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Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chinatown

Wat Traimit (Golden Buddha)

The attraction at Wat Traimit is undoubtedly the impressive 3m-tall, 5.5-tonne, solid-gold Buddha image, which gleams like, well, gold. Sculpted in the graceful Sukhothai style, the image was 'discovered' some 60 ye…
Top Choice Bar in Chinatown

Tep Bar

We never expected to find a bar this sophisticated – yet this fun – in Chinatown. Tep does it with a Thai-tinged, contemporary interior, tasty signature cocktails, Thai drinking snacks, and raucous live Thai music p…
Market in Chinatown

Talat Mai

With nearly two centuries of commerce under its belt, New Market is no longer an entirely accurate name for this strip of commerce. Regardless, this is Bangkok’s, if not Thailand’s, most Chinese market, and the drie…
Street Food in Chinatown

Nay Hong

The reward for locating this hole-in-the-wall is one of Bangkok's best fried noodle dishes – gŏo·ay đĕe·o kôo·a gài (flat rice noodles fried with garlic oil, chicken and egg). No English-language menu.There's no Eng…
Bar in Chinatown

Pijiu Bar

Old West meets old Shanghai at this new yet classic-feeling bar. The emphasis here is on beer ('pijiu' is Chinese for beer), with four revolving craft brews on tap, but perhaps even more enticing are the charcuterie…
International in Chinatown

80/20

Don't call it fusion; rather, 80/20 excels at taking and blending Thai and Western ingredients and dishes, arriving at something altogether unique. The often savoury-leaning desserts, overseen by a Japanese pastry c…
Bar in Chinatown

Ba Hao

At this point, there's little original about this retro Chinese-themed refurbished shophouse on Soi Nana, but potable craft beer, inventive cocktails and really excellent Chinese-style bar snacks (don't miss the Chi…
Street Food in Chinatown

Nay Lék Ûan

Nay Lék Ûan sells gŏo·ay jáp nám săi, an intensely peppery broth containing noodles and pork offal. No English-language menu.
Church in Chinatown

Church of Santa Cruz

Centuries before Sukhumvit became Bangkok's international district, the Portuguese claimed fa·ràng (Western) supremacy on a riverside plot of land given to them by King Taksin in appreciation for their support afte…
Buddhist Temple in Chinatown

Wat Mangkon Kamalawat

Clouds of incense and the sounds of chanting form the backdrop at this Chinese-style Mahayana Buddhist temple. Surrounding the temple are vendors selling food for the gods – steamed lotus-shaped dumplings and orange…