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Pratu Sun Yat Sen

Attractions

This nondescript arch marks a drama-tic moment, when China's nationalist revolutionary Sun Yat Sen fundraised in Bangkok - and was twice deported. A century...

Trok Prasai at Thanon Ratchawong
Free

Riverview Guesthouse

Hotels

Basic, but great value, quiet and clean, the Riverview offers a chance to experience 'old' Bangkok. The higher rooms overlook the Chao Phraya, as does the...

768 Thanon Songwad
Tags: Chinatown, B&B

Royal India

Critics' choiceBudget
Restaurants & cafés

Pahurat teems with small curry operations, most famously Royal India. Photos of Thai politicians adorn the walls, although as Thais tend to dislike Indian...

392/1 Thanon Chakraphet

Sala Chalermkrung

Critics' choice
Dance

Amid art deco and wrought-iron grandeur, condensed khon is staged at this early cinema with more narrative clarity and audience explanation than is provided...

66 Thanon Charoen Krung
Tags: Chinatown
Major venue

Sampeng Lane Market

Critics' choice
Shops

Sampeng's oldest market is losing some charm, but remains an epic alley crammed with bric-a-brac, costume accoutrements, honking motorbikes, smoky quarters...

Soi Wanit 1
Major venue

San Jao Sien Khong

Critics' choice
Attractions

Behind Riverview Guesthouse, this 200-year-old riverbank shrine comes alive during the Vegetarian Festival (Oct), when it stages Chinese opera and...

Soi Wanit 2
Free

Shanghai Mansion

Critics' choice
Hotels

It's little overstatement to say this boutique hotel is electrifying, and it's not just the acidic colour scheme: it has a real buzz to it. The rooms are...

479-481 Thanon Yaowarat

Shangri-La Restaurant

Restaurants & cafés

This institution (with four branches in Bangrak) is the kind of full-throttle Chinese place that belongs in the movies. It's big, always busy with families,...

306 Thanon Yaowarat

Siam Commercial Bank

Critics' choice
Attractions

An ATM in a stucco sentrybox marks Thailand's first bank building (1904), a classical Italian-built edifice set in riverside gardens behind a humungous...

1280 Thanon Yotha
Free

Soi Texas

Critics' choice
Restaurants & cafés

Visit Soi Texas by day and there's not much to see. But by night, customers in this hectic spur off Yaowarat dig into lobster-sized river prawns, mud crabs,...

Thanon Phadungdao

Soom Pratu Chalerm Prakiat

Attractions

Chinatown's ceremonial arch commemorated King Rama IX's 72nd birthday in 1999, the illustrious sixth cycle of both Thai and Chinese 12-year calendars. It...

Odeon Circle
FreeMajor venue

Sri Guru Singh Sabha

Attractions

Sikh community life revolves around their principal temple, a four-storey tower topped by gilded onion domes. Vendors skirting the base sell garlands,...

Thanon Pahurat
Free

Talad Fai Chai

Shops

Every Saturday, night vendors pitch trestles and mats to flog miscellany from amulets to old postcards. It's called Talad Fai Chai (Flashlight Market) as...

Around Central Hospital on Thanons Luang

Talad Khlong Thom

Shops

Foreigners rub chest-to-shoulder with Thais amid engines, wheels and other machinery in an area also rife with electrical repairers and homewares.

Thanon Mahachak

Talad Pahurat

Critics' choice
Shops

The heart of Little India, Pahurat is awash with fabrics and textiles, from rainbows of saris to Thai and Chinese silks, synthetics and cottons. Winding...

Thanon Chakkaphet & Thanon Pahurat
Major venue