Bangkok Walking Tour

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This Bangkok Walking Tour video has been produced specifically for tourists. A map of the route is has also been produced; https://drive.google.com/open?id=1GIvrhJCASWD1870yLv_iqx2iZhk&usp=sharing

Other useful links include;

1. Khaosan Road video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBmOuEtVdhk

2. Royal Barge Museum video: https://youtu.be/1b7D5nZFTHM

3. Map of the route to the Royal Barge Museum: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?msa=0&hl=en&ie=UTF8&t=h&ll=13.762937000000006%2C100.48708299999998&spn=0.005002%2C0.006866&z=17&source=embed&mid=1pJ3wpBlWyc699ycRKrlIV7YogNA

4. Phra Arthit Pier video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgfVnB3Ze24

5. Map of the route from Khaosan Road to Phra Arthit pier: https://www.google.co.th/maps/@13.7621459,100.493754,17z/data=!4m2!6m1!1s13tZDX_cdzvB3l_nZ1fRvABaBwT4?hl=en&authuser=1


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This walk starts and ends at Khaosan Road which is worth a visit in it's own right. There is lots going on and lots of places to stay.

Shops and stalls open every day, food is available 24/7 and almost every evening guarantees a party atmosphere. Nearby Soi Rambuttri is slightly quieter, but only slightly. There's a link to a video about Khaosan Road in the description.

There is also a link to a map of this walk where clicking markers along the route gives additional information.

From the Burger King end of Khaosan Road turn right and then left along the dual carriageway where the Democracy Monument, situated on a traffic island, was built soon after Thailand ceased to be an absolute monarchy.

Further along, pass a memorial to King Rama the 3rd in the gardens of Wat Ratchanatdaram then Pom Mahakan, one of fourteen forts incorporated into the old city wall.

Cross the nearby canal where to the left, the dual carriageway continues to the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall and the Vimanmek Mansion. To the right, this walk continues over a second bridge towards the Golden Mountain.

When crossing look left to see the jetty where boats leaving for Central World, The Platinum Fashion Mall and Pantip Plaza offer an alternative and cheaper way to travel. A measure of athletic agility is required when boarding and disembarking.

Pass the wood shops and fire station to where the entry gate of the Golden Mountain is obvious but smaller than could maybe be expected. Once through it turn right, skirting the base of the hill towards the pay booth. Because Bangkok is flat views from the top are quite extensive.

Back at the entrance, continue left past more wood shops. Immediately before the next junction there is a stall where monk's alms bowls, often cherished as souvenirs, are made and sold.

At sunrise each day monks go into the streets to receive gifts of food which are placed in their alms bowls by generous Bangkokians.

Cross the bridge alongside the stall towards the Giant Swing, clearly visible in the distance, passing many specialist Buddhist shops on the way.

The entrance to Wat Suthat, authentic, important and not overpopulated with tourists, is near the Swing.

Bangkok City Hall occupies the opposite side of the square.

Continue along passing even more shops selling Bhuddist items until reaching what was once a roundabout, a circle of some of the oldest buildings in Bangkok.

Turn left, passing Sukha 1 and 2, a couple of narrow roads where each weekday morning from about 6 o'clock busy Trok Mor street market attracts very few foreigners.

Next right, over a canal, The Pig Memorial was built in 1913, to celebrate the 50th birthday of the queen of Thailand.

Walk along the bank to Saphan Hok, Bangkok's Dutch bridge, crossing it on the way to Wat Ratchabophit, circular in shape with a Royal Mausoleum in it's grounds. As with many temples, there are free public toilets and a donations box to appease the fair minded.

On the far side exit right towards Johny's Gems, a jeweler of excellent repute.

Continue past Ban Mo, a locality specialising in electrical items, then a small Chinese temple, before reaching the flower market, Pak Khlong Talat. It is extensive stretching all the way to the river and deep into surrounding side streets.

Best time to visit is during an evening prior to one of the special Buddhist days which occur at least weekly and are depicted by Buddha images on local calendars.

Go left at the main road, passing between the green stupa of Wat Ratchaburana and The Memorial Gardens, before following it as it bears away from the river towards Little India.

Partially hidden behind India Emporium Shopping Mall, the Sikh Temple, as usual, extends a friendly welcome to visitors.
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