Chinatown is one of the most vibrant areas of Bangkok. It has been the city’s main trading centre for more than 200 years. The Chinese community was relocated here to make way for the construction of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace in 1785. Business was flourishing in the reign of King Rama IV and the 1.5 km long Yaowarat Road was added to further support trade and development.
Business is still thriving today. Shops in Sampheng district are open everyday from 8 am. to 5 pm. for both wholesale and retail business. The night market starts from 1 am. and lasts until dawn (except Sunday night). The area is quite busy on the weekends and it will get even busier before the Thai, Chinese, and international new year when people buying things in bulk to take home for their friends and families living outside Bangkok.
It can be very easy to get lost in the Chinatown alleys but it’s also the best way to get to know the city and its people. A walk in Chinatown gives you an experience you will never forget.