1 Thian Fah Foundation Hospital (Hospital open Mon-Sat 9am-3pm. Shrine open 5:30am-10pm)
Begin your journey at the historic Chinese medicine hospital, which was founded 110 years ago by five Chinese families in order to offer free medical services to underprivileged citizens. Visitors can make merit by donating some money to the foundation and also visit the Chinese-style shrine to pray to the sacred woodcraft statue of the Guanyin Goddess (Chao Mae Kuan Im) for good health and prosperity.
2 Kanom Bueng Werng Nakhon Kasem (Open daily 7pm-11pm)
Start your mini food feast with this traditional Thai snack. Kanom bueng is a pan-fried, crispy crepe that comes with several toppings such as foi tong (sweetened egg yolk threads) and coconut. This place’s special ingredient is the egg they spray onto the perfectly crispy crepe, before filling it with the foi tong. One piece is never enough.
3 Seafood Soi Texas (Open daily 7pm-11pm)
Officially named Phadung Dao Road but more commonly known to locals as Soi Texas, the lane gets its moniker from the famous sukiyaki-cum-karaoke place located here. At the beginning of the soi, there are two popular seafood places facing each other across the street. We have tried both and their taste, freshness of seafood ingredients and prices are not much different. You can enjoy ample grilled prawns, crabs and scallops and end up paying less then B1,000 for two people.
4 Kuay Jab Nai Ek (Open daily 9am-1am)
Inspired by a Southern Chinese recipe, kuay jab is roll-like rice noodle with crispy pork belly, blood and intenstines served up in a peppery clear soup. This is one of the most famous kuay jab vendors in town, thanks to a perfect mix of noodles, soup and fresh ingredients. If you come early in the evening, you might need to queue up for a table.
5 Guay Tiew Kua Gai (Open daily 8pm-1am)
Hidden in a tiny alley opposite Yaowarat’s Old Market a grumpy old couple have been serving up guay tiew kua gai (fried noodles with chicken) for decades. Every dish is cooked in a small brass wok, using a fork and spoon so it’s complicated and takes a bit of time but it does also ensure you get an amazing taste. A great end to your gastronomic stroll around Chinatown.