To reach Chinatown Bangkok, you can use a bus or Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station that is very near. This is the main railway station in the city.
I officially know I’m in Chinatown Bangkok when I see the Chinatown Gate– The gate is a relatively recent addition to the sights of the city. It was built in 1999 to commemorate the King’s 72nd birthday and celebrates the cultural diversity of the modern city.
Really close to it stands the Golden Buddha Temple or Wat Traimit. This place holds the largest Buddha image in solid gold, and that’s why its name. The image is more than three meters high, weighs some five and a half tons and is most likely some 700 to 800 years old. The outside made of marble is majestic and I was really curious to visit this temple. Unfortunately, that wasn’t possible. I think I might have chosen the wrong day and hour. When I was getting really close, I start listening to the police and a lot of security blocking the road that leads to the temple and not allowing anyone getting close to the temple. They were telling me to hide the camera… I don’t know if it was the King that entered the place, or if it wasn’t, it should be someone really important for all the security dedicated to the reception of this black car.
From here I just walked through Chinatown Bangkok and if I found something interesting I would stop to watch it. On my way back I got the boat at the station in Chinatown to my Hostel. Riding these boats is always nice and cheap as I told before, and this time the journey was free as no one appear to sell my ticket. This might happen sometimes… It also happened to me on a bus ride. I guess when the transport is so full, sometimes the ticket seller might forget that he didn’t charge your ticket.
It was a pleasant ride with a nice view through other temples of Bangkok and a sight of the city.