Chinatown

Hear Chinese dialects, smell Chinese food, see Chinese architecture, and taste Chinese flavors.

Chinatown begins and ends along the "Road of Dragons," a sinewy stretch of pavement lined with stalls, shops, signs, scents, and sounds. Teochew, Cantonese, Hakka, and Hokkien communities comprise what locals call Yaowarat, and their traditions live on in the languages you hear, the menus you read, and the festivals you attend. This northeast-of-Silom neighborhood's pace never slows unless you seek solace in one of its temples—Chinatown boasts a few in which to meditate and contemplate.

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Chinatown is bordered by Pom Prap Sattru Phai, Silom, Banglampoo, Pathum Wan, and Thonburi

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

Suvarnabhumi Airport: 45 minute drive or 1 hour by public transit and Airport Link Express
Khao San Road: 25 minutes by public transit
Siam BTS Skytrain Station: 25 minutes pubic transit
Asok BTS Skytrain Station: 30 minutes public transit

Chinatown: Where Thai and Chinese Traditions Converge

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What locals know as Yaowarat, Chinatown blends Chinese culture with Thai traditions.

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Chinese lanterns and Thai flags float above the "Road of Dragons," a curvy avenue named for the way it twists and turns around residents' homes.

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Northeast of Siam Square and Silom, the neighborhood's energy evokes fancies of what it might have been like to live in China years ago.

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Busy and cacophonous, street vendors and market stalls serve residents and visitors a mix of Chinese and Thai specialties.

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Tuk tuks zig, scooters zag, MRT underground zooms beneath the pavement, and the Chao Phraya Express Boat docks at nearby Ratchawong Pier.

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Chinatown is a kaleidoscopic experience that doesn't break focus.

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Some nearby attractions include the historical Portuguese Consulate, River City, Little India, Hua Lumphong Train station, [and] Chulalongkorn University."

Culinary Exceptionalism: The Bridge Between Cultures

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Street vendors, butchers, and fish mongers sell dried and fresh snacks, meat, and fish.

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Roast duck and boiled chicken are staples in religious rituals.

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Bird’s nest soup is served hot and cold and is considered one of Yaowarat's most mouthwatering delicacies.

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Culture In Public View

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When visiting Yaowarat, it's customary to stop and ask for blessings at Mangkon Kamalawat Temple (or Wat Leng Noei Yi as the locals like to say).

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Chinatown offers a wide array of objects that are used in religious practices.

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Buddhist amulets hang on display at roadside stalls.

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Hand-written red couplets promise good luck while warding off ill-fortune.

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When the couplets work, you'll know. In Chinatown, gold signifies great wealth.

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Many of the established gold and jewelry shops in Yaowarat have been passed down through generations.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Brent Lewin is an award-winning photographer residing in Bangkok and Toronto. His personal work largely focuses on the plight of the Asian elephant in Thailand. Brent's work has been profiled and featured in publications such as National Geographic, The New York Times, Discovery Channel Magazine, and the industry magazine Photo District News (PDN). Brent's work has also been recognized with over a dozen awards at many prestigious international contests.

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