Bangkok Legacies e-book  
your personal travel e-guide

By Eric Lim

Aim of this e-book

The Bangkok Legacies e-book is a do-it-yourself travel e-guide for independent travellers who wish to go off the beaten track and explore some of the lesser seen places in Bangkok on their own. It’s your handy personal digital guide in Bangkok.

How to use Bangkok Legacies e-book

This e-book covers the birthplace of Bangkok, places of worship, old temples, churches and shrines with interesting histories and legends, quaint museums, traditional Thai arts and craft still practised by the artisans and some suggested trips to the outskirts of the city which have remained relatively unchanged.

Each section provides the historical and cultural background to the subjects, details of the various people and places and most importantly maps and directions to get there, including forms of public transport like boats, buses and trains to use.

With this e-book downloaded to your personal mobile device which almost everyone carries nowadays, you can have a travel guide at your fingertips.

My Bangkok Legacies e-book cover

The easily recognisable cover to my Kindle edition features the distinctive murals in Wat Mahapruettharam depicting the 13 ascetic practices of Buddhism.

The Smashwords edition features the Kwan Riam floating market on the  Saen Saab Canal in Ramkhamhaeng, eastern Bangkok.

Kindle cover

Smashwords cover

Advantages of e-books

I belong to that generation that would insist on reading a hard copy of a book until I wrote the Bangkok Legacies e-book and started reading other e-books.

It was only then that I realised that there are numerous advantages to e-book.

  • ·         Storage – If you are an avid reader, books can literally fill up your home unless you have the luxury of a library. E-books solve this problem completely. What’s more the e-books can easily be recalled.
  • ·         Portability – You don’t have to lug a book around when you are out. It’s all in your mobile phone or tablet.
  • ·         Wide selection – You have access to a wide selection of e-books both free and paid. E-books are generally cheaper and easier to buy, delivery is online.
  • ·         Only in e-book format - Many of the old classics are out of print and only available in e-book format. It will be difficult to find them in bookstores, try looking for Treasure Island or Moby Dick on the shelves.
  • ·         Convenience – Shop for e-books from the convenience of your home. Gone will be the days of hunting around for book stores for your favourite book.

Download free e-book readers

In order to read books online, you need an e-book reader. These can be downloaded FREE on the internet. There are various versions to suit personal computers (desktops and laptops) and operating systems, Windows, Apple OS and Android.

For Kindle e-books from Amazon, download the Kindle App appropriate for your device.

Once you’ve done that, open your app and sign in. If you don’t an account, just open one.

For e-books from Smashwords, PC users need to download the Adobe Digital Reader here.

However iPad, mini iPad and iPhone users downloading Smashwords e-books just need to click the ePUB button and the e-book will be downloaded to your iBooks library

For Android users download the Aldiko App from Google Play.

Old Bangkok – Bangkok Noi

Get a free sample and buy Bangkok Legacies e-book

The Bangkok Legacies e-book is available at Amazon or Smashwords where you can get a free sample to see if you like it and to purchase it.  

My Kindle e-book

My Smashwords edition

Only area with mangrove in Bangkok – Bang Khun Thien

Review my e-book

After you have read the Bangkok Legacies e-book, I would appreciate very much if you could write a review of the book. This is an e-mail I received from a reader who bought my e-book.

"This is a great travel book to have about Bangkok, Thailand whether you have been there, are there, going there, not going there, thinking or simply enjoying a good read. It’s very well written, enlightening and highly recommended."

Dan Wee – San Marino, California


Here are some reviews of this e-book on Kindle and Smashwords.

“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 a 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

Thai craftsmanship – vegetable and fruit carvings

Well, there you have it. I hope you found this article useful. Get a free sample, better still buy a copy. I hope to hear from you about your experience. Just e-mail us, it’s nice to hear from you.

My thanks

I am grateful to Dan Wee, Janet Brown, Jackie Paulson and Steve Vanbeek for their reviews of the Bangkok Legacies e-book. Thank you very much all of you for your support.

For more on how all this started, please see my Bangkok story.

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