Manila’s Chinatown, dating to 1594, is said to be the world’s oldest Chinatown. It was a neighborhood set aside for Chinese Catholics across the Pasig River from the Intramuros (the fortified part of the city controlled by the Spaniards.) Chinese trade activity in the city pre-dated Spanish colonial rule, but the Spanish facilitated the Chinatown so they could keep an eye on immigrants. Chinatown is locally known as Binondo.
This is how one tells a Chinatown fire truck from those of other precincts
Tucked away in the back alleys of Bangkok’s Chinatown, Leng Buai Ia is believed to be Thailand’s oldest Chinese shrine. It dates back to 1658. Chinese businessmen would come here to pray for prosperity.