17 Desember 2011

The Energy and Vibrancy of Chinatown Bangkok

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Bangkok, the capital and largest city of Thailand, is known for its thriving tourism industry, vibrant nightlife, vast shopping malls and busy street markets. The city is a fast paced modern metropolis full of energy and one area that epitomizes this lively vibrancy is Chinatown.

Chinatown, which was made popular by the many Chinese traders that established themselves in this area back in the 1870’s, is one Bangkok’s most interesting locations. It is known to showcase the true spirit and culture of this bustling city, and thus is one of the most visited spots by tourists and locals alike.

Where once Chinatown was known for many nefarious activities, it is now a commercial and trading hub of Bangkok which is crowded with shoppers and traders. This shopping and trading paradise is famous for its many gold traders, textile and garment outlets and antiques and second hand markets, with hundreds of people visiting these shops each day.

Yaowarat Road is probably one of Chinatown’s busiest streets as it has several clusters of gold and jewellery traders, and is considered to have the highest concentration of gold stores in the entire city. For trendy clothing and textiles, one can visit Sampeng Lane which is packed with many textile traders who offer a variety of materials and clothing items at cheap prices. Another fascinating feature of Chinatown is the ‘Thieves Market’ which got its name through the many cases of stolen items being found at this area in the past. The Thieves Market offers several second hand goods along with some rare, but not so valuable antiques.

Chinatown also has an abundance of street-food shops which offer delicious and traditional dishes and snacks. The Wat Traimit and the Wat Chakrawat are ancient and historic temples of great beauty that are also located in the town and have now become popular tourist attractions. The area is definitely worth visiting and gives one a great shopping and cultural experience.

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