A Walking Tour: Bangkok, 2nd Edition (Walking Tour) by Gregory Byrne Bracken

By Gregory Byrne Bracken

This is often Bangkok such as you have by no means visible it earlier than. the writer takes you on an architectural event during the bustling streets and busy canals of this regal urban. Dr Bracken s well-researched insights and his appealing sketches will heighten your appreciation of Bangkok s palaces, temples, monuments, pavilions, markets, public constructions and lots of different old fashioned corners. during this revised variation of the publication, latest walks were transformed to include Bangkok s non-stop city improvement and new walks extra. Many illustrations have additionally been redrawn to supply a greater appreciation of the development facades.

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Across the soi from the mosque is a small but delightful public garden, full of shady walkways and wooden benches where elderly residents gather to relax and chat. Overlooking the other side of the garden you can see Wat Muang Kae, a lovely wooden Buddhist temple. To get to the wat, follow Charoen Krung Soi 36 to the end and turn left onto Charoen Krung Rd. Take the next left onto Charoen Krung Soi 34 and follow it to the end, past a large school. Wat Muang Kae will be at the end of the soi on your left.

The newest luxury hotel to open its doors in this select neighbourhood is the Metropolitan, a stylishly designed boutique hotel, part of the exclusive Como Group. Its smaller size affords a more intimate atmosphere, and apart from the usual bars and restaurants, it also owns a visually stimulating display of some excellent artwork, several of which bear the stamp of local artists. Silom Road Thai Wah Towers 1 and 2 43 Christ Church Continue along Sathorn Rd and turn right at the junction with Convent Rd.

Overlooking the entrance to the hotel is China House, one of Bangkok’s most lavish restaurants. Located in a pretty little house dating from the reign of Rama VI, the interior was designed to evoke 1930s’ Shanghai. The neighbouring building, the Commercial Company of Siam, was erected at about the same time. Similarly, both structures are built of masonry and have beautifully detailed decorative woodwork. Note: Writers Joseph Conrad, in his novel The Shadow Line, wrote about journeying up the Chao Phraya River; W.

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