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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Hi Eric, this is Peña from Madrid

It really impresses me your travel descriptions. This last one with your recaps of the past makes wonderful reading, the photographs are outstanding.

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My daughter-in-law in Lampang

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Memorable Travel Photos

17 June 2020

Dear friends and readers of the Bangkok Travelbug,

Best wishes to all of you as you stay well and safe at home. As we are still unable to travel, I dug into my collection of old travel photos dating back to 2009 and came across some very pleasant surprises. Some photos I completely missed back then; others brought back very pleasant memories.

Let me share with you these memorable travel photos. For readers who have subscribed way back then, it will be nostalgic, for the new readers, catch up on what you missed.


Who stayed here in the 1920s?

I've added links to these old articles if you want to find out more about these places. Hope you enjoy this virtual journey and relive some interesting travel tales while you are home.


Where is this place?


Where is this beautiful garden?

To find out, please see, Memorable Travel Photos.

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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

My Journey through Thailand Part I The First Steps

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.


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Maps of old Siam

15 May 2020

Dear friends and readers of the Bangkok Travelbug,

I trust all of you are well and safe at home. We are still doing virtual travelling to bring you some interesting travel tales to keep you occupied while you are home.

Back in 2015, we were just past Ayutthaya on Route 32 (Asian Highway) heading north on one of our travel trips. We stopped at a food shop in a rest area for a quick meal. It was like any of the food shops along the highway serving various types of vegetables, meat dishes served with rice (khao kaeng), hot and cold drinks.


Khao Kaeng Sian Lor

But this shop had something different, it displayed a huge poster showing the maps of Thailand. But on a closer look, these were maps of old Siam since 1786 in the reign of King Rama I! Over the centuries, wars, conquests, colonisation and cessation of territories have changed the boundaries to what they are today.

We returned in October 2019 to take photos of these maps and view the details. What a story they had to tell. Please sit back and join us as we review the maps of old Siam through the centuries.


Maps of old Siam

For more please see, Maps of old Siam.

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Next month – Old travel photos

My Journey through Thailand Part I The First Steps

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.


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Koh Si Chang Chonburi

16 Apr 2020

Dear friends and readers of the Bangkok Travelbug,

I trust all of you are well and safe at home. We had to put our travel plans on hold during this difficult period and thought that the Travelbug had to cease publication for a while.

Then I recalled a trip we took in December last year, when we spent Christmas in Bang Saen, Chonburi about 85 km south-east of Bangkok.

On Christmas Day we took a drive to Si Racha about 35 away from Bang Saen. On an impulse we decided to take a boat ride across to Koh Si Chang just off the coast of Si Racha.


The Gulf of Thailand laid out before your eyes

When we reached the pier at Koh Si Chang, a tuk tuk driver offered to take us on a tour of the island for 250 baht. As we didn’t know our way around the island and no cars are allowed on the island, we decided to take up his offer.

The tour turned out to be a cultural and historical gem. Not only did I have something to write about this month, readers can now take a virtual tour of the island while they are home.

Join us on this virtual tour of Koh Si Chang during this time when we are encouraged to stay home.


Scenic beauty in Koh Si Chang

For more please see, Koh Si Chang.

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Next month – Maps of Thailand through the centuries

My Journey through Thailand Part I The First Steps

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


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The Three Pagoda Pass, Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi

17 March 2020

Hello and welcome back to the March issue of the Bangkok Travelbug. This month we visit the Three Pagoda Pass in Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi to review the strategic importance of this area and the events that passed through here over the last two millenniums.

The pass is named after the three pagodas located here. These pagodas are believed to be constructed during the Ayutthaya era as a symbol of peace, which proved to be elusive for centuries to come.


Three Pagodas – symbol of peace

Join us as we take a tour of this area that has seen so much of history passing through.


Border crossing at the Three Pagoda Pass viewed from Thailand looking towards Myanmar

For more please see, Three Pagoda Pass, Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi.

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Next month – Koh Si Chang, Chonburi

My Journey through Thailand Part I The First Steps

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.


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Abandoned Temples in Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi

6 February 2020

Welcome back to the February 2020 issue of the Bangkok Travelbug. In this issue we take a boat trip to locate some of the temples abandoned as a result of the flooding of the upper Kwae Noi valley caused by the construction of a dam downriver.


Boat trip to abandoned temples, Sangkhla Buri

Let's take a closer look at the reservoir created by this dam and then the affected temples.


View of reservoir from the dam looking north to Sangkhla Buri


Top of a submerged temple

For more please see, Boat trip to abandoned temples, Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi.

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Next month – The Three Pagoda Pass, Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi

My Journey through Thailand Part I The First Steps

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.


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The Mon Bridge, Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi

16 January 2020

Welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug for the year 2020. In this issue and the next two, we feature Sangkhla Buri district in Kanchanaburi province. It's one of the most scenic places in Thailand I have had the pleasure of visiting.

For the January Travelbug we visit a famous landmark in Sangkhla Buri, the Mon Bridge, the Mon community who live around the area and a beautiful Mon temple.


The Mon Bridge, Sangkhla Buri

Let's take a closer look at this famous wooden bridge and the Mon community there.


Sightseers streaming across the bridge

Here are some of the beautiful scenes you will encounter in this virtual tour.


The bridge on a chilly December morning

For more please see, The Mon Bridge, Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi.

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Next month – Boat trip to sunken temples in Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi

My Journey through Thailand Part I The First Steps

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.


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Love your focus

Love your focus on legacies, learned much about Bangkok's historical places, especially with my interest on foreign influences and contributions. Fun

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Khok Mai Den Ancient City, Nakhon Sawan

12 December 2019

Welcome back to the merry month of December! In this last issue for the year 2019, we will visit the last place in our itinerary on the last day of our trip to Nakhon Sawan.

This month we visit an ancient city, the Khok Mai Den Ancient City which is located about 35 km south of Nakhon Sawan City. It's just off highway 1 that leads south and back to Bangkok, a convenient stopover on the way back.


Remains of the Khok Mai Den Ancient City

Join us and take a virtual tour of this ancient city in Nakhon Sawan.


Discoveries up on the ridge

Here are some of the relics and ruins you will encounter in this virtual tour.


Relics and ruins from the ancient city

For more please see, Khok Mai Den Ancient City, Nakhon Sawan.

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Next month – Mon Bridge, Sangkhla Buri, Kanchanaburi

My Journey through Thailand Part I The First Steps

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.


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Nakhon Sawan City Attractions

9 November 2019

Welcome back to the November issue of the Bangkok Travelbug. In this issue of the Travelbug, we will take a tour of some of the attractions in Nakhon Sawan City and in the surrounding city district (amphur mueang).

We start our tour by going up a long ridge in the city centre on which is located a chedi and a tower that gives a panoramic view of the city.


Winding up the long ridge


View of Nakhon Sawan City

Here are some of the beautiful images you will encounter in this virtual tour.


Wat Sri Uthum Porn

For more please see, Nakhon Sawan City Attractions

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Next month – Khok Mai Den Ancient City, Nakhon Sawan

My Journey through Thailand Part I The First Steps

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.


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Nakhon Sawan – Start of the Chao Phraya River

23 Oct 2019

Welcome back to the October issue of the Bangkok Travelbug! This month we take you to Nakhon Sawan, a province where the Ping River merges with the Nan to form the start of the Chao Phraya, a river many of us are familiar with.


Start of the Chao Phraya River in Nakhon Sawan – the Chao Phraya is to the left in the photo

The Chao Phraya River is formed by the waters of four rivers; Ping River from Chiang Mai, Wang River from Lampang which joins the Ping in Tak Province, Nan River from Nan and the Yom River from Phayao which joins the Nan in Nakhon Sawan.

The Ping and the Nan merge in Paknam Pho District in Nakhon Sawan City to form the Chao Phraya River – the River of Kings.


Looking downriver at the Chao Phraya – the Nan is to the left (south) and the Ping is on the right (north)

Join us as we take a virtual tour upriver to see the start of the Chao Phraya River.

For more please see, Nakhon Sawan – Start of the Chao Phraya River

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Next month – Nakhon Sawan City Attractions

My Journey through Thailand Part I The First Steps

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.


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Ban Rai Attractions, Uthai Thani

25 Sep 2019

Welcome back to the September issue of the Bangkok Travelbug! This will be the last instalment on our visit to the beautiful province of Uthai Thani.


Ban Rai Attractions

Ban Rai is home to a number of beautiful cultural and natural attractions. We were so impressed with the place we returned for a second visit. Please let us share our visit to these attractions with you in this issue.


Wat Tham Khao Wong

Join us and tale a virtual tour of this fascinating district in Uthai Thani.


Ban Na Ta Po Weaving Centre

For more please see, Ban Rai Attractions

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Next month – Nakhon Sawan – the source of the Chao Phraya River

Tour Bangkok Legacies - Kindle paperback edition

For those who prefer reading printed books rather than e-books, here's a handy paperback, 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.


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My Experience with the four-faced Buddha...

Hi.. I’m Lim here I would like to share my story to people all over the world who believe in the four-faced Buddha at the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok. I

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My Journey through Thailand – Part I The First Steps

15 Aug 2019

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.


Cover features the Battle of Nong Sarai when King Naresuan defeated the Burmese in January 1593 reenacted during the Surin Annual Elephant Roundup, November 2012.


Cover features Wat Nong Waeng, a temple museum on the south-western shores of Bueng Kaen Nakhon, a huge lake south of Khon Kaen City.

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Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, Uthai Thani

3 Aug 2019

Welcome back to the August issue of the Bangkok Travelbug! In this issue we come to the highlight of our exploration of Uthai Thani Province, the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary with its forested mountains covers almost half of Uthai Thani Province. It's home to several species of wildlife, some of which are endangered species.


Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary

Join us and let's find out more about this fascinating place.


The way in

You will even get to meet some of the residents in this wildlife sanctuary roaming around, Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary

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Next month – Exploring Ban Rai, Uthai Thani

Tour Bangkok Legacies - Kindle paperback edition

For those who prefer reading printed books rather than e-books, here's a handy paperback, 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.


My Kindle paperback edition

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Exploring Uthai Thani – two special temples

12 June 2019

Welcome back to the June issue of the Bangkok Travelbug! In this and the next few issues, we feature our visit to Uthai Thani to explore some of the cultural and natural wonders of this beautiful province.

We start our tour with a visit to two very special temples in Uthai Thani City, each with their unique character.


Inside Viharn Kaew – the Glass Viharn


Prasart Thong Kham – the Golden Palace

Let's take a closer look at these two beautiful temples in Uthai Thani, Exploring Uthai Thani – two special temples

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Next month – Hup Pa Tat – the cave of wonders in Uthai Thani

Tour Bangkok Legacies - Kindle paperback edition

For those who prefer reading printed books rather than e-books, here's a handy paperback, 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.


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Dear Lord Brahma

Been to Bangkok twice and passed by the Erawan Shrine, but did not stop by to offer prayers. However, last year I have been experiencing turbulence in

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Handicraft Communities in Korat

14 May 2019

Welcome back to the May issue of the Bangkok Travelbug! This month we feature two handicraft communities which we visited in Nakhon Ratchasima or Korat for short.

The first is Ban Dan Kwian, a community in Chok Chai District that is famous for its pottery.


Pottery at Ban Dan Kwian

The second is in Pak Thong Chai District, which has a silk weaving community.


Thai silk at Matchada Thai Silk, Pak Thong Chai

Let's take a closer look at the beautiful handicraft produced by these two communities, Handicraft Communities in Korat.

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Next month – Exploring Uthai Thani

Tour Bangkok Legacies - Kindle paperback edition

For those who prefer reading printed books rather than e-books, here's a handy paperback, 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.


My Kindle paperback edition

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Chai Nat Muni National Museum

13 April 2019

Welcome back to the April issue of the Bangkok Travelbug! This month we feature the Chai Nat Muni National Museum in Chai Nat, one of the historical and cultural attractions in the province.

The museum, located in the premises of Wat Phra Borommathat Worawiharn, is a depository of invaluable Buddha images, votive tablets and other historical relics dating back for centuries.


Chai Nat Muni National Museum

This was through the efforts of a former abbot of Wat Phra Borommathat Worawiharn who had patiently collected these relics for years.


A legacy preserved for posterity

Let's find out more about this museum,Chai Nat Muni National Museum

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Next month – Pak Thong Chai Silk Village

Tour Bangkok Legacies - Kindle paperback edition

For those who prefer reading printed books rather than e-books, here's a handy paperback, 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.


My Kindle paperback edition

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