Study Trip

Discover the Secret Hideaways of Bangkok Chinatown

Saturday, 26 October 2019, 9am – 4.30pm
Leader: Dr Yongtanit Pimonsathean, Honorary Advisor to The Siam Society Council and Mrs Eileen Deeley, The Siam Society Council Member


Photo © Navamintr Vitayakul


The new MRT Blue Line has granted people as well as new development the ease of access to Bangkok's most charming old commercial district, Bangkok Chinatown (Yaowarat). However, the community now faces the question of how to make the new expansion and old charm blend in harmoniously with respect to the original values of the area itself.

To honor Yaowarat as an important historical learning neighbourhood that reflects Thai cultural diversity, Dr Yongtanit Pimonsathean and Mrs Eileen Deeley will conduct a day trip for members and non-members to discover Yaowarat’s hidden heritage. Members will explore and learn about Chinese art and culture through large and tiny Chinese and Vietnamese temples and shrines in small alleys of Yaowarat and Charoenkrung Road. Meet and discuss with two Chinese communities: one is working on preserving local traditions and history, while the other is restoring a huge group of over hundred years old shophouses. At lunch, you will experience the true taste of Bangkok Chinatown’s local delicacies served on the 25th floor of The Grand China Hotel Bangkok with panoramic view of the city and the Chao Phraya River.

The group will meet at 8.45am at Wat Mangkorn MRT station (Exit 3) and start walking at 9am. The trip will end at around 4.30pm at Luean Rit Community on Yaowarat Road.


The contribution of THB 2,900 (THB 3,400 for non-members) will cover a special lunch at the Grand China Hotel Bangkok, donation to sites of visit, and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. This trip is limited to 20 people, so please book your seat as soon as possible. Payment in full is required by Saturday, 12 October. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. Please pay by cash or cheque payable to “The Siam Society”. Alternatively, you can transfer the money to The Siam Society travel account at the TMB Bank, Asoke Branch, saving account no.053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.

For further information and bookings please contact Khun Jarunee at Tel.02-6616470-3 ext. 204 or Khun Supanut Tel.02-661-6470-3 ext. 506, Fax.02-258-3491 or email: jarunee@siam-society.org. The Society office is open from 9am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Please note that this trip will be conducted in English.

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Supanut.