22 Walks in Bangkok: Exploring the City's Historic Back Lanes and Byways

22 Walks in Bangkok: Exploring the City's Historic Back Lanes and Byways

by Kenneth Barrett


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Take a series of unforgettable strolls down the back lanes of historic Bangkok!

Bangkok, Thailand is one of the world's greatest cities and a leading tourist destination, visited by millions each year. But it can also be a bewildering place. First-time visitors, not knowing what to expect, encounter endless boulevards connected by a vast maze of tiny side streets. A stroll down any of these lanes can reveal exciting surprises—beautiful palaces and mansions, shophouses and shrines, restaurants and markets.

This user-friendly Thailand travel guide helps you discover hidden gems found throughout the city by presenting each neighborhood as a distinct village—explaining how it evolved, and describing its historical landmarks in detail. Travel book author Ken Barrett is a long-time Bangkok resident and experienced journalist, and he introduces the noteworthy temples, churches, shrines, and mosques in loving detail, sketching their history and distinctive features. The reader is skillfully guided through the old neighborhoods of Bangkok from the center to the periphery, along narrow lanes and byways rarely seen by foreigners.

22 Walks in Bangkok leads the visitor on a unique journey of discovery and enables you to appreciate this fascinating city in new and exciting ways.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804849159
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 05/09/2017
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kenneth Barrett has been a journalist for almost his entire career, at various times specializing in travel, food, media criticism, humor, business and industry. He has edited numerous magazines and business newspapers. He is also a photographer and has been on assignment to over sixty countries, predominantly in Asia but also covering parts of the Middle East and South America. His specific interests include British colonial history and historic architecture of all kinds.

Table of Contents

Preface 7


Bangkok Begins 9

Part I Thonburi 20

Walk 1 Wong Wian Yai

In Search of King Taksin 22

Walk 2 Bangkok Yai

The Old Harbour 32

Walk 3 Bangkok Noi

Money Town 53

Part II Bangkok 80

Walk 4 Rattanakosin Inner Island 1

The Grand Palace 82

Walk 5 Rattanakosin Inner Island 2

Along the Riverbank 90

Walk 6 Rattanakosin Inner Island 3

The Inner Moat 98

Walk 7 Northern Outer Rattanakosin

Defending the Realm 106

Walk 8 East Outer Rattanakosin 1

A Tale of Three Princes 123

Walk 9 East Outer Rattanakosin 2

The Road to Golden Mountain 131

Walk 10 South Outer Rattanakosin

The Potters' Village 145

Walk 11 North Outer City

Beyond the City Wall 163

Walk 12 Dusit

Almost Heaven 175

Walk 13 Chinatown 1

The Shady Ladies of Sampeng Lane 191

Walk 14 Chinatown 2

On the Waterfront 199

Walk 15 Chinatown 3

Along the Dragon's Back 209

Walk 16 The European District 1

The Sea of Mud 219

Walk 17 The European District 2

Temple of the Chinese Junk 234

Walk 18 Bangrak

The Village of Love 246

Walk 19 Rama III Road and Bang Krachao

The Hidden Island 265

Walk 20 Pathum Wan 1

The Jim Thompson Legend 280

Walk 21 Pathum Wan 2

The Lotus Forest 292

Walk 22 Pathum Wan 3

Mr Sukkumvit 306

Index 316

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