Tour Bangkok Legacies blog

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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Empowering the Disabled - towards a better future

17 August 2017

Empowering the Disabled relates the efforts of one man who established the Universal Foundation for Persons with Disabilities to help the disabled prepare themselves to take their place in society.

The art gallery in the foundation also features a wide range of Thai artwork, paintings, sculptures, pottery and other elaborate handicraft by men and women who are disabled. Their exquisite work is inspirational.


Traditional Thai art, "At First Sight" by Sompos Nakbua, a paraplegic

For more please see the permalink.

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Wat Sa Kaeo Orphanage Pa Mok

28 July 2017

Welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug, our monthly e-zine. This month we are taking a trip to Pa Mok, a district in Ang Thong Province. The town of Pa Mok is about 100 km north of Bangkok and about 23 km north of Ayutthaya City.

Pa Mok is a very rural district consisting of extensive rice fields, rice mills and rice factories. It’s also home to the Wat Sa Kaeo Orphanage which we will be visiting.


The children having their dinner

How can we help? Next time we want to take a day trip out of Bangkok, visit the Wat Sa Kaeo Orphanage and the children instead. Our visits would mean something for the children. All donations are welcome, in cash or kind, both large or small. Donations can be made at the multi-purpose hall. Our efforts will be very much appreciated.

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Next month – Wat Sang Kratai, Ang Thong.

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Baan Bang Khen – a nostalgic cluster of museums

21 July 2017

Baan Bang Khen consists of a number of museums in specially constructed old houses with each house exhibiting displays that preserve an aspect of everyday life more than half a century ago.


Traditional Chinese medicine shop

Opened in January 2017, this project is the brainchild of restaurant owner Sompong Pisankitvanich who decided to convert this 5 rai (0.8 hectare or 2 acres) plot of land into an indoor and outdoor vintage display area.


Tree houses in Baan Bang Khen

With his passion for collecting old items and souvenirs, Sompong has amassed some astonishing items in his collection as the visitor shall see.

Take a virtual tour and see for yourself.

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Exploring the Mae La River, Singburi



7 July 2017

Welcome back, dear friends and readers. In my early years in Bangkok, a friend invited me to a restaurant called Mae La Pla Pow or Mae La Barbecued Fish. The tasty barbecued fish was memorable. Back then, I thought Mae La was the name of the restaurant owner.

Last December when we were visiting Bang Rachan District in Singburi, we saw the Mae La fish restaurant signs along the way. On further exploration, we found out that Mae La is actually the name of a river in Singburi and it’s also famous for its Snakehead fish or pla chon Mae La.


Mae La River

Let’s take a tour of this river and sample the fish for which it’s famous.


Fisherman on the Mae La

Join us on this nature tour. Take a virtual tour of the Exploring the Mae La River.

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Next month – Pa Mok Cultural Centre, Ang Thong.

Explore Bangkok on your own

If you are an independent traveller, here's a handy e-guide book, Tour Bangkok Legacies that will help you along as you explore the streets of Bangkok and discover its old treasures. It's complete with historical descriptions, maps and detailed directions on how to get to these places.

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Informative sharing (Malaysia)

I was staying in Saraburi for 1 night and planning to leave for Nakhon Ratchasima early in the morning. Before going to bed, I was looking more information

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Update on the visiting hours – Bank of Thailand Museum

12 June 2017

Recently the Bank of Thailand announced that the Bank of Thailand Museum in Bang Khun Phrom Palace will be open to walk-in visitors every Saturday.

Walk-in visitors are requested to come at half an hour earlier for the distribution of queue numbers for the tour. The tour groups will be limited to 90 – 100 persons. These are the timings for the getting your queue numbers for the walk-in tours.

1000 hours for the 1030 hours tour

1100 hours for the 1130 hours tour

1300 hours for the 1330 hours tour

1400 hours for the 1430 hours tour

Group tours will be conducted from Mondays to Fridays from 0930 – 1200 hours and 1300 – 1600 hours. Such groups must make appointments for these tours in writing two weeks in advance.

All tours will be guided by Bang of Thailand staff who will provide visitors with information on the museum and its exhibits.

The museum will be closed on Sundays and public holidays.

Visitors please note that Bang Khun Phrom Palace was a former royal residence, so please dress appropriately. No photographs are allowed inside the museum.

For more information, please contact:

0-2283-5286, 0-2283-6723, 0-2283-6152,

0-2356-7702, 0-2283-5265

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Ancient kilns on the Maenam Noi, Singburi



31 May 2017

Welcome back, dear friends and readers. We continue with our exploration of the historical treasures in Singburi, a province that’s about 155 km from Bangkok.

This month we feature the ancient kilns in Bang Racha District, Singburi on the banks of the Maenam Noi (Noi River). The pottery industry here dates back to the 15th C and is an important aspect in the history of Ayutthaya.


Old jars and pots from the Maenam Noi kilns


An excavated kiln in the Maenam Noi site

Join us as we turn another page in the history of old Siam. Take s virtual tour of the Ancient kilns on the Maenam Noi

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Next month - the Snakehead fish of Maela, Singburi.

If you are an independent traveller, here's a handy e-guide book, Tour Bangkok Legacies that will help you along as you explore the streets of Bangkok and discover its old treasures. It's complete with historical descriptions, maps and detailed directions on how to get to these places.

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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.

If you are an independent traveller, here's a handy e-guide book, Tour Bangkok Legacies that will help you along as you explore the streets of Bangkok and discover its old treasures. It's complete with historical descriptions, maps and detailed directions on how to get to these places.

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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

Find out more at Bang Rachan Memorial Park, Singburi.

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Next month we visit the Thailand Tourism Festival at Lumphini Park, Bangkok.

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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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