terça-feira, 8 de maio de 2012


Apresento as imagens que fui captando
na minha primeira saída do Hotel


a rua onde ficava o hotel, percorria-a no sentido norte
e ia explorando
tudo o que ia encontrando pelo caminho

Yaowarat Road (Thai: ถนนเยาวราช) in Samphanthawong district
is home to Bangkok's Chinatown,
which is centered on Sam Pheng Lane (ซอยสำเพ็ง numbered as Soi Wanit 1.)
Chinatown's Sam Peng Market (ตลาดสำเพ็ง) is an old business
center noted for a post-WW II visit by the young king Ananda Mahidol.
Modern Chinatown now covers a large area around Yaowarat
and Charoen Krung Road. There are many small streets
and alleys full of shops and vendors selling all types of goods.
It has been the main centre for trading by the
Chinese community since they moved from their old site
some 200 years ago. Nearby Phahurat or Indian market.
Yaowarat Road is also famous for many varieties
of delicious foods, and it becomes "foods street" at night.

Ia andando
e encontrando placas de indicação
de mais TEMPLOS
um a 200 metros
outro a 500 metros

Chinatown is located in one of the oldest areas of Bangkok.

Yaowarat and Phahurat (Thai: เยาวราชและพาหุรัด) is Bangkok's multicultural district, located west of Silom and southeast of Rattanakosin.
Yaowarat Road is the home of Bangkok's sizable Chinese community, while those of Indian ethnicity have congregated around Phahurat Road.
By day, Yaowarat doesn't look that much different from any other part of Bangkok, though the neighbourhood feels like a big street market and there are some hidden gems waiting to be explored.
But at night, the neon signs blazing with Chinese characters are turned on and crowds from the restaurants spill out onto the streets, turning the area into a miniature Hong Kong (minus the skyscrapers).

Yaowarat is centred,
as could be expected,
around Yaowarat Road,
a big road bursting with neon signs.

5 comentários:

tulipa disse...

Phahurat is an excellent place for buying fabrics, accessories and religious paraphernalia.

A visit to the area is not complete without having some of its amazing delicacies that sell for an absolute bargain — such as shark fin soup,
bird's nest or some Indian curries.

tulipa disse...

Compared to the rest of the city, this district is fairly compact and can best be explored in a full-day (and night) walking tour.

You'll come across street markets, shop houses,
gold shops, beautiful remnants of colonial-style architecture and some interesting temples.

Instead of tramping from temple to temple, this neighbourhood is mostly about catching a brief peek into commercial Bangkok as it has been the last two centuries.

Rushing through won't be rewarding—take your time instead,
sitting at a plastic chair and watching local traders sell their wares.

As the street markets are not targeted to foreigners,
you will find a wide array of products:
ceramics, fabrics, gold, tacky teenager ware, ant-killer chalk, Bollywood movies, ginseng roots.

Who knows what you'll end up with at the end of the day.

It is best to come during weekdays, as many stores close during the weekends.

Also keep in mind that most shops close at 17:00 after which most of the area gets pretty much deserted (Yaowarat Road being a noteworthy exception).


Estimada Amiga Ester Afonso,
Para quem após umas longas horas de viagem, um pequeno passeio até ajuda a aliviar o jet leg.
A China Town conheço bem, e vou lá muitas vezes, nele se encontra a segunda igreja católica construiída em Bangkok pelos portugueses.
Quanto à comida e à sopa de barbatana de tubarão é carrissima, compras na zona nem pensar.
Abraço amigo

O Guardião disse...

Lugar onde nunca pousei mas que tem o fascínio do Oriente.

Sofá Amarelo disse...

Pensava que só havia uma China Town em Los Angeles, e que seria impenetrável, mas esta parece ser uma China Town pacífica como se depreende pelas fotos e pela excelente reportagem que fizeste nos idos de 2012.