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Yaowaraj, Bangkok

The Chinese New Year is celebrated all across Thailand, but the biggest celebrations take place in Yaowaraj which is the Chinatown of Bangkok. It is one of the most popular gatherings for this festival and major roads are cordoned off from traffic. Imagine how crowded it must get that all four lanes of Yaowaraj Road must be blocked. The roads are flooded with people in red wishing each other ‘xin nian hao’ or ‘happy new year’. There’s undeniable, infectious energy in the air during this time. There isn’t much space to breathe on these busy roads, but you’re bound to feel a sense of community as you enjoy the Chinese New Year here.

Warorot Market, Chiang Mai

For a more sober celebration, Warorot Market in the historic town of Chiang Mai is where you should be. The streets are lined with food and souvenir stalls. Be prepared to walk the entire day and gorge on various delicacies prepared for the special occasion.

Charoen Krung Street, Bangkok

Charoen Krung Street in Bangkok is another place to be for a more held back kind of celebration. If you are interested in visiting a shrine during this time, Lengnoeiyi Temple and Mang Nguan Ha Shrine in front of Princess Mother Park are beautiful locations.

Talad Noi, Bangkok

Talad Noi district in Bangkok celebrates the Chinese New Year in a more sombre fashion. You don’t see the large crowds of Yaowarat, but you still find the same celebratory, chirpy atmosphere here. It is home to Chow Sue Kong Shrine which is the oldest Hokkien Chinese shrine in the city. It is a quiet neighbourhood with elaborate Chinese mansions and undeniable Chinese influence.