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Bangkok’s Iconic Chinatown Experience: Sites & Street Bites

Bangkok’s Iconic Chinatown Experience: Sites & Street Bites

From US$ 87.14 per person

On a Bangkok walking tour explore and snack your way through one of the old city's most authentic and vibrant spots: Chinatown. Be blown away by the blend of Thai-Chinese food, history, and culture.

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Duration 4.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience Bangkok's Chinese heritage, including the Chinese Museum
  • Pick and choose from all the delicious bites of Bangkok’s iconic Chinatown
  • Visit a range of different markets selling everything from pad Thai to flowers
  • Let your jaw hit the floor when you see the Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit Temple
  • Cap off the day with a Thai local beer or soft drink at a sky bar
Full description
This walking tour will take you through Bangkok's historic 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 Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station, it doesn't get any more old-school than this – the station is more than a hundred years old and one of Bangkok's architectural gems. There's plenty of action inside with locals coming and going, but catch it while you can. There are plans to close the station and replace it with a modern terminal in the next few years. Our first stop is Wat Traimit, the Golden Buddha 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 solid gold 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 Yaowarat Chinese Heritage Centre 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 traditional Thai coffee, snack, and the opportunity to sit back and soak up the atmosphere. We'll then head to a market specialising in Chinese religious products and fresh food. At night, this particular area is filled with street stalls and becomes one giant and extremely tasty food bazaar. This will be your opportunity to go wild and try dishes you've never even heard of. But trust us, after this experience you'll never forget them! With a belly full of Bangkok treats, we'll head to our final stop, a hidden gem of a sky bar with 360-degree panoramic views to rival all others in the city. You'll have a chance to relax and refresh with a cold Thai local beer (soft drinks also available) while taking in the breathtaking scene. Your guide will point out Bangkok's significant sights, from the modern malls and skyscrapers, to the historic highlights such as The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and the Golden Mount. The tour will finish here where you're free to stay for more drinks and food or continue exploring. Your local guide will also be happy to assist you in finding your way back to your accommodation. This Bangkok Chinatown Sights and Bites tour is not only an opportunity to sample all the delicious delights that Chinatown has to offer, although we must admit that is a serious pro! It's all that food, plus history, culture, and local life. We couldn't pack any more into this tour if we tried!
Includes
  • Tour guide
  • Street snacks
  • Traditional Thai coffee or tea
  • Entry fee to Wat Traimit and Golden Buddha Temple
  • Thai local beer or soft drink at a sky bar with panoramic views
  • Drop off transfer
  • Tips for driver and guide
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • All participants who are over 18 years old must present proof of full vaccination. Participants aged 6-17 must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of Covid-19 infection in the past 9 months, or a negative PCR or lateral flow Covid-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts

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Meeting point

Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station. The guide will be waiting in the main departure hall in front of the ticket counters. If you’re coming by MRT (subway) please take Exit 2.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Children under 8 years of age are not permitted to join this tour
  • The tour can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions; please notify your guide at the beginning of the tour if you have any dietary requests
  • Please ensure your knees and shoulders are covered as this trip may visit religious sites
  • This tour is plastic-free
  • This tour is carbon neutral, operated by the world’s largest travel B Corp accredited company
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    4.8/5
  • Organization
    4.8/5

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We met at the main train station. Honestly the worst part of the whole experience was FINDING our guide, mostly because our Grab taxi could not find the location according to the info that we were given. Thank heaven for some friendly Thai citizens that helped us on our way. The guide, Amin, was super kind and friendly and did a fabulous job winding us through the crowded streets of Chinatown. I loved visiting the Temple and history musuem. It was fascinating to better understand how the Chinese people came to Thailand and influenced it's culture. Amin did a great job of taking us to numerous vendors and trying street food--mango sticky rice was my favorite, but the pad thai was also really good! We ended the evening at a rooftop bar of a local hotel in Chinatown, sipping cool drinks and watching the sun set over Bangkok. It was a fabulous tour!

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January 28, 2020

great tour

I was the only guest on this tour due to low season. So I had my tourguide Gof for myself and could ask lots of questions. The tour was a mix of walking, going on boat and on Tuk Tuk, and after visiting a temple we went through Chinatown including the Sampeng market before we had dinner at a chinese restaurant. Gof and I had lost of Wan tans or whatever it was, I left the ordering up to her and we had good fun. The evening closed with a visit to the flower market which was a great experience as well. I can recommend this tour.

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April 8, 2017

Delicious and highly interesting - though shorter than predicted

The tour was great, informative and the food presented was delicious. Our guide's knowledge of English was good and she presented a lot of noteworthy details along the tour. The small group of six people was nice and easy to keep up with. The tour itself was not too exhausting, partly also because it lastet only for three and a half hours instead of five (as described). The tour stopped in Chinatown without visiting the night market or the flower market, which was disappointing. Taking that into account, the tour was overprized.

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April 10, 2016

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