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

By Gregory Byrne Bracken

This can be Bangkok such as you have by no means obvious it ahead of. the writer takes you on an architectural experience throughout 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 plenty of different old fashioned corners. during this revised version of the e-book, present walks were converted 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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A faint reminder of those days is the sight of thousands of barn swallows that come to nest in the few remaining trees between October and March. Walk along Silom Rd, away from the Sala Daeng Skytrain Station, and you will come to the whimsical little windmill sculpture sitting at the heart of the busy junction of roadway and water where Silom Rd crosses the canal at Narathiwatratchanakharin Rd. This sculpture obviously takes its name from Silom Rd — Silom being Thai for windmill. Located on either side of Silom Soi 9 (Soi Suksa Witthaya), which is the next left after Narathiwatratchanakharin Rd, are Christian cemeteries.

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. You will see the delicate gothic-style Christ Church upon the corner. This quaint and pretty church looks rather like an Anglican parish church, and seems, as a result, a little misplaced among the swaying palm trees.

The Sukhothai is a stylish 224-room hotel with an understated elegance that is both modern and yet distinctly Thai. Its long, low buildings have shady colonnades overlooking beautiful pools and gardens, some of which feature traditional-looking chedis. The hotel’s interior makes generous use of shimmering silk on its wall panels and has an impressive collection of contemporary terracotta bas-reliefs replicating those found in Sukhothai, Thailand’s ancient capital. The hotel’s Sunday brunch has become a Bangkok institution.

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