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

Situated next to The Grand Palace, Wat Pho is one of the major tourist attractions in the city of Bangkok, Thailand. A more newly emerging tourist attraction is the Chinatown district. Somewhere we started our food tour on our most recent trip to the city.

Getting from Wat Pho to Chinatown is super easy and makes for a great addition to your day exploring the city. In this guide, we’ll cover how to get from Wat Pho to Chinatown using multiple forms of transport to ensure you maximise your time in Bangkok.

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. Be sure to arrange a price for the journey prior to getting in the tuk-tuk and don’t be afraid to negotiate slightly.


If you’ve time to spare then consider travelling from Wat Pho to Chinatown in Bangkok on foot. 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. The distance is around 2km and has little to no inclines so the journey should take around 30 minutes.

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. 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.


Certainly, the traditional route of getting around a city, taking a taxi is always an option. 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.

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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 a service such as Uber or GrabTaxi.


Fun fact, despite our numerous trips to Bangkok we’ve never taken a bus in 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 (correct at the time of writing) from Charoen Krung Road next to Saranrom Park six stops to Khlong Thom Bus Stop.

That concludes our guide on how to travel between Wat Pho and Bangkok’s Chinatown. As always if you notice any differences in this guide based on your experience let us know in the comments below.

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