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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Bangkok Legacies Bookstore – buy books online

25 July 21

Welcome to the Bangkok Legacies Bookstore, our online bookstore which features the books I have published both on Kindle and Smashwords in the course of my travels in Bangkok and Thailand.

These books are e-guide books for independent travelers to explore Bangkok and Thailand on their own. Or if they choose to, they can do a virtual tour from the comforts of their armchairs at home to share in my travel experiences.

There's a new addition to our bookstore. Come take a look and enjoy a different online shopping experience.


Bangkok Legacies Bookstore

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Bangkok’s Hidden Treasures – the other faces of Bangkok

23 July 21

Book Description

This is my third e-book and it covers my travels in Bangkok from late 2011 to early 2018. It’s a journey to the less traveled and lesser-known places in Bangkok, places that are treasure troves of history, art and culture of the diverse communities that make up Bangkok and Thailand.

This journey will take us from the rice fields of Nong Chok near the eastern city limits of Bangkok across the city to the canals in Thawi Wattana in the west.

In the course of this journey, we will encounter old community museums, collectors' museums, house museums all of which preserve the history of communities, and their way of life in bygone eras.

We will visit an old community that dates back to the reign of King Taksin in 1769 and whose members are descendants of the early Portuguese in old Siam.

Dine at a quaint old restaurant tucked away on the banks of a canal in an area that is only accessible on foot.

Visit a very special community that can only be accessed on foot or by boat. It is virtually cut off from all vehicular traffic making it a virtual island in an urban sea!

Take an armchair tour and join me as we uncover these gems in Bangkok's hidden treasures together.

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Book Description - My Journey Through Thailand Part I The First Steps

11 July 21

Book Description - my second e-book, My Journey Through Thailand – Part I The First Steps

My Journey through Thailand Part I is the first in the series of travel journals on my trips to explore the various provinces in Thailand from late 2009 to mid-2013.

This journey takes you to places that bore silent witness to momentous battles decades and centuries ago that changed the course of history. View vast cultural monuments that are legacies of individuals who left their mark in society long after they have gone.

Meet artists, craftsmen and craftswomen who produced exquisite pieces of art. They did this not for fame or wealth but for the love of their craft. Meet farmers who toiled their land to produce the food that we eat. Visit the home province of the father of Thailand’s greatest poet, a scenic place which must have inspired the poet to pen his most famous poem.

Marvel at the cultural and ethnic diversity of the places in this journey that was once at the crossroads of major civilizations more than a thousand years ago; China and India, the Khmer Empire based in present day Cambodia and the Lan Chang Kingdom based in present day Laos.

The result is a rich cultural and ethnic mix which is reflected in the architecture, dialects, dress, handicraft, festivals and customs.

Step into the humble home of a man who sought refuge in Thailand, a man who was a fugitive in his own country occupied by a colonial power, a man who struggled his entire life for the freedom and unity of his homeland.

Please join me as I take these first steps in my journey through Thailand.


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Book Cover - My Journey Through Thailand Part I The First Steps

10 July 21

the cover to my second e-book, My Journey Through Thailand – Part I The First Steps depicts the Battle of Nong Sarai when Siamese forces under King Naresuan defeated the Burmese in January 1593.

This battle was reenacted in the final event of the Surin Annual Elephant Roundup which I visited in November 2012.


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Updated edition – My Journey Through Thailand Part I The First Steps

1 July 21

I've updated the contents of my second e-book, My Journey Through Thailand Part I The First Steps. The changes include more details on how to get to some of these places, increasing the size of the photos and include more photos to some of the places to give readers a better viewing experience.

With the current travel restrictions, take an armchair tour instead. Join me in my journey through Thailand.


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Bangkok Mass Rapid Transit – fast and convenient travel

9 May 21

The Bangkok Mass Rapid Transit is the city's public transport system consisting of high-capacity electric passenger trains serving the city and linking the city to the suburbs in the neighbouring provinces.

This page is a consolidation of the information on the current major lines in service as well as the feeder services, in terms of general information, system maps, stations, service hours and ticketing.


Green Line in Thonburi

In addition, we will give readers a glimpse into the new lines due to come into operation in the near future.


The beautiful Sanam Chai Station on the MRT Blue Line

For more, please click on the link below.

Tour Bangkok Legacies – my first e-book

If you are an independent traveller, here's a handy e-guide book, Tour Bangkok Legacies, which 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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Bangkok Legacies Bookstore – buy books online

26 March 21

Welcome to the Bangkok Legacies Bookstore, our online bookstore which features the books I have published both on Kindle and Smashwords in the course of my travels in Bangkok and Thailand.

These books are e-guide books for independent travelers to explore Bangkok and Thailand on their own. Or if they choose to, they can do a virtual tour from the comforts of their armchairs at home to share in my travel experiences.


Miniature dolls from the Bangkok Dolls Museum

Tour Bangkok Legacies – my first e-book

If you are an independent traveller, here's a handy e-guide book, Tour Bangkok Legacies, which 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



My Journey through Thailand Part I - The First Steps

My Journey through Thailand Part I is the first in the series of travel journals on my trips to explore the various provinces in Thailand from late 2009 to mid-2013.

My Kindle e-book



A number of friends and readers have said that they preferred to read printed editions of books rather than e-books. Even though I'm a fan of e-books, I agree with their sentiment. E-books can a strain on the eyes.

My Kindle paperback edition



Read book reviews by readers who have read my books, download free e-book readers and get free samples of these books.

Enjoy a new experience in online shopping.

For more please click on the link below.

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Suan Sampran – back to nature

9 March 21

Dear friends and readers, welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug 2021. With the pandemic affecting our travel plans, we're not visiting enough places to keep up with writing monthly issues. So, it is with regret that I have to reduce my ezines to quarterly issues, every March, June, September and December.

Luckily, we still managed to visit a place in our neighbourhood recently that gave us something to write to you about.


Traditional house in Suan Sampran

Sometime in January 2021, we passed Suan Sampran not far from where we lived. I thought it was a public park. When I referred to the map, I found out that there was also a riverside resort and a market in in the vicinity.

The following weekend, we decided to visit Suan Sampran. It turned out to be more than what we expected. Besides the riverside resort and market, the place has an organic farm set in a traditional Thai village that provides the foundation for an organic farming movement and other cultural and eco-friendly activities.


Rice field in Suan Sampran

For more, please see, Suan Sampran – back to nature

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Next month – I'm keeping this open to see what comes along. I'll think of something.

Tour Bangkok Legacies – my first e-book

If you are an independent traveller, here's a handy e-guide book, Tour Bangkok Legacies, which 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


Copyright@2008-2021 Tour Bangkok Legacies

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Portuguese Embassy Bangkok – the first diplomatic mission

The Portuguese Embassy Bangkok is the oldest diplomatic mission in Thailand and represents 500 years of friendship and 200 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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Ban Khun Phitak Borihan - the Green House

22 January 21

Dear friends and readers, welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug in 2021. I'm afraid we have to restrict our travelling until further notice owing to the second wave of the Covid 19 pandemic emerging in Thailand.

Fortunately, we visited this place in Ayutthaya in November 2020 and haven't written about it yet. It's about a very old house on the banks of the River Noi in Phak Hai, Ayutthaya that is completely off the beaten track.


Ban Khun Phitak Borihan – the Green House

Let's take a look at this district in Ayutthaya, the owner and the house.


View of the house from the River Noi

For more, please see, Ban Khun Phitak Borihan

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Next month – With pandemic, we are refraining from visiting other provinces. Here's an attraction right in our neighbourhood.

Suan Sam Phran

Tour Bangkok Legacies – my first e-book

If you are an independent traveller, here's a handy e-guide book, Tour Bangkok Legacies, which 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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My Journey Through Thailand Part I The First Steps

11 November 2020

This is my second e-book and 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.

My Kindle e-book



For more please see, My Kindle e-book or My Smashwords edition

Tour Bangkok Legacies - ebook

6 November 2020

Tour Bangkok Legacies – my first e-book

If you are an independent traveller, here's a handy e-guide book, Tour Bangkok Legacies, which 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



For more please see, My Kindle e-book or My Smashwords edition

Thanks

Eric, Thanks for another enjoyable read (November '20). Already looking forward to the December edition. All the best, Ray PS. The November 20 issue

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Ing Nam Market Sam Khok

3 November 2020

Dear friends and readers of the Bangkok Travelbug, welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug. In this November issue we visit another old waterside market in Pathum Thani.

Fortunately, this market in Sam Khok is far livelier than the last one we visited. It had a constant stream of visitors providing the vendors with a brisk trade. Besides the market there are also some very old and interesting attractions in the neighbourhood.


Entrance to the market

Let's take a look at what's in store for us here.


Bridge spanning the Bang Toei Canal


Further into the alley

For more, please see, Ing Nam Market, Sam Khok

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Next month – We explore Ban Khun Phitak, an old house that was the home of a nobleman in the reign of King Rama V. It's located on the banks of the Noi River in Phak Hai, Ayutthaya and it's reputed to be a scary and haunted place.

Tour Bangkok Legacies – my first e-book

If you are an independent traveller, here's a handy e-guide book, Tour Bangkok Legacies, which 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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Tour Bangkok Legacies – Paperback Edition

5 October 2020

A number of friends and readers have said that they preferred to read printed editions of books rather than e-books. Even though I'm a fan of e-books, I agree with them. E-books can be a strain on the eyes.

As a result, I've published a paperback edition of Tour Bangkok Legacies, my first e-book. This edition comes with colored post-card sized photos of the places visited.

The contents of the paperback are basically no different from the e-book edition. The book provides independent travelers with a guide book to take them on a self-guided tour of old Bangkok.

Or read this book in the comfort of your sitting room and travel in your mind's eye to the alleys, museums, homes in old Bangkok, they all have a story to tell.

The book is available on this link, Tour Bangkok legacies – Paperback edition



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Tour Bangkok Legacies - Paperback edition

For those who prefer reading printed books rather than e-books, here's the paperback edition of Tour Bangkok Legacies, which will help you along as you explore the streets of Bangkok and discover its old treasures. It's complete with historical descriptions and directions on how to get to these places.

Tour Bangkok Legacies - Paperback edition



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Reigniting memories
from an Aussie!

Eric, Thank you so much for your wonderful travelogue and photos. I look forward to your emails and photos. Keep safe and keep on posting. Rhond

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Khlong Sip Song 100-year-old Market, Lam Luk Ka

30 September 2020

Dear friends and readers of the Bangkok Travelbug,

Welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug. In this October issue we will be visiting Lam Luk Ka in Pathum Thani, which is to the east of the Chao Phraya River.

Lam Luk Ka District in Pathum Thani is intersected by several canals which irrigate the rice fields in the area. To get to our destination, the Khlong Sip Song 100-year-old Market, we crossed 10 canals (Canals 2 – 11)! At the market we got to cross the 12th canal.


Alley leading to the market

Let's visit this old market, take a walk through the alley where it's located and relive some old memories.


The old coffee shop


Brewing coffee the traditional way

For more, please see, Khlong Sip Song 100-year-old Market, Lam Luk Ka

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Next month – We visit a cactus farm and another canal side market in Pathum Thani

Tour Bangkok Legacies – my first e-book

If you are an independent traveller, here's a handy e-guide book, Tour Bangkok Legacies, which 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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Hello from Shanghai, China

Dear Eric, Thank you for your deeply informative site, and your clear love of the place. I found this site when researching an article about the current

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Thung Na Mon Bo Thong Pathum Thani

16 September 2020

Dear friends and readers of the Bangkok Travelbug,

Welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug. In this September issue and the next couple of issues, we will be exploring some of the quaint cultural attractions in Pathum Thani, which is just north of Bangkok.

These places are ideal for days trips out of Bangkok and you don't have to travel too far. Many places in Pathum Thani still retain that old charm of Thailand in the past.

This trip we visit a farm and it’s a very special farm, Thung Na Mon, a Mon farming community in Bo Thong, Lat Lum Kaeo.


Thung Na Mon


Colourful entrance to the farm

For more, please see, Thung Na Mon, Bo Thong, Pathum Thani

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Next month – We visit an old canal side market in Pathum Thani, Khlong Sip Song Market, Lam Luk Ka, Pathum Thani

Tour Bangkok Legacies – my first e-book

If you are an independent traveller, here's a handy e-guide book, Tour Bangkok Legacies, which 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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Patpong Museum – the dark secret

Patpong Museum traces the origins of this place famous for its raunchy bars, loud music and scantily dressed dancing girls. Not many visitors to the place would know that it also held a dark secret.

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