|Bangkok Attraction | Chinatown - Thanom Yaowarat|
The best means to explore Bangkok Chinatown or the bustling Yaowarat Road is on foot. Aside from colorful and vibrant scenes, Yaowarat is always packed with sea of people. Crowds are at every single corner, be it a small alley or a wide road. Back on the streets, vehicles are piled up and queuing at the traffic light junction. Numerous stalls are set-up along the five-foot way in front of the concrete shops on both side of Yaowarat. I would say Yaowarat is one of the roads with the most people, vehicles and street traders that I have ever seen in Bangkok city!
If you are an adventurous gastronomist, there are plenty of local street food to attempt. Fruit juice, Thai salad, local cakes, grilled banana, banana fritter, grilled corn and local dishes are among tummy teaser. However, if you are skeptical to try, head into the restaurants along the road for dim sum or a variety of Chinese delicacy such as sweet desserts or soups.
There is minimal personal space, so be reminded to take good care of your valuable belongings. As one strolls, the sight of typical Chinatown is prominent with a row of shops selling Chinese herbal/medicinal shop, a stretch of gold smiths and pawnshops as well.
Besides food, Bangkok Chinatown is also the venue for people watching. For instance, the guy in the traffic vest is a motorbike rider. He earns a living by assisting solo traveler to commute from one spot to another. Due to the traffic congestion in Bangkok, motorbike rider provides a good alternative to escape by hopping on the motorbike service.
If you are into food and Thai-Chinese culture, spare at least 4 hours to half a day to explore Bangkok Chinatown. To me, Yaowarat offers more than a stroll for gastronomical treat, it made my day with some life encounter that would never found elsewhere. Perhaps, I had just found the missing piece in my heart!
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