A Walking Tour: Bangkok, 2nd Edition (Walking Tour) by Gregory Byrne Bracken

By Gregory Byrne Bracken

This can be Bangkok such as you have by no means obvious it earlier than. the writer takes you on an architectural experience throughout the bustling streets and busy canals of this regal urban. Dr Bracken s well-researched insights and his attractive sketches will heighten your appreciation of Bangkok s palaces, temples, monuments, pavilions, markets, public constructions and lots of different old fashioned corners. during this revised variation of the ebook, present walks were converted to include Bangkok s non-stop city improvement and new walks additional. Many illustrations have additionally been redrawn to supply a greater appreciation of the development facades.

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Follow it to the end and turn right onto Suriwong Rd; Jim Thompson’s Thai Silk Company will be on your right. The flagship store of this exclusive chain, this handsome building is built in the style of 17th-century Ayutthaya and is a Suriwong Rd landmark. It opened in 1967, just two weeks before the American magnate himself mysteriously disappeared in Malaysia. The showrooms continue his enduring legacy and offer a tempting array of Thai silk in its many forms — from clothing and accessories, to bolts of raw fabric for use in tailoring or home furnishing.

In the reign of Rama V, sections of the old city wall were demolished to provide foundations for roads, this being the first of them. Loathe to see all traces of the city walls vanish, Rama V preserved two of the original 14 fortified towers: Mahakath Fort near the Golden Mount, and Phra Sumen Fort on Phra Athit Rd are still standing today. Running through the heart of Bangkok’s Old European community, from Yannawa in the south all the way through Chinatown to Wat Pho in the north, Charoen Krung (or New Rd as it is also called), was Thailand’s first paved highway and it linked the Customs House to the many trading companies in the area.

This is a narrow street lined by increasingly tall buildings. The northern part of the road is further darkened by the Sala Daeng Skytrain Station. Home to fashionable offices, shops and restaurants, it’s hard to believe that just a generation or two ago this was a canal with orchards on either side. A faint reminder of those days is the sight of thousands of barn swallows that come to nest in the few remaining trees between October and March. Walk along Silom Rd, away from the Sala Daeng Skytrain Station, and you will come to the whimsical little windmill sculpture sitting at the heart of the busy junction of roadway and water where Silom Rd crosses the canal at Narathiwatratchanakharin Rd.

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