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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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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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

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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

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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

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Suksasom Museum – a collection of happiness

7 November 2018

Suksasom Museum is an extraordinary collector's museum with more than 300,000 items on display accumulated over 30 years, it's the fulfilment of one man's dream to leave a legacy for posterity.


Suksasom Museum

These 300,000 items are divided into 300 groups or categories and the age of these items range from 19th C to the mid-20th C. It took 30 years to accumulate these items and three years to arrange the displays!


The first typewriter in Thai – this is the only one left


Remember this?

Take a virtual tour of this museum and find out more at Suksasom Museum.

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 "Suksasom Museum – a collection of happiness"

A Weekend in Phitsanulok

4 November 2018

Welcome back to the November issue of the Bangkok Travelbug. For new subscribers, welcome to the Bangkok Travelbug community. This month we take a drive up north to Phitsanulok, an old city that's 370 km by road from Bangkok.


Phitsanulok on the Nan 1957

In a short three-day visit over a long weekend, we bring you some of the attractions in this historical city.


Old city wall and fort by the moat

For more, take a virtual tour of A Weekend in Phisanulok

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

Next month – Sgt Maj Thawee Folk Museum, Phisanulok

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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Wat Chedi Hoi Pathum Thani

27 Sep 2018

Welcome back to the October issue of the Bangkok Travelbug. We are still covering Pathum Thani this month and will take you to a very unusual temple.

There are several chedi in this temple (a domed shaped structure in a Buddhist temple) that are made of huge oyster shells but these are not just ordinary shells; they are very, very old!


Wat Chedi Hoi

It is not known when Wat Chedi Hoi was built. When a pond was being dug in the temple grounds, huge oyster shells were discovered! Archaeologists subjected these shells to carbon dating ⃰ (carbon 14 dating) tests and concluded ……………


One of the huge oyster shells

For more, take a virtual tour of Wat Chedi Hoi Pathum Thani

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Next month – A weekend in Phisanulok

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 "Wat Chedi Hoi Pathum Thani"

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