If there’s one certainty (or as close to as possible) in life, it’s this: no matter what country or city you go to, Chinatown will always be there for you. Chinatown is a constant in most big cities across the globe, which is really quite phenomenal when you think about it. I always love checking out a city’s Chinatown as well, because you’re guaranteed to find some seedy looking little places with the most incredible food, as well as some real hole-in-the-wall shops that sell stuff you didn’t even realise you needed until you found it there.
Bangkok’s Chinatown is no exception to the rule – a quick and scenic boat ride down the river from the main tourist hub, it’s everything your mind conjures up when you hear the word “Chinatown;” it’s colourful, noisy, busy, constantly moving and bumping into you. It smells amazing and foreign, there’s stuff absolutely everywhere, with shops not merely contained to their physical stores, but with their wares spilling out onto the side walk. It’s tuk tuks and motorbikes masterfully dodging and weaving down the narrowest alleys possible, and making it look as simple as pushing a supermarket trolley through a wide open parking lot.
It’s people + craziness + market + food, which equals my heaven.
Here are some of my favourite shots from my visit in January…
What’s the Chinatown in your city like? Always looking for recommendations to add to my travel bucket list!
2 thoughts on “Photo Journal: Bangkok’s Chinatown”
If you ever find yourself in the area again I highly recommend Little India, one boat stop along from Chinatown (or a short tuk tuk ride) – it’s like an Indiatown – which I think more cities should have! Amazing authentic curries and samosas and a market with all manner of imported beauties. Here’s a little post I did about it last year: http://cornishkylie.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/little-india/