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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 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.

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

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.


My Kindle paperback edition

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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

Continue reading "Handicraft Communities in Korat"

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

Continue reading "Chai Nat Muni National Museum"

Tour Bangkok Legacies – Kindle paperback edition

27 March 2019

New! Just out! Tour Bangkok Legacies – Kindle paperback edition

My Kindle paperback edition



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.

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 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.

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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Exploring Chainat

7 March 2019

Welcome back to the March issue of the Bangkok Travelbug! This month we take a drive up to Chainat, a city about 200 km north of Bangkok.

It makes a pleasant Saturday morning drive and exploring Chainat reveals some interesting surprises. Join us on this virtual trip as we take you through Chainat.


The rice fields of Chainat


The Chao Phraya River in Chainat

For more, take a virtual tour by Exploring Chainat with us

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Next month – Chainat 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.


My Kindle e-book

Continue reading "Exploring Chainat"

Great!

I am really enjoying reading about Phitsanulok. Your depth makes places that could otherwise be overlooked become very interesting and important. Thanks.

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Sgt-Maj Thawee Folk Museum, Phitsanulok

8 February 2019

Welcome back! This February we celebrate the Lunar New Year on 5 February and Saint Valentine's Day on 14 February, which also happens to be my 16th anniversary in Thailand.

In this issue, we recall our visit to Phitsanulok with a tour of a quaint local museum set up by a man who is very passionate about preserving the cultural heritage of the communities in the region around his home.


Sgt-Maj-Thawee Folk Museum

Sgt-Maj Thawee spent 20 years of his life collecting various photographs, utensils, tools and works of art that reflect the traditional Thai way of life in provinces from the Lower Northern Region, viz Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Tak and Uttaradit.

The result is the Sgt-Maj Thawee Folk Museum, a cultural treasure trove that provides visitors with a nostalgic trip to the past.


Lung Ja

For more, take a virtual tour of the Sgt-Maj Thawee Folk Museum

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Next month – Two handicraft villages in Korat

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

Continue reading "Sgt-Maj Thawee Folk Museum, Phitsanulok"

The Royal Rattanakosin Hotel – a safe haven

The Royal Rattanakosin Hotel in Ratchadamnoen Avenue served as a first aid station in Black May 1992 demonstrations and gave refuge to some of the demonstrators thus saving their lives.

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Siam Society Hotel – a special Bangkok boutique hotel

The Siam Society Hotel is a Bangkok boutique hotel that's distinctly Thai, a resort that's memorable for its art, beauty, luxurious comfort and sheer originality.

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Hotels in Ratchadaphisek – a focus in sharp contrasts

Hotels in Ratchadaphisek are Bangkok hotels located within the stretch of Ratchaphisek Road, that's bustling with commercial, office and condominiums with a variety of food and entertainment outlets.

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Bangkok airport hotels – the tale of two swamps

Bangkok airport hotels cover the hotels in and around Bangkok’s two airports; Suvarnabhumi International Airport and Don Mueang Airport, the domestic airport.

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Hotels in Silom – the legacy of windmills

Hotels in Silom are a mix of 5 star hotels and cheap hotels in the heart of Bangkok’s commercial and entertainment area with a long tradition of royal connections and a quaint history.

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Hotels in Pratunam – Bangkok's Watergate hotels

Hotels in Pratunam are Bangkok hotels located near the bustling Pratunam market with its 4 star hotels and cheap budget hotels suitable for travelers keen on hotel and convenient shopping bargains.

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Ratchaburi National Museum, Ratchaburi

11 January 2019

Happy New Year!!! Welcome to the Bangkok Travelbug in 2019. We trust you had a wonderful time during Christmas and in ushering in the New Year. May you have a happy and successful year ahead in 2019.

In this issue, we bring you the Ratchaburi National Museum. Ratchaburi, the "City of the King", is a very old province in Thailand; it's history dates back to the prehistoric period and its displays are housed in a building that has its place in history too!!


Ratchaburi National Museum – in the former Ratchaburi City Hall which
was awarded the Architecture Conservation Award 2005 by the Siamese Association of Architects



Early man in Ratchaburi

For more, take a virtual tour of the Ratchaburi National Museum

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

Next month – Sgt-Maj Thawee Folk Museum, Phitsanulok

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

Continue reading "Ratchaburi National Museum, Ratchaburi"

Hotels in Sathorn - the pride of Bangkok's embassy row

Hotels in Sathorn are Bangkok hotels among prime residential, commercial properties and 5 star luxury. Of the few canals left in Bangkok, two are in Sathon, an area with a long and rich history.

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Siam Heritage Hotel – a Bangkok hotel dedicated to art

The Siam Heritage Hotel, is a Bangkok hotel with an unusual collection of Thai art and handicraft not only on display but also in the décor and furnishings.

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Ratchaburi Combined Arts Festival

15 December 2018

Welcome back to the merry month of December. We were in Ratchaburi for a weekend recently and were lucky to be able to visit the ongoing Combined Arts Festival held over the weekend. The displays were in the city centre along the esplanade by the Mae Klong River*.

*Note

The Mae Khlong is a continuation of the famous River Khwae in Kanchanaburi, the river continues its course through Samut Songkhram to the south and out to the Gulf of Thailand.


Besides art and handicraft from Ratchaburi, the exhibits included art from the neighbouring provinces of Suphanburi and Kanchanaburi. This exhibition is also an effort to boost tourism in these areas.

What better way to send Christmas greetings than through the art medium with a traditional Thai setting?


Dance performers at the festival


Beautiful Karen fabrics

For more, take a virtual tour of of this art festival Ratchaburi Combined Arts Festival

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

Next month – Ratchaburi National Museum, Ratchaburi

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

Continue reading "Ratchaburi Combined Arts Festival"

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