CHINATOWN / YAOWARAT ROAD
Chinatown lies on the elongated Yaowarat Road in Bangkok and is known for its many (gold) shops and Chinese medicine sellers. Yaowarat Road has many narrow busy side streets/streets with food stalls, restaurant and market stalls. Once you are in the maze of Chinatown there is often nothing else to do but to be completely surprised. Nine times out of ten you get lost within 5 minutes and you can throw your created planning of the day overboard. But that’s what’s so nice about Chinatown! The smell of special bites, looking out your eyes, getting completely lost and the sweat running down your back, that’s Chinatown!
The first Chinese who came to Siam (as Thailand used to be called) were mainly poor farmers looking for work. Besides the good trade across the river, Chinatown did not have a good name, good money was made in brothels, opium pawns and gambling houses. You must know that this was not at the place where Chinatown is now located, but a bit more to the north, the place where the famous Grand Palace now stands! When King Rama I moved the former capital from Thonburi to Rattanakosin for security reasons he made Thonburi the capital of Thailand. The Chinese traders were asked to leave the area. In this way the Chinese ended up a bit lower on the river. The popular Sampeng Market used to be called Sin Allay because there was a lot of illegal trade. Nowadays there is no trace of it anymore.
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