How to go to Chinatown, Bangkok

Bangkok’s Chinatown is one of the main attractions for tourist. Some choose to go there during the day in order to see how Thai-Chinese community lives and does businesses, while some choose to go in the evening in order to try delicious street food.


Bangkok’s Chinatown is located on Yaowarat Road and Charoenkrung Road. Updated: Aug 2019. The closest MRT station to Chinatown is Wat Mangkon station  Currently, it is not connected with any rapid train (both BTS Skytrain and MRT Subway). So, many people go there by taxi. If you want to go to Bangkok’s Chinatown by public transportation, here are the options.

The first option is to take MRT subway to Hua Lamphong MRT station. The station is not close to Chinatown. From the station, you have to walk for 10-15 minutes. Well, if it is your first time to visit Chinatown, you can make it as a cultural walking day trip to visit the attractions in this area. Here is my ‘A day in Bangkok’s Chinatown (Yaowarat)’ trip; you can use it as a guideline.

Another option is to take Chao Phraya Express Boat and get off at Ratchawong Pier. From the pier, you also have to walk, but it is a very short straight walk. You will walk pass Soi Wanit 1 or Sampeng lane, a popular shopping place in this area which runs parallel to Yaowarat Road. Just keep walking straight ahead. When you see many gold shops on the road, it means you are on Yaowarat Road.


Another interesting place in this area is Wat Leng Noei Yi, Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, the most sacred Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok. The temple is located on Charoenkrung Road. So, if you are not tired yet, just walk up a little bit to visit the temple.


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