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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Tha Chin River cruise

30 Mar 2018

Welcome back, this month we take a river cruise along the Tha Chin River between Wat Don Wai and Wat Rai Khing in Sam Phran, Nakhon Pathom.

Such cruises are popular in some of the floating markets here as they let visitors do some sightseeing, feed fish in their sanctuaries or to make merit at the temples along the way.


Tha Chin River

It's also a good opportunity to see the traditional way of life that still exists in some of the riverside communities. Come and join us on this river cruise.


Farms on the Tha Chin


Boat used in the cruise

Join us on the Tha Chin River cruise

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Next month – Ban Sakla the waterside community – Samut Prakarn

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 Little Pigs

26 Feb 2018

Welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug. No, we are not going into children's stories. The Three Little Pigs is actually the name of an organic farm, café and restaurant. However, the place is linked to that favourite tale of our childhood, as we shall see.


The Three Little Pigs

Please join us as we take a pleasant stroll through nature in this visit to a traditional Thai fruit and vegetable farm in Sam Phran District, Nakhon Pathom.


A traditional vegetable farm

Join us in a tour of The Three Little Pigs

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Next month – River cruise on the Tha Chin

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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Gulls on the River Maas

Here in our little village on the River Maas, we have gulls too. I send you two pictures of the river. On the other side you see a small place with a church.

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Thanks Eric

Eric, I must say gulls were never of interest to me, but after reading all you have put forward in this fantastic article about them, I feel I have learnt

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Seagulls of Bang Pu Samut Prakarn

5 Feb 2018

Welcome back to the Bangkok Travelbug. We are still on the subject of birds, this time live ones!! Let's pay a visit to the seagull sanctuary at the Bang Pu Seaside Resort, Samut Prakarn, just south of Bangkok.


Seagulls of Bang Pu

Though I am not a bird enthusiast, I can't help but marvel at one of the wonders of nature. Join us for a pleasant weekend outing that brings us closer to these birds and nature.


Flying gracefully by

Join us in a tour of the Seagulls of Bang Pu

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Next month – Visit an organic farm and restaurant

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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Owl Art Museum Nakhon Chaisi

7 Jan 2018

Happy New Year 2018! May this year be an even better one for you and may you be blessed with good health, happiness and success in all your endeavours.

We originally wanted to present in this issue the Wat Klang Koo Vieng floating market in Nakhon Chaisi. Unfortunately, the market was closed on Saturdays as there weren't enough visitors.

On the way back, we spotted an unusual sign by the road that led to the unexpected discovery of museum which is housed in an equally unusual building.


Owl Art Museum, Nakhon Chaisi

Welcome to the Owl Art Museum. Let's take a tour of this place and find out more.


Owl art from Peru

Join us in a tour of the Owl Art Museum, Nakhon Chaisi

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Next month – The seagulls of Bangpu, Samut Prakarn

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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Bangkok Legacies Bookstore – buy books online

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

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Fish Sanctuaries in Nakhon Chaisi

9 Dec 2017

Hello again, this month we continue exploring Nakhon Pathom by taking a drive through the farmland in Nakhon Chaisi district in the Tha Chin River basin.

We will be visiting two old temples on the banks of the Tha Chin where there are fish sanctuaries. Join us for a relaxing drive through the countryside in Nakhon Chaisi.

The Tha Chin River branches off from the Chao Phraya River just south of Chai Nat about 200 km north of Bangkok and flows through Suphanburi, Nakhon Pathom and Samut Sakhon before flowing out to the Gulf of Thailand at Samut Sakhon.


The Tha Chin River in Nakhon Chaisi

The river also has an abundance of fish of various types. With temples along the banks, these made ideal locations for fish sanctuaries where visitors come to feed the fish and spend a relaxing day in the country.


The Tha Chin River off Wat Huai Phlu

Join us in a tour of the Fish Sanctuaries in Nakhon Chaisi

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Next month – Wat Klang Koo Vieng floating market

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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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.

Continue reading "My Journey through Thailand Part I The First Steps"

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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