The Dark Side of Bangkok in a Surreal Walking Tour

July 28, 2014 by | Filed Under: Authentic Experiences, Culinary, News, Thailand

Visitors often see Bangkok as an enormous modern metropolis, full of expressways, massive department stores and skyscrapers, but there is another (more hidden) side which clearly shows the origins of a people who still believe in traditions from years gone by. Let the video introduce you to this ancient side of Bangkok.

From the Giant Swing we walk towards the ‘prison park’ which nowadays offers plenty of shade and a lot of activities for exercising locals. We get off the main road and explore narrow alleys and walkways, walk past 2-storey houses, open living rooms right on the street, home industries, and much more. We see gun-repair shops that have been around since the times of Bangkok’s first know serial killer, Si Quey.

Bangkok gun repair shop

Old neighbourhoods like these still have their ‘fresh’ market where lots of food products are sold every day. In some cases the food stalls are just extensions from the living rooms! Whether fresh fish, raw meat, fresh fruit, moslim martabak (delicious stuffed pancake) or Thai curries and desserts, it’s all available here.

Bangkok food shop

Next we have a look at the city pillar, or Lak Muang. Many locals pay respect to the City Pillar Shrine and ask for good fortune and glory.

We leave the City pillar, cross Sanam Luang and walk through Bangkok’s biggest amulet market, near Wat Mahathat, between Maharat Road and the river. Hundreds of the faithful come here to find a Buddha that will bring good fortune, or ward off evil. The amulet market also features charms, talismans, and traditional medicine.

Bangkok amulet market

From here we  go for a lunch with great views of the Chao Phraya River. Those with a fairly strong stomach can cross the river to visit the Siriraj Medical Museum for more ‘dark tourism’ insights.

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