Chinatown is a colourful, noisy, busy area and home to Bangkok’s Chinese community. The Chinese residents used to live in the area where the Old City is, but Rama I decided to move the capital city across the river in 1782, and in doing so relocated the Chinese community. Chinatown is dotted with Chinese shrines and the streets are packed with market stalls, gold shops, Chinese medicine stores, wholesale spice shops and snack stalls. Whilst you’re there, eat some dim sum in one of the many Chinese restaurants. Its almost like a rite of passage, the experience of a meal here.