Bangkok Chinatown Food Discovery
Had enough Pad Thai to last a lifetime? Join this Bangkok tour to experience the Chinese food, culture and architecture of the Chinatown area. Be amazed by the market scene and try foods you've never heard of before!
- Pick and choose from all the delicious bites of Bangkok’s iconic Chinatown
- Visits a range of different markets selling everything from pad thai to portraits
- Let your jaw hit the floor when you see the Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit Temple
- Snap up some fashion bargains at Saphan Han night market
- Experience Bangkok's Chinese heritage, including a visit to the Chinese Museum
This Bangkok tour of will take you through Bangkok’s iconic Chinatown, a neighbourhood so rich in sights, sounds, and smells that it could only really be described as an assault on the senses (in a good way!). Taking a stroll through this neighbourhood is one of the best things to do in Bangkok, and with a local to guide you along, you’ll never miss a beat. You’ll begin this Bangkok Chinatown tour at Ratchawong Pier, where you’ll step back in to the old markets in Yaowarat, right in the heart of Chinatown. It doesn’t get any more old-school Bangkok than this – these Chinese locals were traders living in the villages of Bangkok before it became the capital. Your local guide will tell you all about the history of this area, and why it’s such an important part of Chinatown.
From the pier, your Bangkok tour will continue al Song Wat Road, which is bordered by old business buildings and warehouses that are still operating today, and also head towards the plastic and leather products quarter on Yaowa Phanit Road. This part of the tour is a journey through the bustling businesses of Chinatown, where you’ll be able to see the locals go about their daily duties and get a feel of what it would be like to live here.
From industry to ancient history, the next stop on your tour will lead you to Wat Traimit Temple, an incredible sight to behold and one of the can’t miss things to do in Bangkok. This stunning temple enshrines the world’s largest golden seated Buddha from the Sukhothai Era, measuring nearly five metres high and weighing five and a half tonnes. Here your guide will let you in on the local secrets and history behind the Buddha, and the legendary tales that surround the original Buddha that sat there. This temple also houses the Chinese Museum, where you’ll learn all about the history of the Chinese people in Thailand and the fascinating relationship between these two countries.
Next, you’ll get into everything you’ve been waiting for – bring on the food! With your local guide, you’ll head to a 100-year old coffee shop on Phat Sai Road, where you’ll be treated to a coffee, snack, and the opportunity to sit back and soak up the atmosphere. Fully rejuvenated, you’ll head to a market specialising in Chinese religious products and fresh food. At night, this area is filled with street stalls and becomes one giant and extremely tasty food bazaar. Pick and choose from street grills or the finest Chinese restaurants; this will be your opportunity to go wild and try all those dishes you’ve never even heard of, but after this experience you’ll never forget them!
With a belly full of Bangkok treats, you’ll continue on this Bangkok food tour towards Saphan Phut night market, where you can find a huge array of clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, second-hand collections and antiques on sale. Here you can even have a portrait of yourself painted as a souvenir! We couldn’t pack any more into this tour if we tried!
Departs daily (some block out dates apply).
- Duration: 5-6 hours
- Meeting point: 3:00pm at the lobby of the Viengtai Hotel (42 Rambutri Rd, Banglamphu).
- Ending point: Saphan Phut night market