Bangkok Districts; Other Districts

On Ratchadaphisek Road you will find Thailand Cultural Centre MRT station and you might be wondering why I would possibly tell you to go there. Well, in the station there is a fantastic painting by Rudi Pillen called “The Travellers.” It was given to the Mass Rapid Transport Authority of Bangkok as a sign of good relations between Thailand and Belgium. A treat for art lovers in an otherwise drab MRT station.

The Siam Society is on Asok Montri Road and was established in 1903 to promote artistic, scientific and other cultural affairs of Thailand. Today, the society hosts lectures, events and field trips in keeping with its original purpose.

There is a sluice gate in Phra Khanong which is the oldest one in Bangkok. It was built in 1908 by a Dutch engineer who also helped to establish the Royal Irrigation Department. It is by no means attractive, it’s a sluice gate, but there is an interesting little walk through the streets behind the main Sukhumvit Road. It’s not that easy to find but the best way to get to it is to turn first right after Fair Tower on Soi 50.

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Bangkok Districts; Yaowarat and Pathumwan

Both Yaowarat and Pathumwan districts in Bangkok are home to a few unsung attractions that have European influences. It’s such a pleasure to walk around and discover these places.

Siam Commercial Bank
Strangler Fig in the Gardens of the Siam Commercial Bank

Chinese Clock Tower in Lumpini Park

Thai-Belgian Bridge on Rama IV Road

Holy Rosary Church

Holy Rosary Church

Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University

Hua Lamphong Railway Station

Phaya Thai Palace

Alliance Francaise

Alliance Francaise

Bangkok Districts; Yannawa

Yannawa is where you will find Bangkok’s Protestant Cemetery which is home to the splendid monument of King Rama V’s adviser, Henry Alabaster. Along the road, within the area of the modern Asiatique The Riverfront, there is a reproduction of Bangkok’s first electric tram network and the warehouses of the East Asiatic Company. The warehouses were built in the 19th century as part of the first international port for incoming and outgoing trade. In my humble opinion, not all places in Bangkok have to be well-known to be interesting.

Henry Alabaster’s Monument:

Tramway at Asiatique The Riverfront:

East Asiatic Company Warehouses at Asiatique The Riverfront:

Get out there and explore!  🙂



Bangkok Districts; Thonburi

Thonburi is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. It’s easy to get across the river and explore. It’s still less developed compared to the eastern side of the river and many of the traditional small waterways still exist there. Two places of interest are the Santa Cruz Church and Wichai Prasit Fort, although the latter is not open to the public and the best way to see it is from the river.

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Bangkok Districts; Phra Nakhon

Phra Nakhon was also the name of Bangkok Province, until it was merged in 1972 with Thonburi to form the present day Bangkok metropolis.

I have written about and taken photographs of this area so many times. I can’t say enough what a fantastic place it really is to explore.

Starting in the south of the district is Memorial Bridge:

Memorial Bridge, Phra Nakhon. Bangkok

Memorial Bridge, Phra Nakhon. Bangkok

In the centre:

Saranrom Park

Saranrom Palace

Saranrom Park, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Saranrom Park, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok


Hok Bridge

Hok Bridge, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Hok Bridge, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Wat Ratchabophit

Ministry of Defence

Ministry of Defence, Phra Nakhon. Bangkok

Ministry of Defence, Phra Nakhon. Bangkok

Phra Thinang Chakri Prasat

Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok

Phra Thinang Chakri Maha Prasat, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok


Statue of Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns

Gustave Rolin-Jaequemyns, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok


Democracy Monument

The National Gallery

In the north:

Bangkhunphrom Palace

Rama VIII Bridge

Rama VIII Bridge, Phra Nakhon. Bangkok

It really is worth walking around Phra Nakhon. Don’t just take my word for it though, discover for yourselves 🙂

Phra Nakhon

Walks Around Bangkok

Another day in Phra Nakhon

A Day Out in Phra Nakhon

Bangkok Districts; Dusit

Dusit was established in the early 1900s by King Rama V as the new royal city. Its wide avenues are lined with trees and there are many interesting places to see and explore. It’s another fabulous walk around part of the city.

Dusit Palace Park is home to these two beauties:

Dusit, Bangkok
Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall

A symbol of love from the Thai people to their king:

Dusit, Bangkok
King Rama V Equestrian Statue

Temple of the Fifth King:

Originally a royal residence, now the first police museum in Thailand:

Near Samsen Road:

On the outskirts of the district:

Enjoy 🙂

Bangkok Districts; Bangrak and Sathorn

Bangrak and Sathorn are just two of 50 districts in Bangkok.

Bangrak can be translated as “village of love” and, as such, it is the most popular place to register marriage especially on Valentine’s Day.

Sathorn is named after Sathorn Road and Khlong Sathorn. The original khlong was a canal dug for public transportation and eventually Sathorn Road was built along both sides of the canal.

There are many interesting buildings in the area too. The buildings in the photographs have all been designed by foreign architects between 1864 and 1922. All unique and charming in their own way.

There are so many things about Bangkok that you may not know about; European Heritage for one. And, for me, one of the best ways to explore is on foot. Don’t forget comfy shoes and water though 🙂

Animals and Birds of New Zealand

A few of the wonderful animals and birds gracing the shores of New Zealand’s South Island. Love nature! 🙂

From Mahakan Fort to Phahurat

Another of my little walks. This time from Mahakan Fort to Phahurat where I ended the day at Toney Restaurant for a cheap and very delicious lunch. This walk isn’t as far as some of the other walks I undertake but, as usual, there are many photograph opportunities along the way.

From the fort I paid a visit to Wat Saket.

Next stop, Rommaninat Park. Not the most attractive park I have been to but, still, a lovely little respite from all the traffic along Maha Chai Road.

Last pit stop before home; Toney Restaurant in Phahurat. Located down a small alley off Chakphet Road, it is nothing more than a few tables, chairs and an open air cooking area, right on the canal. Don’t let appearances fool you though, a cheap and delicious range of food will be served up to you in minutes.

Walks Around Bangkok
Toney Restaurant; photograph courtesy of Chris Wotton

Enjoy!  🙂