How To Get From Wat Pho To Chinatown (and vice-versa)

Looking at how to get from Wat Pho to Chinatown?

Situated next to The Grand Palace, Wat Pho is one of the major tourist attractions in the city of Bangkok. Meanwhile, a more up and coming area in the city is Chinatown. Situated along Yaowarat Road, Chinatown is the perfect place for foodies looking to taste some new culinary delights.

There’s a number of different ways you can get from Wat Pho to Chinatown. The right method of transport for you is likely to depend on how much time you have, your budget and the number of people you’re travelling with.

We’ll cover all those factors as we break down each transportation method below.

Tuk Tuk

The fastest way to get from Wat Pho to Chinatown is by Tuk Tuk. Using these small vehicles you can often bypass major traffic cutting through backstreets etc.

Tuk Tuk drivers will often heavily inflate their prices at major tourist sights such as Wat Pho so be sure to haggle, the driver will likely start at around 500 baht, however the journey should cost no more than 200.

Be sure to look out for the common tuk-tuk scam of stopping at jewellery or clothing stores.

Simply explain to the driver you’re not interested, and if at any point you’re unsure simply pay the driver, leave and get another tuk-tuk instead, there’s no shortage of drivers looking to take you around the city.

Walking

If you have some time to kill consider walking the 2km from Wat Pho to Chinatown. In doing so you’ll pass the likes of; Saranrom Park and the old Siam Shopping Plaza and begin to experience more of life in Bangkok for the locals.

Without stopping the walk should take you around 40 minutes. However, Helen and I often find these 2km walks take us around 2 hours as we like to stop at hidden gems, take photos and get lost (literally, we’re terrible at following maps).

They’ll be limited sign-posts on this journey so I’d suggest downloading Google maps for the region in advance or picking up a sim-card.

River Boat

Certainly, the most scenic route between Wat Pho and Bangkok’s Chinatown is taking the riverboat along the Chao Phraya River. For this journey, you’ll want to walk towards the river and board the boat at Tha Tien.

Pro Tip: The majority of tourists are also likely to take the riverboat back to where the BTS meets the river so you can try and follow them if you struggle.

You’ll want to get off the boat after a couple of stops at Rajchawongse. Before walking along Ratchawong Road until it meets Yaowarat road – the centre of Bangkok’s Chinatown. You can read more about the Chao Phraya Riverboat on their dedicated website which features timetables and the fare costs.

Taxi

The most comfortable way to travel from Wat Pho to Chinatown is in a taxi. While I would suggest a tuk-tuk over a taxi due to the short distance but if you prefer the safety of a taxi then there should be plenty around to take you from Wat Pho to Chinatown.

As I’ve discussed in previous articles featuring taxi’s within Bangkok please be sure that the taxi driver turns on the metre rather than pre-negotiating a price with you.

If you’re unsure or nervous about this then consider using GrabTaxi (Asia’s alternative to Uber) where you can get a pre-set price prior to travelling.

Bus

Fun fact, despite our numerous trips to Bangkok we’ve never taken a bus in/around the city centre. However, it’s one transport method you can use to travel from Wat Pho to Bangkok’s Chinatown.

You’ll be taking bus number #1, #25 or #53 from Charoen Krung Road next to Saranrom Park six stops to Khlong Thom Bus Stop.

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