Our Thai Airways flight back from Phuket to Bangkok this morning, followed by an opportunity to explore Bangkok’s Chinatown.
It was mid afternoon by the time we got to our hotel, the Ibis Riverside again. Only two more nights in Bangkok before our flight home. So, no sooner had we checked in, than we were off out again exploring, keen to make the most of our remaining time in the capital.
We took the tourist express boat out to Ratchawong Pier. From here, all of Chinatown is easily accessible on foot. We passed the old shop-houses near to the pier, where families would have lived directly above their shops. Not far from the pier, we found the magnificent entrance to Peiing Public School. This was established in 1920 by Chinese merchants from the Teochew region, and students were originally only taught in the Teochew dialect.
A little further takes you into the commercial heart of Chinatown, with narrow market streets branching off a couple of very busy main thoroughfares.
It reminded us of our time in Hong Kong a couple of years ago, with all manner of strange Chinese ingredients available, and people busily going about their everyday lives. Preparations for the imminent Chinese New Year were well under way, and there were lucky red and gold decorations almost everywhere we turned!
Tomorrow, our last full day exploring Bangkok.