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By Eric Lim

Tour Bangkok Legacies blog is a web blog of this historical travel website and do-it-yourself guide for independent travelers to Bangkok.

About the Tour Bangkok Legacies blog

This blog keeps readers informed of

  • the latest content pages added to Tour Bangkok Legacies,
  • updates and changes to existing web pages,
  • news and developments affecting historical sites in Bangkok and Thailand,
  • anniversaries of momentous events in Thai history and
  • Thai cultural festivals.
  • New editions to our monthly e-zine Bangkok Travelbug which covers the various provinces in Thailand

The blog serves as a window to the latest content added or changes made to this web site and access these pages quickly. At a quick glance you will be able to focus on the areas you are interested in.

  • Explore old traditional Thai homes that are now heritage museums
  • Visit quaint museums that preserve the memories of old communities and their way of life
  • Visit old communities that are still striving today though some are in danger of disappearing
  • Admire the intricate workmanship of Thai craftsman who have dedicated their lives to their craft
  • Marvel at the spectacular palaces and monuments that serve as a legacy of a bygone age
  • Visit the various old places of worship to appreciate the religious and cultural harmony in a diverse society.

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The items below are presented in order of the latest events and updates on the website. So join us as we take you on this historical journey through Bangkok and other parts of Thailand as well.


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Thank you

Thank you for sharing the dear memories of your beloved parents. All the best, Aviva

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Dedication to my parents

Hi Eric I just read your post about your parents. I am sorry to hear about your father, but your post was a wonderful memory to him and your mother.

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Thailand (ex-England)

Once again Eric you have done great job with this review. I cannot travel round Thailand now like I used to so I see these places through your pictures

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Bang Rachan Market Singburi



29 March 2017

Hello, welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug. In February 2017, we visited the Bang Rachan Memorial Park and retraced that famous battle fought here more than 250 years ago. Our visit this month is just across the road to the site of the actual fortified village of Bang Rachan where this 5-month siege and battle took place.


Entrance to the historical site

This area was registered as a historical site by the Fine Arts Department on 20 December 1954. A mock-up of the main gate and walls of the old fort mark the entrance to this historical site.


Walls of the fort

Right to the rear on the banks of the river, lies the Bang Rachan Market under the shade of the trees.


Entrance to the market

Join us in a visual tour of this historical and cultural attraction, Bang Rachan Market

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Next month we visit the Ancient kilns on the River Noi, Singburi.

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Thailand Tourism Festival 2017



1 March 2017

Hello, welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug. We defer our usual feature article to bring you the annual Thailand Tourism Festival held at Lumphini Park, Bangkok from 25 – 29 January 2017.

This is one of the rare occasions when we get to see the customs, dress, festivals, food and handicraft of the people from the various parts of Thailand all in one place. Models of some of the iconic structures from the provinces are also reconstructed here.


Tribal textiles from the North


Songs from the South


Colourful lanterns to welcome you to Isarn

Join us in a visual tour of this festival as we visit the various displays to admire the cultural and ethnic diversity from the different regions of Thailand, Thailand Tourism Festival 2017, Bangkok

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Next month we visit the Bang Rachan Market, Singburi.

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Baan Kudichin Museum – preserving the Portuguese heritage

The Baan Kudichin Museum preserves the history, culture and traditions of an old Portuguese-Thai community in Thonburi that dates back 250 years to the days of old Siam.

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Making a wish

Something very strange happened when I made a wish at the four-faced Buddha on the afternoon of 27 January 2017. I knelt in front of the four-faced Buddha

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Bang Rachan Memorial Park



30 January 2017

Welcome back and a Happy Lunar New Year 2017 to all. May the Year of the Rooster be a year of success and prosperity for you.

This month we visit the site of a battle that took place more than 250 years ago during the Burmese-Siamese Wars in old Siam. Ironically, the outcome of this battle didn’t affect the final outcome of the war, Ayutthaya fell in any case.


Bang Rachan Heroes’ Monument

But this battle found its way into the pages of Thai history simply because of the courage, steadfastness and sacrifice of a group of people against overwhelming odds in a small village called Bang Rachan.

Join us as we relive the events leading to that battle in Bang Rachan.


Model of the battle site

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Obituary – Associate Professor Waraporn Suravadi (1935 – 2017)

26 January 2017

Assoc Prof Waraporn Suravadi passed away peacefully on 25 January 2017. Acharn Waraporn met with a most unfortunate accident at home when she fell while trying to help her pet cat off the roof. She was kept on a respirator in hospital but failed recover from her injuries.

Acharn Waraporn will always be remembered as the founder of the Bangkok Folk Museum which she established by donating her family home to serve as a house museum to preserve the old way of life in the late 19th and early 20th C.

May she Rest in Peace and may her legacy of the Bangkok Folk Museum continue in her memory.

For more on Acharn Waraporn’s legacy, please see Bangkok Folk Museum

Luang Ritthinarongron House Museum – memories of old Bangkok Yai

Luang Ritthinarongron House Museum was the former home of a Thai nobleman in the 19th C that preserves the lifestyle in old Bangkok Yai and is one of the recommended stops in your Bangkok museum tour.

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San Chao Rong Thong Market

8 January 2017

Welcome back and a Happy New Year 2017 to all. We wish you success and happiness in all your future endeavours in the year ahead.

To start the year, we are going to take you on a tour of an old market in Wiset Chai Chan, an old town in Ang Thong Province. Ang Thong City is about 110 km north of Bangkok and Wiset Chai Chan is 12 km west of Ang Thong City.

So sit back and enjoy your virtual tour of this old community and market. Who knows, one day you might even visit this place yourself.


Entrance to the San Chao Rong Thong Market

The San Chao Rong Thong Market specialises in making delectable Thai cakes, deserts and snacks. Here are some colourful samples.


Colourful snacks

The community is also home to a famous Chinese Shrine dedicated to Kuan Yu renowned for his courage, integrity, loyalty and sense of righteousness.


Kuan Yu Shrine

Find out more at San Chao Rong Thong Market, Ang Thong
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Excellent!

Hi Eric, Once again you have written a fantastic review of another place in Thailand. Most of these places you write about I will never get to, so your

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Bangkok

Thanks for the excellent report on the Chom Thian area. We had a great visit to Wat Bang Khun Thien Nok yesterday, 23 December. I go regularly through

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Thai Boat Museum Ayutthaya



30 November 2016

We continue to explore some of the treasures in the historical city of Ayutthaya. This month we feature a visit to a museum established by a man who grew up with boats, loved boats, dedicated his working life teaching boat design and building and converted his home to a museum to preserve old Thai boats.

Welcome to the Thai Boat Museum, Ayutthaya.


Rua Bot Kred

Ajarn Paitoon Khaomala, a native of Ayutthaya, grew up in an age when boats and waterways played a dominant role in the lives of the people in Ayutthaya. As a boy, he paddled his boat to school, a practice he continued into his working life.


Rua Mard Pratoon

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What readers say about Tour Bangkok Legacies my e-book

9 November 2016

"Tour Bangkok Legacies" is my first self-published e-book, a guide book for the independent traveler to see Bangkok from a perspective of it’s history, culture and people, and how they preserved their way of life and cultural heritage within a modern thriving metropolis.

Here are some reviews by our readers.

“I’d lived for years in Bangkok and walked through many of its neighborhoods. I thought I knew the city, until I picked up Eric Lim’s Tour Bangkok Legacies. Now I’m reading as fast as I can, realizing how much new territory I have to explore in a city that has so much that I’ve yet to see.”

Janet Brown travel writer and editor at Things Asian Press which publishes books of all genres on Asia, from Chinese horror novels to cookbooks.

"Eric Lim displays the knowledge of this great city that can only come from exploring every nook and cranny of its labyrinthine lanes and conveying his discoveries in infectious prose that compels the reader to set off on his own explorations of the city, even if only from his armchair.

He has ferreted out little-known lore and his enthusiasm in relating them is one of the delights of this book. These are sites that will be found on few tour itineraries and, as such, he adds another dimension to a Bangkok visit. A good, and most importantly, useful read."

Steve Van Beek, a river explorer and travel writer, has written several books on Thailand, my favorite being ‘Slithering South’, an account of his 58-day journey over 720 miles (1,160 km) as he rowed a boat from the headwaters of the Ping River in Northern Thailand down the Chao Phraya River and finally to the Gulf of Thailand.

“This book is the work of an author with a deep interest in the cultural history of one of the most fascinating cities of Asia which is also among the world’s top tourist destinations, Bangkok. For centuries, the centre-stage of political, cultural and economic developments in Thailand, Bangkok dates its origins to the 15th Century as a trading post during the period of the Ayuthaya Kingdom.

In publishing this book, Eric uncovers a treasure trove of gems of the Kingdom’s legacy. Through this exposition of Bangkok’s wats and temples, churches of the various Christian denominations, museums, markets, arts and crafts and the klongs or canals which have served a vital public transportation function in the traffic-congested capital.

Eric has made available a wealth of information about the origins, history and even folklore surrounding fascinating edifices, monuments and customs. This work of passion and labour of love is an invaluable source of information for anyone with more than a fleeting interest in Bangkok’s cultural landscape and history.”

Nicky Tay frontiersman

My e-book is available in Kindle and Smashwords.

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Gong Khong Market Bang Pa-In



2 November 2016

The Gong Khong Market is a quaint country market about 7 km north of Bang Pa-In on the road to Ayutthaya. It’s a non-touristy and very localised place with lots of interesting items to browse through.


Entrance to the market, along Highway 3477 to Ayutthaya

The market was built in a traditional setting to look like the markets of old. The name gong khong means to bend low, this is because most of the vendors place their wares almost at knee level and customers have to bend to take a closer look at the items.


Low stalls under thatched roofs


Sample some of these

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Koh Sarn Chao Community – an urban oasis

Koh Sarn Chao Community is a 500-year old canal community in Taling Chan Bangkok that has preserved its architecture, way of life, handicraft and traditions in an area that’s a virtual island.

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Foreign Settlements in old Ayutthaya



4 October 2016

Krung Sri Ayutthaya, as its officially called, was declared a historical park in 1976 by the Fine Arts Department and designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991.

The historical city, located in an island created by the Chao Phraya and Pasak Rivers, is very popular with tourists. But there are several historical treasures outside the old city walls, particularly to the south that are just as interesting and not frequented by many visitors.


Old Portuguese map 1686 showing location of foreign settlements

These are the legacies of the foreign communities who settled in Ayutthaya when the city was at the peak of its commercial and diplomatic influence. Join us as we explore these historical treasures.


Chinese junk at Ayutthaya

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Wat Khao Phra Angkhan Buriram



26 August 2016

Welcome back as we continue with our exploration of the mountains in southern Buriram. On this trip we visit a temple on a mountain with a long history and old legends which give a quaint mix of the very old and relatively new.


Wat Khao Phra Angkhan

Khao Loy is an extinct volcano, about 12 km west of Phanom Rung. It was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption 700,000 years ago and the overflow from that eruption resulted in this mountain with its unique shape.


The ubosot with the ancient sema and 109 Buddha statues

After the death of Buddha in 543 BC, his remains were cremated and ashes distributed to his disciples in the various cities in the region. A monk was carrying some of these ashes of Buddha through the South Isarn region when he came across Khao Loy.

Find out more about what happened on this mountain at Wat Khao Phra Angkhan Buriram

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Prasat Muang Tam Buriram



1 August 2016

Hi, welcome and join us as we explore more of Buriram. This trip takes us to the 1,000 year old Khmer sanctuary Prasat Muang Tam in Prakorn Chai District in a location that is just 7 km south of the better known Prasat Phanom Rung that’s on an extinct volcano.


Prasart Muang Tam

Prasat Muang Tam is less well known but after viewing the ruins, I realized that is it one of the more complete set of ruins; it displays all the characteristics of the ancient Khmer sanctuaries built with techniques that appear way ahead of their time.


The group of towers at the core of the sanctuary

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