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Bangkok’s Iconic Chinatown Experience: Sites & Street Bites

1. Bangkok’s Iconic Chinatown Experience: Sites & Street Bites

This walking tour will take you through Bangkok's historic Chinatown, a neighbourhood so rich in sights, sounds, and smells that it could only really be described as an assault on the senses (in a good way!). Taking a stroll through this neighbourhood is one of the best things to do in Bangkok, and with a local to guide you along, you'll never miss a beat. You'll begin this Bangkok Chinatown tour at Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station, it doesn't get any more old-school than this – the station is more than a hundred years old and one of Bangkok's architectural gems. There's plenty of action inside with locals coming and going, but catch it while you can. There are plans to close the station and replace it with a modern terminal in the next few years. Our first stop is Wat Traimit, the Golden Buddha Temple - an incredible sight to behold and one of the can't miss things to do in Bangkok. This stunning temple enshrines the world's largest solid gold seated Buddha from the Sukhothai Era, measuring nearly five metres high and weighing five and a half tonnes. Here your guide will let you in on the local secrets and history behind the Buddha, and the legendary tales that surround the original Buddha that sat there. This temple also houses the Yaowarat Chinese Heritage Centre where you'll learn all about the history of the Chinese people in Thailand and the fascinating relationship between these two countries. Next, you'll get into everything you've been waiting for – bring on the food! With your local guide, you'll head to a 100-year-old coffee shop on Phat Sai Road, where you'll be treated to a traditional Thai coffee, snack, and the opportunity to sit back and soak up the atmosphere. We'll then head to a market specialising in Chinese religious products and fresh food. At night, this particular area is filled with street stalls and becomes one giant and extremely tasty food bazaar. This will be your opportunity to go wild and try dishes you've never even heard of. But trust us, after this experience you'll never forget them! With a belly full of Bangkok treats, we'll head to our final stop, a hidden gem of a sky bar with 360-degree panoramic views to rival all others in the city. You'll have a chance to relax and refresh with a cold Thai local beer (soft drinks also available) while taking in the breathtaking scene. Your guide will point out Bangkok's significant sights, from the modern malls and skyscrapers, to the historic highlights such as The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and the Golden Mount. The tour will finish here where you're free to stay for more drinks and food or continue exploring. Your local guide will also be happy to assist you in finding your way back to your accommodation. This Bangkok Chinatown Sights and Bites tour is not only an opportunity to sample all the delicious delights that Chinatown has to offer, although we must admit that is a serious pro! It's all that food, plus history, culture, and local life. We couldn't pack any more into this tour if we tried!

Bangkok: Half-Day Temple and Grand Palace Private Tour

2. Bangkok: Half-Day Temple and Grand Palace Private Tour

Visit Bangkok's Wat Trimitr and Wat Pho temples as well as the Royal Grand Palace on a private guide tour with multiple language options and hotel pickup service. See spectacular pagodas and golden Buddha statues while getting a deep understanding of Thai culture. After your hotel pickup, start your tour at the Wat Trimitr temple, home of the largest known solid gold Buddha image in the world. Learn about the fascinating history of the 700-year old statue that stands at 15 feet tall and weighs approximately 5.5 tons. Continue through Bangkok’s thriving Chinatown district to the grounds of the Wat Pho temple, a large and extensive monument neighboring the Grand Palace enclave. Here, discover the massive gold plated Reclining Buddha, measuring 46 meters long and 15 meters high, with beautifully inlaid mother-of-pearl soles. Considered to be one of the worlds’ most famous temples, Wat Pho is also regarded as the first center of public education and is sometimes called ‘Thailand’s first university’. Well-known for its Thai massage services within the temple walls, many come here to relax and enjoy a peaceful day. Lastly, head to the Grand Palace, which is situated close to the Chao Phraya, Bangkok’s River of Kings. Explore the public areas of Bangkok’s most popular tourist attraction. Built in 1782 by King Rama, the palace is still often used for royal ceremonies today.

Bangkok: The Chinatown Mystery Exploration Game

3. Bangkok: The Chinatown Mystery Exploration Game

Solve challenges and move the story forward while seeing the sights in Bangkok's Chinatown with this city exploration game for your phone. Get exact directions that will guide you to each location. Start the game at Hua Lamphong subway station and move through Chinatown as you unlock each new exciting piece of the story. Explore at your own pace, pause the game and resume anytime from the same place. Finish your adventure at the Wedding store. Download the app to your phone so you can play without mobile data. Go on an adventure by yourself, or with a group while learning about Bangkok's fascinating Chinatown neighborhood.

Bangkok: Chinatown and Wat Traimit Self-Guided Walking Tour

4. Bangkok: Chinatown and Wat Traimit Self-Guided Walking Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map all in one. Once downloaded, your tour will begin at Wat Traimit itself: the Temple of the Golden Buddha. In the courtyard, you’ll get a good look at the impressive structure while your audio companion explains the significance of the ancient temple. Then you’ll proceed inside, where you’ll get an up-close look at the famous statue from which this temple gets its name. The enormous 11,000 lb Golden Buddha is hard to miss! Here, you’ll hear the dramatic history behind this Buddha, including how it was almost lost to the sands of time! When ready, you’ll continue next to the impressive Chinatown Gate, which mimics the ancient, towering gates one might find in Chinese city centers. As you pass through it, the tour narrator will fill you in on why Bangkok’s Chinatown is so important… and so big. Make sure you bring an appetite for the next part of the tour! You’ll be strolling down Yaowarat Road, a premier destination for authentic and delicious street food. As you walk, you’ll hear recommendations for some of the best places to stop, including the first-ever Michelin-starred street food stall! As you continue toward Sampeng Lane, you’ll also learn why Buddhism is so important to Thailand and how it spread there in the first place. Finally, you’ll arrive at Sampeng Lane, a shopping destination like no other. If you’re looking for a souvenir to remind you of your trip, this sprawling market is the best place to be. Your tour concludes here.

Bangkok: 3 Guided City Walking Tours

5. Bangkok: 3 Guided City Walking Tours

On our guided walking tours through Bangkok, you’ll explore the city through every era, being entranced by its vivid colours and powerful scents. Find out all about the city’s illustrious cultural, political, and religious landmarks, as well as its cool neighbourhoods and lesser-known gems. If you don't have time to join our tours on the same day, don't worry! Your ticket is valid for 3 days from first use. Enjoy our delightful walking tours around this dazzling city. Use the free Vox City app (included in your ticket) to discover more of Bangkok and its incredible history with curated self-guided tours through the main quarters! 'Historic Siam' includes: Wat Ratchapradit Pi Kun Bridge Mahakan fortress Rommaninat Park Tanao Road Wat ratchabophit Bangkok City Hall 'Bangkok Cultural Gems' includes: Wat Ratchaburana Drum Tower Wat Pho Phahurat market Sampheng area Museum of Siam Mon bridge 'Chinatown by Night' Tang Toh Kang Golden Shop Wat Mangkon Kamalawat Nana Plaza Jek Pui curry rice Charoen Krung Rd Our 7 self guided route's main sights: Wat Pathum Wanaram Erawan Shrine Talat Phlu Siam Square Wat Chana Songkhram Ratchaworamahawihan Phra Sumen Fort Chiao Eng Biao Shrine Siam Commercial bank Wat Hong Rattanaram Guan Yu shrine Wat Kanlayanamit Woramahawihan Wat Khun Chan ...and many more!

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What people are saying about Golden Buddha, Bangkok

We met at the main train station. Honestly the worst part of the whole experience was FINDING our guide, mostly because our Grab taxi could not find the location according to the info that we were given. Thank heaven for some friendly Thai citizens that helped us on our way. The guide, Amin, was super kind and friendly and did a fabulous job winding us through the crowded streets of Chinatown. I loved visiting the Temple and history musuem. It was fascinating to better understand how the Chinese people came to Thailand and influenced it's culture. Amin did a great job of taking us to numerous vendors and trying street food--mango sticky rice was my favorite, but the pad thai was also really good! We ended the evening at a rooftop bar of a local hotel in Chinatown, sipping cool drinks and watching the sun set over Bangkok. It was a fabulous tour!

great tour

I was the only guest on this tour due to low season. So I had my tourguide Gof for myself and could ask lots of questions. The tour was a mix of walking, going on boat and on Tuk Tuk, and after visiting a temple we went through Chinatown including the Sampeng market before we had dinner at a chinese restaurant. Gof and I had lost of Wan tans or whatever it was, I left the ordering up to her and we had good fun. The evening closed with a visit to the flower market which was a great experience as well. I can recommend this tour.

Our tour guide was great! Funny and smart. Our tour got stuck in the rain and he went out of his way to get us ponchos. He was awesome. I forgot his name but I’m sure all the tour guides for this tour are good. Thanks!

We had THE BEST TIME!! Small group, four in total and our guide was AMAZING!! She was so knowledgeable and accommodating. So fun & worth every penny!!!

Very nice trip. The guide was very good!! Negative: I was the only person... I would recommend the trip to other persons!