Explore Phahurat road, Bangkok’s Little India and the center of traditional Indian bazaar representing typical Indian city market, which is connected to Chinatown, one of the most busy area in Bangkok with charming old shophouses and small lanes.
Meet our guide at the Hotel Lobby. Then proceed by BTS and connect with Chao Phraya Express boat to Yodpiman pier. Visit Pak Klong Talad, the 24 hours wholesale flower market including lotus, orchids, jasmine, roses, lilies, decorative leaves, and imported flowers. The market is the best place visitors will see all kinds of flower arrangements which are used in Thai traditions, religious ceremonies, and daily life. Enjoy learning about the art of traditional flower garland and lotus folding.
Take 10 minutes to walk to Chalermkrung Royal Theater, passing by Suankularb school, built in colonial style. The school was found by King Rama V in 1882 as the first educational institute in Siam to offer a modern curriculum. Several Thai great political leaders, lawyers, and businessmen were former pupils here. The theater was built in 1932 by King Rama VII to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Bangkok. It is today Bangkok’s famous “Khon Theater”, Thai classical masked performances depicting the story of Ramakian. Enjoy 25 minutes Khon performance here.
Walk to the Phahurat market, named after the princess Phahurat Manimai, a daughter of King Rama V with the Queen Saovapa Bongsi. The area is Bangkok’s biggest home of Sikhs Hindus and Muslim Indians, who migrated to Thailand during the late 19th century and made Phahurat Bangkok’s biggest center of wholesale and retail textile trading. Along the walk are not only textile shops but also Indian Jewelry, pictures of deities and household shrines. Visit the famous “Sri Guru Singh Sabha”, a six stories Sikh Temple locates in the center of the community.
Continue the walk through the small bustling Sampeng lane filled with old Chinese shop-houses selling dry and fresh cooking ingredients, tea, worship items, and Chinese food. Enjoy Chinese dim sum and noodles as lunch at one of the small local Chinese restaurants.
Explore Yaowarat road where several gold shops are located including the famous Tang Toh Kang gold shop, founded in 1870. It is the oldest gold shop in the city. The founder’s son was appointed jeweler to the royal court by King Rama IV.
Arrive at Wat Mangkon Kamalawat, the largest Chinese temple of China Town. Known by the locals as Wat Leng Noei Yi, the temple was found in 1871 with traditional Chinese architecture and is very popular among Chinese worshipers. Inside the temple are deities of Mahayana Buddhism, Taoism and Confucian belief including the goddess of mercy, Kuan Yin. Visit the temple and pay homage to the deities for good luck, successes, and longevity. Walk to the nearby MRT station and return to the hotel.