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    The Other Side of Yaowarat: Exploring Bangkok's Chinatown

    June 6, 2024

    The Other Side of Yaowarat: Exploring Bangkok's Chinato

    When you look up ‘things to do in Bangkok’ you’ll find Chinatown at the top of most lists. Bangkok’s Chinatown is one of the largest in the world, and this area is hyped for good reason. There are plenty of tourist hotspots to visit here, but sometimes it’s nice to get away from the crowds of people. Let me share with you my favorite off-the-beaten-track destinations to explore in the iconic Bangkok Chinatown. 

    1. Wat Saket (Golden Mount)

    Wat Saket (Golden Mount)

    This temple is often overlooked by the much more popular Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and Wat Traimat but is still well worth a visit. The winding staircase to the top ends with a beautiful gold pagoda and breathtaking views of the city below. 

    2. Jedi Cafe 

    Jedi Cafe

    This quirky cafe has some of the best coffee and matcha that I’ve tried, period! The baristas take great care and skill when preparing the drinks, and the atmosphere of the cafe is modern and bright. There is an outdoor patio area set up along the klong (small canal) that runs behind the shop. Don’t miss the gorgeous street art of Wat Saket temple on the back wall of the building! 

    3. Sampheng Market 

    Sampheng Market

    This market is constantly bustling with locals and provides an authentic Thai experience. Specializing in wholesale accessories, shoes, and textiles, this market is also a great place to sample Thai street food and shop for souvenirs. 

    4. Gen Z Bar & Bistro

    This hipster rooftop bar has a patio complete with bean bag chairs and graffiti to appeal to the Gen Z crowd. Don’t let your age stop you, this is a chill place to grab a drink and relax after temple-hopping and market-shopping have you tired out. 

    5. Woodbrook Bangkok 

    Woodbrook Bangkok

    I know what you’re thinking…another cafe?! I’m a cafe-hopper through and through and there are too many good ones in this area not to share. Woodbrook is a cafe, hostel, and co-working space all in one. There’s even a nail salon on the first floor! What sets this cafe apart is its delicious Western-style brunch menu, artisan coffees, and a rooftop patio overlooking the Chao Phraya River. Bring your Tinder dates here and you’re sure to impress! 

    Your best bet to reach Chinatown is to take the MRT Blue line to Wat Mangkon station. You’ll find all these places within a 20-minute walking distance or a quick Grab ride away. Don’t be scared to wander the side streets and alleyways as you’ll surely discover more hidden gems along the way! 

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