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Bangkok’s Chinatown Set to Dazzle with Lunar New Year Celebrations Under Princess Sirindhorn’s Patronage

Yaowarat Road, the throbbing pulse of Bangkok’s vibrant Chinatown, was once again the stage for a spectacle that could only be described as a feast for the senses. Picture this: as January rolled in last year, a troupe of performers took to the streets, their movements fluid and explosive in equal measure. The lion dance – a dance of power, a dance of mystery – was performed with such precision, such fervor, that it felt as if the mythical beast itself was prancing among the throng of spellbound onlookers. Meanwhile, acrobats defied gravity in a show of flexibility and strength, catching the breaths of those who watched – a visual symphony that marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year celebrations, lovingly organized by the tireless folks at the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Samphanthawong District Office, and the spirited business operators within Chinatown itself. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

Fast forward to the present, and the anticipation is palpable, as Deputy Bangkok Governor Tavida Kamolvej unveiled plans for this year’s festivity with a significant announcement. On Feb 10, under the watchful eye of twilight at 5 pm, no less a figure than Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will grace the gates at the Odeon Circle, ushering in the Lunar New Year celebrations with a ceremony that promises to bridge the past with the present in the most spectacular fashion.

Indeed, the unveiling took place at a press conference this Monday, a direct follow-up to a strategic meeting amongst the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and various agencies primarily centered around ensuring the event’s safety. Among the rainbow of activities ready to dazzle attendees, lion dance performances will once again take center stage, their rhythmic beats and acrobatic marvels a tribute to the enduring Thai-Chinese heritage. Additionally, an exhibition will beautifully highlight the rich tapestry of Thai-Chinese relations, while workshops on Chinese lantern decorating offer a hands-on dive into the festivities.

Ms. Tavida stressed the importance of safety, with BMA and assorted agencies deploying security officers across designated locations, ensuring that the celebrations not only sparkle with excitement but also with a sense of security and well-being for everyone involved.

The revelry isn’t confined to Yaowarat Road alone. In a wonderful display of city-wide celebration, four out of the seventy-eight Chinese shrines dotted across the city, alongside revered department stores such as CentralWorld, Siam Paragon, and Iconsiam, are set to hold their unique Chinese New Year events, complementing the grandeur happening in Chinatown from Feb 9-10.

Amidst the festivities, the BMA raises a clarion call for environmental consciousness, urging attendees to partake in joyous celebrations responsibly. With air pollution, specifically the menacing fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns (PM2.5), being a concern, the collective effort to minimize practices contributing to smog levels, such as the burning of incense sticks, candles, or paper, has been emphasized.

As Chinese tourists once reigned as the largest group of visitors pre-pandemic, their eager return is seen as a crucial pivot towards the resurgence of the tourism sector. So much so that Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin took to X to share an optimistic projection: a staggering 137% growth in Chinese tourist numbers this Chinese New Year. And with such a grand rollout of events and meticulous planning, Bangkok’s Chinatown is poised once again to be the heart of vibrant celebrations, welcoming visitors from near and far to partake in the wonders of the Lunar New Year, under the watchful eye of the city, the kingdom, and the stars above.


  1. SafetySue January 29, 2024

    Great that safety’s a priority.

  2. EconGuy January 29, 2024

    Tourism boost needed.

  3. SaraL January 29, 2024

    Looks amazing!

  4. TravelBug January 29, 2024

    Chinese New Year in Bangkok is unmatched.

  5. InclusiveHeart January 29, 2024

    I love the inclusivity of the event.

  6. MagicSeeker January 29, 2024

    This sounds like a magical experience!

  7. JasmineRoses January 29, 2024

    So beautiful. Can’t wait!

  8. GreenThumb January 29, 2024

    Environmental consciousness is crucial.

  9. RoyalWatcher January 29, 2024

    Princess Sirindhorn, wow!

  10. TravellerJoe January 29, 2024

    Really want to see this!

  11. MrSafetyFirst January 29, 2024

    Safety first – good to hear.

  12. CultureVulture January 29, 2024

    Cultural gem!

  13. AwarenessAdvocate January 29, 2024

    Celebrations and awareness. Perfect.

  14. TimothyJ January 29, 2024

    Wow, incredible energy!

  15. DragonSoul88 January 29, 2024

    Way to go, Bangkok!

  16. MarketMaven January 29, 2024

    Great for tourist numbers, I hope.

  17. LionFan January 29, 2024

    The lion dance sounds cool!

  18. EyesWideOpen January 29, 2024

    Must be a sight to behold!

  19. EcoWarrior January 29, 2024

    Pollution concerns are important.

  20. CraftyKyle January 29, 2024

    Lantern workshop? Sign me up!

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