The re-emergence of Bangkok Chinatown – get there before the metro does

Bangkok Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world, and it’s as old as the city itself. Chinatown is at the bottom of Rattanakosin Island, which is the historic part of the city by the Chao Phraya River. Even without the Chinese-themed stores there is a distinct feel to this area compared to central Bangkok. Part of that is because there are few high rise apartments here, and there is no metro system (yet).

On my last few visits to Bangkok I’ve been spending more time in Chinatown. The nearest metro station is Hua Lamphong which sits on

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