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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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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

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Mon Temples in Pathum Thani

4 Sep 2018

Welcome back to the September 2018 issue of the Bangkok Travelbug. This month we will visit five temples in Pathum Thani, a province just 30 km north of Bangkok. These temples were built by the Mon community from Pegu, Burma who settled here.


Viharn thong in Wat Sing

They are all along the Chao Phraya River and each temple has its special features and attractions. Come and join us on this journey.


Wat Chedi Thong

Join us for a virtual tour of Mon Temples in Pathum Thani

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Next month – Wat Chedi Hoi, the chedi of shells - 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.


My Kindle e-book

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Chee Chin Khor – the pagoda on the Chao Phraya

24 Aug 2018

Chee Chin Khor is a religious and benevolent foundation for disseminating Buddhist books on morals and prayers as well as conducting charitable programs funded by public donations to help the poor.

The eight-story pagoda on the grounds of this foundation is a prominent landmark along the Chao Phraya River. I’ve passed this stretch of the river several times and have often wondered about this Chinese temple.


Chee Chin Khor – the pagoda


Chee Chin Khor – the temple

But it’s more than just a temple, let’s find out more about this foundation and it beautiful structures at Chee Chin Khor.

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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Khao Phansa Boat Procession in Lat Chado

2 Aug 2018

Welcome back to the August 2018 Bangkok Travelbug. As promised, we re-visit Lat Chado for the Khao Phansa Boat Procession at the start of the Buddhist Lent. It was a beautiful occasion, so please join us for this colourful annual festival in Lat Chado, Ayutthaya.


Colourful boats start streaming in

It was a wonderful opportunity to capture some memorable photos. Rarely do we get to see such colourful sights on the river. Boats were decorated in different themes, mostly agricultural. Many of the participants were dressed in traditional Thai attire, some were in period dress from the Ayutthaya era, others were in yellow, the royal colour.


Boats and participants in dazzling colours

Join us for the Khao Phansa Boat Procession in Lat Chado, Ayutthaya.

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Next month – Mon Temples in 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.


My Kindle e-book

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Bang Kradi the Mon Community

25 July 2018

Bang Kradi, home to the biggest Mon Community in Bangkok, is located on the banks of the Sanam Chai Canal. The Mon migrated here from Mahachai, Samut Sakhon in the reign of King Rama IV (1851 – 1868).


Sanam Chai Canal

The community has a population of about 6,000 living in about 1,000 houses on the banks of the Sanam Chai Canal. The population here are almost all of Mon origin.
Wat Bang Kradi

The Mon form a cohesive community that preserves their art, culture, customs, the Mon language and their way of life. It is this aspect of the community that gives it a distinct identity.

Let's find out more about the Mon of Bang Kradi.

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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Lhong 1919 preserving the Chinese heritage

10 July 2018

Lhong 1919 consists of a cluster of old warehouses and a pier built 168 years ago on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River just across from Talat Noi and Yaowaraj, Bangkok's Chinatown.


Lhong 1919 – view from the river

To the casual visitor passing this place on a Chao Phraya River boat, it appears to be just another tourist attraction decked with red lanterns along the river with crowds of camera snapping visitors.


The old warehouse

This place holds a significant segment of Bangkok's history and the history of the early Chinese immigrants to old Siam. Let's find out more about the cultural legacy of Lhong 1919.

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Lat Chado Community Ayutthaya

29 June 2018

Welcome back to the July 2018 Bangkok Travelbug. Sorry I missed out on the June issue as I had to return to Singapore to settle some family matters.

Our original intention was to visit the 100-year-old Lat Chado Market in Phak Hai, a district which is about 25 km north-west of the historical city of Ayutthaya. But the visit took on a different slant with far more interesting results.


Houses in the Lat Chado Community

Please join us in our visit to this old community in Ayutthaya, Lat Chado Community


Peaceful river scene

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Next month – Mon temples in 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.


My Kindle e-book

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Sundown in Salaya

Salaya is a tambon (sub-district) in Amphur (district) Phutthamonthon, Nakhon Pathom on the north-west city limits of Bangkok. It's considered a suburb

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Poppies in Mook Netherlands

I took these photos from my bedroom window looking down onto the garden in my home in Mook, a village by the Maas River in the Netherlands. The English

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Ban Sakhla the water community

18 May 2018

Welcome back, this month we visit a very unusual community. The houses in this community are built on stilts, the community is separated by rivers and linked with bridges.

The low-lying area in between is filled with ponds, a result of frequent flooding. Until 30 years ago the community could only be reached by boat.


Ban Sakhla

Welcome to Ban Sakhla, the water community that is virtually an island.


Moving around in boats

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Next month – Pridi Banomyong Memorial House, Ayutthaya.

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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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

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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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