Old Town- Chinatown,
The old Bangkok town is the original area of Bangkok when it was
first established as the capital over 200 years ago. Here are located
the Grand Palace, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Temple of
the Reclining Buddha, two universities and several ministries.
The town was formerly surrounded by walls. Now only a few sections
are preserved as historic sites. It is from this side of the Chao
Phraya River that one takes a boat to visit the Temple of Dawn and
the canals nearby.
Chinatown is located just to the southeast of the old town. It
began to take shape at the same time of the establishment of Bangkok,
when the Chinese inhabiting the old town areas were moved outside
the city walls. The gold shop street named Yaowarat, and the Temple
of the Gold Buddha are in Chinatown.
Sukhumvit to New Phetburi
Sukhumvit Road is one of the three longest roads in Thailand, stretching
right up to the Cambodian border in the East. But what concerns
us here is the section from the inner city down to Sukhumvit 63
(Soi Ekkamai) (air-con Bus station)
The cream of this district lies inside the lanes (Soi) branching
off the road, where there are numerous fashionable residences ,
hotels, apartment buildings and guest houses, and also a large number
of really good restaurants. In the section from Soi Nana (Sukhumvit
3 & 4) crossroads (Nana Plaza, Go-Go's and Beer bars etc.) to Soi
Sukhumvit 21 ( Asok Intersection ) (Soi Cowboy, again bars, A Go-Go's
etc.) , there are many shops catering to foreign tourists, where
jewellery, leather goods, ready-made garments and souvenirs are
sold also tailoring, car rental and other services are offered.
To the north of Sukhumvit Road is the extension of Phetburi Road
which, is rather quiet in the daytime. After dark however, the long
street is brightened with colourful neon signs and enlivened by
people going out to enjoy themselves in dozens of entertainment
places scattered along the street.