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Bangkok - Chinatown

Located on Yaowarat Road in Bangkok, Thailand, this Chinatown was remarkably founded at the same time as the city itself, in 1782.


It looks like chaos as some of the movable carts are handed tickets by the pleasant passing police. However, step back and you'll see that most of the street stalls are staples of their location which makes it handy to find what you are after.  You'll recognize the best places by looking at our photographs below.

Our strategy was to eat little and often at the many stalls and carts strewn along the main drag.  Shark-fin soup consisting of cartilage which tastes sweet with a terse yet complex texture.

Star of the street was a pork stall near the left hand and opposite end of the roda from the huge Chinese gate. It sells one dish; a pork soup stew with everything that comes from a pig and we mean everything. Our delicate culinary dispostion meant we decided to keep it simple and opted to leave out the innards, leaving just the juicy and crispy pork belly, utterly amazing.  Pick up some ice cream or a sweet afterwards as you soak up the atmosphere and catch some sizzling cooking skills.


Bangkok is buzzing at all hours, day and night, we snuggled up in the serene Anantara Bangkok Riverside.  A lush leafy resort and a haven from the brooding bustling city beyond it's walls.  You'll be well looked after here and is the perfect antidote, nestled perfectly in juxtaposition to the city's boundless energy.


You can go the backpacker route and head to Ko Shan Road, where cheap drinks, bars, ladyboys and ping pong shows await.  Alternatively after filling yourself full of superb street food, hit a roof top bar.  The Hilton Millennium offers spectacular vistas with a choice of an outside and inside venues and quite a chilled evening.  This being Bangkok the music can be slightly dodgy but shake that off and you're in for a lovely night.  

For a livelier experience head to Sirocco at the State Tower, situated on the 64th floor, it's host to a busy night packed with expats, tourists and locals. Get there before 9pm as it fills up quick.  

Click on the photos below for full images.

Further Info: Chinatown Food Map http://www.bangkok.com/magazine/6-restaurants-chinatown.htm#