Chinatown at night is well known throughout the entire country for one thing: food! The endless treats on offer here are certainly the main draw and an evening of food exploration down Yaowarat is a highlight to any stay in Chinatown. Talat Kao fresh market also comes alive at night with all manner of curious and exotic food, while the legendary fresh flower market is also close by and definitely worth exploring.
There are a few other interesting ways to spend your evening here, such as a few drinks at a little known revolving rooftop bar, or heading to Soi Nana Chinatown, one of Bankok's coolest bar-hopping streets. Find out all the information you need to enjoy your nights in Chinatown below.
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Yaowarat Food Exploration
At night, Yaowarat Road – the high street of Bangkok’s Chinatown – transforms into one of the greatest street food locations in the world. Locals and visitors can be seen all along the main thoroughfare sampling their way through all that there is to offer, turning dinner into an evening of exploration. It can be confusing at first but with a sense of adventure it can be a lot of fun. Popular offerings include dim sum, oyster omelets, flat noodles in a pepper broth, and lots of fresh seafood. There are also many exotic fruits on offer, as well as homemade ice-cream (we love coconut, but for something truly Thai go for durian). Traffic is very bad in this area so we recommend taking the MRT Underground to Hua Lamphong Station, and then either a 15 minute walk or a short tuk-tuk ride.
China Princess Hotel Rooftop Bar
For less than 100 baht, the cost of a drink including a draft beer at 75 baht only, get a surprising panoramic view of Chinatown and beyond, all the way to the Chao Phraya river at Sky View 360˙Restaurant Rooftop Bar and Restaurant. It is located on the revolving top floor of the China Princess Hotel and it takes about two hours to complete a full round; you barely notice any movement. The restaurant serves also Thai, European, Japanese and Chinese with old fashioned waiters and waitresses with live piano background music. This viewpoint is not very well known and is a great place to take an air conditioned break any time between 17:00 and 01:00 after a tiring exploration of busy Chinatown.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 01:00
- Location: Charoen Krung Road next to Old Siam Plaza
Tep Bar is a cool bar presenting classic Thai drinks and entertainment in a fun and engaging way. Located in Bangkok’s Chinatown. This hip venue offers traditional live music and no shortage of cocktails. Tep Bar is located on Soi Nana off of Maitrijit Road, a five-minute walk from the Hua Lamphong MRT Subway Station. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tue - Thu, Sun 17:00 - 24:00, Fri - Sat 17:00 - 01:00
- MRT: Hua Lamphong
- Address: 69-71 Soi Nana, Maitrijit Road, Yaowarat
- Tel: +66 (0)98 467 2944
Bangkok Flower Market (Pak Klong Talad) is the biggest wholesale and retail fresh flower market in Bangkok. The market has all kinds of popular flowers and flora-related items, including roses, forget me nots, orchids, lilies and more. Bangkok Flower market is located on Chak Phet Road near Saphan Phut or the Memorial Bridge. Open 24 hours, Pak Klong Talad is most lively after midnight. If you want to see the market in full action, though, the best time to go is pre-dawn or at 3:00-4:00. This is when the roadside transforms into a kaleidoscope of bright, blooming colours, as vendors receive floral goods from each flower-growing area in the country. Wholesalers bring in truckloads of freshly cut flowers, while traders and retailers come to buy their stock in bulk. It can be quite a chaotic scene, and vendors may be less patient when dealing with visitors. If you go during this period, it’s best to just observe and absorb the surrounding atmosphere. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 24 hours, more popular during night time
- Location: Chak Phet Road, the Memorial Bridge or Saphan Phut Chao Phraya pier
Talat Kao is one of the oldest markets in Bangkok and has acted as the central market and trading place in Chinatown for over a century. Famous for its Chinese delicacies including sharks fins, dried abalone, fried puffed up fish stomachs (fish maw) and steamed bird’s nests, this is not a place for the faint hearted. Come at night for an insightful opportunity into the culinary culture of the Chinese, and for those who prefer more simplicity in a meal, dumplings, noodles and freshly squeezed orange juice are all readily available.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 - late
- Location: Middle of Yaowarat, Soi Ta Lat Kao
Teens of Thailand is a cool bar in Chinatown, located on the latest nightlife hot spot of Bangkok, Soi Nana (not to be confued with Soi Nana on Sukhumvit). Don’t be fooled by the questionable name! This converted shophouse specialises in uniquely spiced gin cocktails that earned it a title as one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars in 2016. Teens of Thailand Bar is located on Soi 76 Nana in Yaowarat, a seven-minute walk from the Hua Lamphong MRT Subway Station. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Tue - Sun 19:15 - 24:00
- MRT: Hua Lamphong
- Address: Soi 76 Nana, Yaowarat, Chinatown
- Tel: +66 (0)96 846 0506
Walking into El Chiringuito in Bangkok feels like walking into a chic bar in Madrid. If you are in the mood for tapas and enjoy a cozy atmosphere, you won’t want to miss out on this lovely venue situated in Bangkok’s historic Chinatown. El Chiringuito Bar is located on Soi 221 Soi Nana, a five-minute walk from the Hua Lamphong MRT Subway Station. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Thu - Sun 18:00 - 24:00
- MRT: Hua Lamphong
- Address: Soi 221 Nana, Charoenkrung Road, Yaowarat
- Tel: +66 (0)85 126 0046
For a taste of Bangkok’s flourishing contemporary art scene, visit Cho Why in the city’s old Chinatown district. This gallery takes an interactive, engaging approach to sharing art; many of their events spill out into the street rather than remain behind closed doors. Cho Why is located on Soi Nana, which is a five-minute walk from the Hua Lamphong MRT Subway Station. Read More...
- MRT: Hua Lamphong
- Address: 17 Soi Nana, Charoenkrung Road, Yaowarat
Cotton Jazz Bar in Shanghai Mansion boutique hotel is one of Bangkok’s premier live music venues and certainly the best place in Chinatown to sit back with a cocktail and listen to some quality musicians do their thing. The design concept of this bar is stunning, full of genuine Chinese antiques and amazing portrait paintings. The idea with Cotton, and indeed the whole hotel, is to bring the opulence and grace of a 1930s Shanghainese merchant’s house into 21st century Bangkok, and it is expertly executed. Come to Cotton for dinner and sample some Chinese and Thai specialities, then move onto a few cocktails in time for the band that plays anything from avant garde jazz to swing. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:30 - 22:30 (live music from 21:00)
- Address: 479-481 Yaowarat Road, Chinatown
- Tel: +66 (0)2 221 2121