Here is a short video that shows some scenes from Chinese New Year celebrations (not the current ones, but a past one from the year of the pig). It also explains some of the things that makes the Chinese New Years celebrations in Bangkok special and unique. The video also shows how two white Jade lions, which have been given to Thailand as a gift from China, will be accepted by members of the royal Thai family. You can also see a traditional Thai dance performance.
Hope this video made you come to visit Chinatown – it’s a truly unique and fascinating place in this city.
Chinatown Bangkok has a unique atmosphere at night. There are the quite, dark sois, but there’s also the loud, in your face, busy Yaowarat, which basically turns into a huge food bazaar at night with hundreds of vendors selling meals and snacks from all regions of China.
Some of the food here is supercheap and ultrayummy – but there are also restaurants that cater to big spenders who want to indulge themselves in the luxuries of high-society life.
If you’re a foodie, you are going to love the area, because you could literally spend weeks just walking around here at night and sampling all kinds of foods.
Chinatown Bangkok is an interesting place also, because the residents here still to some extent preserve their Chinese culture. They work hard and honor their traditions. Of course, it is beginning to change with the young people now, who start to be assimilated into the global world as teenagers everywhere do these days, but when you walk around here you will still feel the uniqueness of the place.
Like roasted chestnuts? Then you’ll love Chinatown. You can find dozens of these vendors around Chinatown, especially around the popular Yaowarat Road.
These roasted chestnuts are not just tasty, but they are also very healthy. A big bag costs around 100 baht, and is more than pretty much any chestnut lover could eat on his own. These are Chinese chestnuts, also known as Castanea mollissima.
From wikipedia: The nuts are edible, and the tree is widely cultivated in eastern Asia; over 300 cultivars have been selected for nut production, subdivided into five major regional groups: Northern, Yangtze River Valley, Sichuan and Guizhou, Southern and Southwestern. Besides that, the Dandong chestnut (belonging to the Japanese chestnut – Castanea crenata) is a major cultivar in Liaoning Province. Some cultivars, such as ‘Kuling’, ‘Meiling’, and ‘Nanking’, have large nuts up to 4 cm diameter. The nuts are sweet, and considered by some to have the best taste of any chestnut, though others state they are not as good as the American Chestnut. The nuts also provide a significant food source for wildlife.
Just make sure to drink something along with the chestnuts, as they otherwise tend to make your mouth feel a little dry.
Here is a really nice shot that captures the atmosphere of Bangkok’s Chinatown after the sun set.
This is so typical of the small sois (sub-streets) of Chinatown. There often is a simple roof over them to protect from rain. And in this case, there are many Chinese-style lamps hanging down from the roof.
Even though it’s all wildly and seemlingly tastelessly and carelessly thrown together, somehow it has it’s own charm and a kind of fascinating atmosphere.