Hop-on-hop-off Boat Tour via The Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand [Part 3 of 3 - Thai Chinatown]

in travelfeed •  3 months ago  (edited)

In this post, I continue yesterday's Chao Phraya hop-on-hop-off 3-part boat tour series discussing our adventures through Bangkok's Chinatown, commonly referred to in Thailand as Yaowarat. Before I continue, post one of this series may be found here while post number two may also be found here.

Post one was just a brief overview of the Chao Phraya River tour, also highlighting the upcoming posts in the series to follow

Post two detailed our visit to Thailand's monumental Temple of the Dawn, locally referred to as Wat Arun

Brief Overview of Yaowarat

This area, located in Bangkok's Samphanthawong District, is heavily populated by Chinese-Thai people, mainly originating from the Chinese Teochew immigrant population. This trade area, which is one of the largest Chinatown's in the entire world, has been around for more than a century, serving as a business district to Thai and tourists alike. The area offers copious shops such as gold shops, small retail vendor shops, numerous street and restaurant food options, and more. Yaowarat Road is also known as the road that never sleeps because it is filled with a wide variety of shops and delicious restaurants open late into the night, especially on the weekends.

Our hop-off at Chinatown

We started at Wat Arun and ventured our way back on to one of the five hop-on-hop-off ferries leaving from each of the nine piers every 30-minutes. A short wait, and we found our way back on the water taking in scenic views of Bangkok's downtown business district such as the one featured below.

View from the Chao Phraya aboard the hop-on-hop-off ferry

When it was time to hop-off the boat, we exited at Ratchawongse Pier. We took a short tuk tuk ride into town and then got off to walk around for a bit. We stumbled off the main road, getting away from heavy traffic and countless bike tours taking place throughout the city streets. We found ourselves a nice little back alley way which consisted of people's homes, small local restaurant joints, and small local businesses with Ltd. credentials.

Chillin' in the back of the tuk

Entering the quiet backstreet away from heavy traffic

Local restaurant owners chatting it up outside their shops

The alley was narrow, yet motor bikes still zoomed their way through. The alley way was full of cultural essence. Passing by numerous doorways, I often found myself peering into people's homes as they sat and enjoyed their lunch, watched television in their open living rooms, or prepared a meal in a traditional manner. Many times I didn't know what I was even looking at, but I took everything in as I passed by, stopping from time to time to take a more in-depth look at something that caught my eye.

We continued walking the backstreets for some time looking for a place to eat. We ended up stumbling into a market area. Each row of the market had its own unique niche. One row was dedicated to solely shoes, another was for hats, etc. It was definitely the retail area, and not quite what we were looking for. We were hungry by this time, as it was already going on 2 pm. We found ourselves to the main drag after fighting our way through a sea of people.

Thai Chinatown, Yaowarat Road

We ended up finding a place along the main road. It was very busy, filled with many locals, but also some tourists, too. The restaurant was inside and off the road, plus it was also air-conditioned. We decided to sit down. The temperature outside yesterday was in the low 90s. Hot, hot, hot.

We ordered some food and a couple local Thai beers.

Shrimp, squid, oyster salad

Singha local Thai beer, Bangkok, Thailand

I hope you enjoyed this short, 3-part travel series. If so, then please do upvote and resteem to help spread the word out about my current travels through SE Asia.

Thanks for reading & see you next time!

Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  

As a follower of @followforupvotes this post has been randomly selected and upvoted! Enjoy your upvote and have a great day!

You post has been manually curated by BDvoter Team! To know more about us please visit our website or join our Discord.

BDvoter Team

Thank you really appreciate this irie vote 🙏🏼

Posted using Partiko iOS

Congratulations! Your high-quality travel content was selected by @travelfeed curator @for91days and earned you a reward, in form of an upvote and a resteem. Your work really stands out! Your article now has a chance to get featured under the appropriate daily topic on our TravelFeed blog.
Thank you for being part of the TravelFeed community!

Did you know that you get larger upvotes when posting through TravelFeed.io? Also, thanks to the travel writing contest by @invisusmundi you can now earn up to 100 STEEM on top of the post rewards when posting through our new platform TravelFeed.io! Read the contest announcement for more information on how to participate.

We are continuously working on improving TravelFeed, recently we presented at SteemFest⁴, published our Android app and launched our Steem witness.

Please consider voting for us as a witness. If you're not sure how to do that, it's easy: Head over to our Support Us page and hit the witness voting button to vote with Steem Keychain, or Steemconnect if you are not a Keychain user. Alternatively, use this Steemconnect link or head over to the Steemit Wallet and enter travelfeed in the box.

Learn more about TravelFeed by clicking on the banner above and join our community on Discord.