they will tailor the stops to your group as well again this was easier in a smaller group when towards the end we were all getting pretty full and just wanted something light to finish off the evening. We found this to be a nice change as we had been having a lot of Thai food but the same company also offers options for a Thai experiencing which I look forward to trying on my next visit. Definitely recommend this one!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bangkok Chinatown is a must-see for foodies and first-time visitors.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to walk; there’s a lot to see in this busy neighborhood.

  • Most Chinatown tours include a bit of shopping, eating, and temple visits.

  • Walking and biking tours that include Chinatown typically last three to five hours.

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How to Get There

The easiest way to reach Chinatown is by boat; alight at Ratchawong Pier and walk up Ratchawong Road until you get to Sampeng Lane or Yaowarat Road. You can also disembark at Harbor Department Pier or Memorial Bridge Pier. Alternatively, take the subway to Hua Lamphong Station on the eastern bank of the Phadung Krung Kasem Canal.

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When to Get There

To get the most comprehensive Chinatown experience, plan to visit by day and after dark. Plan to arrive hungry at night, when the street-food stalls are in full swing. The neighborhood is at its most vibrant during major Chinese festivals, especially Chinese New Year (January or February).

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Must-Try Foods in Chinatown

Food is one of the major reasons for a visit to Chinatown. Seafood restaurants here serve some of the freshest crabs and prawns in the city, while street-food vendors cook up grilled squid, Thai toast,kway chap (a peppery noodle soup), pad thai, and bird’s nest soup.

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