Having only been in Thailand for a couple of weeks, it’s strange how quickly it’s starting to feel just like home. Each morning, my roommate and I will wake up early to get a nice breakfast at 7/11 or at the canteen, or we’ll stay in our room and eat some granola or oatmeal. Then, we hop on the shuttle right outside our dorm, head to class and meet up with our other classmates. After, we’ll get our lunch and head back to our rooms for the remainder of the afternoon, either to finish our assignments, take a nap, do some laundry, or make plans for the rest of the evening.
On days where we have afternoon classes, planing out the rest of the day means we’re more on a time crunch, especially since we’re still a good distance away from Bangkok, but we decided to hit up Chinatown earlier next week after our visit to the Grand Palace. Strolling through parts of Chinatown just brings me back memories of Taiwan and all the scents, sights and energy makes me feel even closer to home.
We arrived pretty early in Chinatown-if you really want to stay for the food and nightlife, it’s better to come later when it’s more crowded and more shops are open. Chinatown in Bangkok is located on Yaowarat Road, and it’s super popular for all its foodstalls.
Crossing the busy streets is quite the challenge in these streets, but I think we’ve managed to master the art of it quite well.
In terms of shopping, we didn’t see many options, mainly because a lot of the places here want you to buy wholesale, and we weren’t thinking of having 6 pairs of shoes.
There are a lot of famous restaurants in Chinatown, but there are plenty of street food options as well!
We had also hoped to see Wat Arun since it wasn’t too far from the other temples we had visited, so we decided to head to The Deck, a restaurant that sits right on the edge of the Chao Phraya river with some beautiful views of Wat Arun (got to skip out of entrance fees for this temple and just view it from across!) Also, Wat Arun is currently undergoing a lot of construction right now, and there’s scaffolding all around, which you might be see in this picture. Anyways, The Deck was actually fully booked, so the waiters referred us to a restaurant just a couple minutes down, cleverly named The Bitter Deck, which also offers stunning views of the river and Wat Arun.
The famous Wat Arun, also known as the Temple of Dawn.
Michael decided to be adventurous and order some ostrich-I actually tried it, and it doesn’t taste too different from beef or chicken (actually those two are completely different but I’m not that picky with meat).
I went for a very simple chicken fried rice. Light and refreshing but not all that flavorful.
Marisa and Jess both ordered the Tom Kha Gai, which is the chicken coconut soup, and a staple at most Thai restaurants. Good portion sizes and super yummy.
For dessert, we each shared a plate of mango sticky fried rice that came with a little dollop of coconut ice cream and simultaneously devoured in less than 3 minutes.
At night, we stayed for the beautiful views of Wat Arun, which is sometimes lit up at night. Unfortunately, this night it wasn’t lit up but we still got stunning views beside the river, and there’s even a rooftop bar at Bitter Deck so you can get even better views of Wat Arun and sights of Bangkok.