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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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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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Treasures of Buriram



29 June 2016

Buriram, a province that’s about 400 km northeast of Bangkok, has a long history, numerous historical relics and a rich cultural and ethnic diversity.

It’s located in a region known as South Isarn, i.e. the southern half of the Northeast Region of Thailand. This is the region bounded by the Mun River Basin to the north and the Dongrak Mountains on the Thai-Cambodian border to the south.

It’s a region of extinct volcanoes, ancient civilisations, old Khmer sanctuaries and beautiful Thai silk.

Join us on this weekend tour of the historical and cultural treasures of Buriram and South Isarn.


Wat Khao Angkhan built on an extinct volcano

Admire the Thai silk produced by this community in Tambon Nong Kong and watch how the silk is being produced and woven.


Exquisite Thai silk from Buriram

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Wat Hong Rattanaram Buddhist art paintings in old Bangkok



17 May 2016

Wat Hong Rattanaram a temple from the Ayutthaya era with its beautiful architecture and décor, old Buddha statues and temple murals is located in a part of old Bangkok that’s steeped in history.


Buddha statue from the Sukhothai era

After the fall of Ayutthaya, King Taksin established his capital here. He worshipped in this temple which he restored and renamed Wat Hong Awat Viharn.

The ubosot has got beautiful décor and the murals all around the four walls are simply stunning. Here’s a sample.


Murals in the ubosot

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Wat Rakhang the Temple of Bells



6 May 2016

Wat Rakhang an old Bangkok temple from the Ayutthaya era is one of the favorite temples for merit making and one that you should include in your Bangkok temple tour.

The temple was originally called Wat Bang Wa Yai and in the reign of King Taksin (1767 – 1782), he constructed his palace¹ nearby, the temple was renovated and elevated to a royal temple.


Wat Rakhang

In the reign of King Rama I (1782 – 1809), a huge bell was discovered in the temple grounds. The bell was removed to Wat Phra Kaeo, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and five new bells were presented by King Rama I as replacements. These five bells are still hanging in the belfry (ho rakhang) today.

That’s how the temple got its present name, rakhang or bells.


Wat Rakhang

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Tai Yuan Cultural Centre Saraburi



29 April 2016

While having a last coffee at the Ban Ton Tan Floating Market, the lady in the coffee stall told us about this cultural centre up the road and the cultural display there that Sunday.

That sounded interesting, so we decided to take a look. Here’s what we found.


Tai Yuan Cultural Centre

The heritage of the Tai Yuan community in Saraburi is preserved in the Tai Yuan Cultural Centre in a traditional building complex, the brainchild of Ajarn Songchai Wannakul, a retired university lecturer.


Cultural dance display

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Happy Songkran

11 April 2016

Dear friends and readers,

Happy Songkran to you and your families!! May you all be blessed with good health and happiness in the years ahead.


Dork Khun – the flowers that blossom in March/April
to herald the coming of Songkran


Thailand will enjoy a long holiday from 13 – 17 April 2016. Have a happy, safe and enjoyable Songkran with your families and friends.

EUNIC New Travel App for Thailand

5 April 2016

The European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) recently updated their European Heritage Map and launched a new travel app, EUNIC Thailand.


EUNIC Thailand - the travel app

This travel app lists 217 sites from 26 cities in Thailand, including Bangkok, that have a shared Thai-European heritage. These are buildings, monuments and places of worship that have been established, designed or decorated by European architects, artists, sculptors or engineers.


List of heritage sites

This app is compatible with iOS or Android operating systems and would be ideal for tablets, handy portable devices that can serve as your do-it-yourself e-guide when you tour Bangkok or other Thai cities like Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Kanchanaburi and many others.

These cultural sites come with beautiful photographs and a short write up on the history of the site and the people who initiated the project.


Details of individual sites with maps and contact details

Users can sort the sites by alphabetical order, distance, location, architect, building type and nationality of the architect. What’s really useful is a click on a location icon will display a map of the site. Contact numbers are also available.


Location map

What’s more you can share this information with your traveling companions through Twitter, Facebook or via email. A cultural calendar updated monthly is also available for European cultural activities in Bangkok.

You can download this app free from your App Store. Search for "European Heritage Map and Cultural Calendar of Thailand". This travel app is available in English and Thai.

Have an enriching travel experience in Thailand!

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Ban Ton Tan Floating Market Saraburi



30 March 2016

It was while I was looking at an atlas of highways in Thailand as we were planning our trip to Lopburi that I happened to see this market on the map along the way. The words that caught my eye were talard boran or traditional market and it certainly lived up to my expectations.


Ban Ton Tan Floating Market

What a wonderful discovery it turned out to be. What’s more this led to another cultural treasure nearby. Sometimes the chance encounters give the best results.


Market scenes

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Suphanburi National Museum - Suphanburi



1 March 2016

Welcome back to the March issue of the Bangkok Travelbug 2016. We return to Suphanburi this month to visit the Suphanburi National Museum and discover the history of this very old province. Some of the photos here will give you an idea of just how old.


Guess how old these pieces are


Or this Terracotta piece

Here’s something more recent, relatively speaking.


Battle of Nong Sarai - 1593

Take a virtual tour of the Suphanburi National Museum to find out.

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Next month we visit the Sam Chuk 100 year market, Suphanburi.

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Hola from Madrid

Eric Well done. I am glad that you are still going strong at the task you started years back on your website. Our visit to Bangkok was one of the most

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My prayers were answered

Decades ago while I was still a student, I first paid my respects to Lord Brahma at the Erawan Shine during my school holidays. Since I was young back

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Broadcasting Museum Bangkok



11 February 2016

The Broadcasting Museum Bangkok traces the advent of radio and television broadcasting in Thailand and the Public Relations Department, a historical journey in the development of mass communications in the country.

It’s another of the many museums in Bangkok that preserve a special aspect of the Thai history to be included in a Bangkok museum tour.


Broadcasting Museum Bangkok

Housed in a single storey building by a scenic lake in the grounds of the Public Relations Department, this museum provides a nostalgic trip down memory lane. It’s also a startling reminder of how much broadcasting has advanced in the last few decades.


The first TV station in Thailand and Southeast Asia

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Chinese New Year in Chinatown Bangkok 2016



9 February 2016

On 8 – 9 February 2016, the traditional street fair was held in Chinatown Bangkok to celebrate Chinese New Year 2016. Yaowarat Road was closed to traffic and various stalls were set up along the street selling a variety food and other goods.

Big crowds turned up at the various temples and shrines to pray for blessings for the New Year. Here are some of the scenes from that street fair taken yesterday.


Worshippers at Wat Traimit – Temple of the Golden Buddha

The Thian Fa Foundation, which runs a hospital that provides medical services at affordable charges, is 108 years old this year. There is a shrine dedicated to Kuan Im the Goddess of Mercy in the foundation grounds.


Crowds at the Thian Fa Foundation


Praying at the Kuan Im Shrine at the Thian Fa Foundation


Red lanterns strung all along Yaowarat Road for the fair.


Praying for New Year blessings


Further down Yaowarat


Some of the goodies on sale


All dolled up for the New Year

I’d like to wish all our friends and readers a Happy and Prosperous Year of the Monkey. Have a great year ahead.

Happy Lunar New Year 2016



5 February 2016

Happy Lunar New Year to all our friends and readers. Gong Xi Fa Cai to our Chinese friends celebrating the Spring Festival! Chuc Mung Nam Moi to our Vietnamese friends celebrating Tet.



To all of you and your families, may the Year of the Monkey bring to new joy, fresh hope, peace and happiness in all your endeavours.



May you all be blessed with good health, peace and happiness all year round.

Thai Tourism Fair 2016 – beauty in diversity



29 January 2016

Welcome back to the February issue of the Bangkok Travelbug 2016. We interrupt our regular feature article to bring you this special event which is held annually in Bangkok.

The Thai Tourism Fair, besides promoting tourism, is a wonderful way to have an insight into Thai history, culture and handicraft. It’s like a peek into a window to view a vast multi-coloured cultural spectrum.


Umbrellas of Bo Sang, Chiang Mai

Nowhere else will visitors be able to view in one place the ethnic and cultural diversity of the various regions in Thailand, their customs, ceremonies, beliefs, handicraft and food.


Masks for the Ghost Festival in Loei

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Khlong Lat Mayom floating market – taste of the local flavour



5 January 2016

Khlong Lat Mayom floating market in Taling Chan district Bangkok is popular with local residents for its good food, snacks, fresh fruits and vegetables and a canal boat tour of an agricultural area.


Khlong Lat Mayom

This was actually an old market that has been revived for residents in the communities around to bring their fresh produce or cooked food to sell. The market has a local atmosphere and is very popular with Bangkok residents during the weekends.


Khlong Lat Mayom floating market

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Buffalo Conservation Village Suphanburi



30 December 2015

Happy New Year! Welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug 2016. In our last issue of 2015, we visited the Thai Rice Farmers’ Museum in Nakhon Pathom. So it’s fitting that we visit next the Buffalo Conservation Village, home to the farmers’ best friend. This village in Suphanburi is about 130 km north of Bangkok.


Hard at work ploughing

The Asian domestic water buffalo or Bubalus bubalis has a long association with the farmer that dates back to more than a thousand years! The buffalo is the main beast of burden in the rice fields of Asia, as a plough animal, to thresh rice and to haul wagons for the transportation of people and cargo.

With mechanization, buffalos are fast becoming extinct except on small-scale farms. For this reason, the Buffalo Conservation Village was set up to breed and preserve the species of an animal that has been the backbone of the Thai agricultural sector for centuries.


Main beast of burden on the farm

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Christmas Greetings from Bangkok 2015



An old and dear friend and classmate since our Secondary 1 days (first year of high school) in Singapore sent me this poem as part of his Christmas greetings this year. It was a poem he read as a young boy at a school annual event that moved him so much he taped it to the cupboard in his bedroom for years to serve as an inspiration for him at the start of each day.

In his late teens when his family migrated to England, his mother carefully removed the tape from the piece of paper and packed it together with his other mementoes. She somehow knew, as mothers would, that one day her son will want to read these words again.



Fifty years on, as my friend was rummaging through his old camphor wood chest, he found his cherished poem carefully packed by his mother together with all the other family treasures.



I’m grateful to my friend for sharing his inspiring story and the poem with me. At the end of 2015, as we stand at the threshold of a new year, please let me share these inspiring words with you.


The Gate of the Year

And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year:

“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied:

“Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.” So I went forth, and finding the Hand of God, trod gladly into the night. And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East.”

Written in 1908 by Minnie Louise Haskins (1875 – 1957) – a retired academic London School of Economics

This poem was read by King George VI in his Christmas message to the nation in December 1939 when the dark clouds of war were looming over Europe.

It was read again at the funeral of Elizabeth, the Queen Mother in 2002.

This poem is inscribed at the entrance to the George VI memorial chapel in St George’s Chapel, Windsor and in a window in the Queen’s Chapel of the Savoy, the private chapel of HM the Queen that’s dedicated to St John the Baptist.



And He led me towards the hills and the breaking of day in the lone East

May these words be your guide in the coming years. Have a warm and Merry Christmas with your family and friends and a very Happy New Year; and may you be guided in the years ahead to do the right thing along the right path.



Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year in 2016!

Eric Lim
Bangkok Travelbug
December 2015

Preview of Bangkok Travelbug 2016

3 December 2015

Dear Readers,

As 2015 draws to a close, let’s take a preview of what’s in store for you next year. We’ll be taking you through Suphanburi, a province that’s about 100 km from Bangkok to find out more about the history and cultural heritage of this very old province.

Here are the highlights for the next few issues of the Bangkok Travelbug.

1. Buffalo Conservation Village not only preserves the shrinking buffalo population in the country but also preserves the traditional way of farm life in Thailand.There’s also a Thai Village Resort within the grounds with accommodation in separate traditional Thai houses.


Buffalo Conservation Village

2. The Suphanburi National Museum traces the history of the region from the old Dvaravati civilization established from the 6th – 9th C to the present day.Suphanburi today has another surprise for most of us. Do you know that there are crude oil deposits in Suphanburi?


Suphanburi National Museum

3. Sam Chuk Market is a market that’s more than 100 years old. Visit the old home of one of the residents that has been preserved as a museum and some of the quaint old shops.


Sam Chuk Market

4. If you are not up to your ears in rice museums, we’ll visit another Thai rice farmers’ museum, this one is the Thai Rice Farmers’ National Museum. It presents a different perspective from the last rice farmers’ museum we visited. This one goes into the history and origins of rice and the different types of rice found in the world.


Thai Rice Farmers’ National Museum

That’s what to expect in 2016. We look forward to your readership in future and thank you for all your support.

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