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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My Smashwords edition

15 Nov 2017

This is the Smashwords edition of my 2nd e-book My Journey through Thailand Part I The First Steps. Smashwords editions allow readers a greater flexibility in their choice of formats and tablets, like iBook, Kindle, Sony, PDF etc.

Have a preview of this historical and cultural travel journal on Thailand. View the author's page, book summary and preview sample at

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My Journey through Thailand Part I The First Steps

14 Nov 2017

Dear friends and readers,

I've just published my second e-book, My Journey through Thailand, Part I The First Steps

This is the first in the series of travel journals on my trips to explore the various provinces in Thailand. This edition, which covers my travels from late 2009 to mid-2013, will guide you to historical sites, cultural monuments and exquisite Thai handicraft, across a vast spectrum of cultural and ethnic diversity.


You can have a virtual tour with this e-guide book or take the first steps yourself in this journey through Thailand.

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New Cover for Smashwords Edition

18 Oct 2017

Dear Readers,

We have changed the e-book cover for our Smashwords edition to distinguish it from the Kindle edition. The Smashwords cover features the Kwan Riam floating market on the Saen Saab Canal in Ramkhamhaeng, eastern Bangkok.

Kindle cover

A drive through rural Bang Len

10 Oct 2017

Hello and welcome back. Sorry for this late issue of the Bangkok Travelbug. I was in the process of moving to my new home in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. Bang Len, the place we are presenting this month, is one of the districts in Nakhon Pathom.

Nakhon Pathom, just west of Bangkok, is a province with a considerable network of canals. Many of the old canal-side communities still live there doing what their forefathers were doing, trading in shops by the waterways.


Waterside communities

We decided to visit the Rangkratoom Market in an old community in Bang Len. While I was looking at the map to get to this market, I noticed the Saint Andrew Church in the vicinity. It would be nice to visit two of these places in one trip.

However, our travel plans didn’t quite turn out the way we wanted; in a pleasant way. Find out more.


Peaceful canal scene

Follow us on a virtual drive through rural Bang Len

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Next month – Pridi Banomyong Memorial House, Ayutthaya.

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.


My Kindle e-book

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Krua Ja Daeng – Bangkok’s hidden treasure

Krua Ja Daeng or Ja Daeng’s Kitchen is a quaint restaurant located on the banks of the Bang Phrom Canal in Taling Chan on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River about 12 km from Bangkok’s city centre.

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Wat Sang Kratai, Ang Thong, Thailand

Wat Sang Kratai is located in Ang Thong City about two km west of the city centre. It’s a very old temple, more 400 years old, constructed in the Ayutthaya

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Literair Festival - Veghel/Kildonkse Mill Netherlands

The Literair Festival or Literary Festival (Het Verhaal 2017) was a festival held on Sunday 27 August 2017 in the southern Netherlands along the Aa River

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Red Lotus Floating Market, Bang Len

30 Aug 2017

Hello friends and readers, welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug as we explore a relatively new place just 60 km north-west of Bangkok. The Red Lotus Floating Market in Bang Len, Nakhon Pathom was opened barely three months ago.

The main attraction of this place is a 24 rai (3.84 hectares or 9.48 acres) pond filled with red lotus plants floating on the water’s surface. Shops selling mostly food line two sides of the pond.


Red lotus pond

There’s a boat service for visitors to take a boat ride for a close up of these water plants and some of the visiting birds. Let’s take a closer look at this market.


Entrance to the market

For a half day trip out of Bangkok, visit the Red Lotus Floating Market.

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Next month – Rangkratoom Market, Bang Phasi.

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.


My Kindle e-book

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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.

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.

My Kindle e-book

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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.

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.

My Kindle e-book

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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.

My Kindle e-book

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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.

My Kindle e-book

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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.

Explore Bangkok on your own with Tour Bangkok Legacies – the e-book my Smashwords edition of an-e-guide book for the independent traveller.

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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

Read what other subscribers have said about us and subscribe to the Bangkok Travelbug.

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.

My Kindle e-book

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