Life in Bangkok’s Chinatown district

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My internship in PATA started together with the year 2016. In the first week of my stay in Thailand I didn’t go to many places, but I did make a visit to the Bangkok’s Chinatown. As a citizen of China PRC I am always curious about different ways of life – particularly those that I am not familiar with. It is always interesting to witness how Chinese people live outside of their home towns and I was also curious to monitor the behavior of Chinese tourists visiting the city.

Bangkok’s Chinatown is a concentration of retail stores selling so many different items, from gold to dried seafood. To be frank I did not have such a good experience in this place. What surprised me most of all were the crowds and the narrow spaces to walk between each street stall. It seemed like a disorganised version of the night market in Taipei. Foreigners may think that the items for sale are authentic and appealing, but not to me. One thing that I cannot deny is the good taste of cuisine, especially the Siu Mei (Chinese rotisserie-style cooking).