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The Old Siam Plaza in Bangkok Chinatown

An indoor market in Old Bangkok

The Old Siam Plaza is a hidden treasure of Thai culture in Bangkok. It is one of those places people just consider old and outdated but is about to become a living museum. The area surrounding Old Siam is also a window into the past with its old movie theatre and Art Deco buildings.

The Old Siam Bangkok Chinatown

The Old Siam Plaza is divided into two main atriums and three floors. One area is where you will find all the food, I just love to wander through the many alleys, trying all the traditional snacks and sweets skillfully prepared right in front of you. Each stall seems to take great pride in its products and it’s a marvel to see how fast they can wrap a complicated ‘Mian Kham’ (see photo) where I always fail so miserably.

The Old Siam Bangkok Chinatown

Here are just a few of the many foods you can sample at The Old Siam Plaza. Here are a few of the many dishes we saw and tried:

Kanom Kuy Chai (Steamed dumplings)
Sa Koo Sai Moo (Sago steamed balls)
Kanom Sai Sai (sweet coconut milk steamed in banana leaves)
Mian Kham (my favourite!)
Pak Mor (flour dumpling with stuffing steamed in a clay pot)
Sala Pao (many kinds of steamed dumplings)
Woon Grob (Jelly mixed with a lot of sugar)
Kanom Buang (Crispy pancake with sweet or salty stuffing)
Kao Tang Savoey (Rice crackers)

Once you are done with your fun food sampling, don’t leave yet and go upstairs. You will find there an incredible amount of Thai silk shops. Many of these are also designing traditional Thai dresses for weddings and all kinds of traditional uniforms for special occasions. The work is incredible and the embroideries can be really intricate. I have never seen so many shades of colour silk, it’s a treat for the eyes.

The Old Siam Plaza in Bangkok Chinatown

Several shops also specialize in all the ceremony accessories and this is your chance de discover all kinds of traditional items you would never find in Pratunam market which seems always to be the favourite tourist market. We came here to buy silk to make our wedding costumes and the necessary accessories such as a golden belt and hairpins.

All these shops are largely underestimated, it really feels like stepping into the profound culture of Thailand and you won’t see many tourists there.

The Old Siam Bangkok Chinatown

The entire area surrounding Old Siam is also fun to explore, often dedicated to wedding necessities, some shops even specialize in this tiny gift you have to distribute to each of the guests of your wedding party. Surprisingly, you will also find a large number of firearms shops.

Old Siam is located not far from Yaowarat Road (Chinatown). The best way to go there is by taxi, but remember that traffic is pretty bad in this area.

The Old Siam Plaza Info

Address: 12 Tri Phet Rd, Wang Burapha Phirom, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok 10200
Hours: 9 am – 8 pm
Phone: 02 226 0156
Opened: 1993

The Old Siam Plaza Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Born in France a long long time ago, I started to travel the world early until I settled in Phuket in 1994. For the past 30 years, my passion for photography and my curiosity have taken me to every corner of Phuket, Bangkok and everywhere I could go in Thailand. My goal is to share my discoveries, photos and tips to help travellers plan their holidays by making Phuket 101 as easy as possible to use for everyone!