The Old and Inspiring Side of Bangkok
One of our guests, Charlotte Bodlaender, so excited about the “The Surreal Bangkok Walking Tour” she joined with her mom, decided to write a blog about it. She is happy to have traveled a lot already in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Even though she had visited Bangkok four times before, this walking tour in the streets of Bangkok was a totally different experience for her.
Enjoying the beauty of Rattanakosin – the historical area of Bangkok – in the early morning, we almost forgot we were in Bangkok, a city of immense contradictions. “The Surreal Bangkok Walking Tour” is a combination of culture, nature, history and culinary delicacies.
This tour started at the beautiful Giant Swing (Sao Ching Cha) monument listening to historical stories of Bangkok that I had never heard before. We walked through an adjacent park feeling the fresh morning serenity. The local inhabitants were out doing their exercises until they gave pause for their beloved King’s Anthem at exactly 8 o’clock. In only two minutes, the ambiance of the whole park changed completely and we felt really honored to be in the midst of this.
We delighted in the charm of the local communities—colorful houses surrounded by little canals and bridges and infused with the smell of cooking food. Touring the local food market continued the stimulation of all of our sense organs. The color palette of the food and flowers at this authentic market was really magnificent. To me this is really one of the things to do when in Bangkok.
Phraeng Phuton, also on Rattanakosin Island, is a very photogenic and colorful neighborhood where l felt the positivity of a vibrant community. There were many cultural activities and events organized. The charm was not only seeing things, but also tasting their heavenly dishes! We then went to Wat Lak Muang (the City Pillar Shrine), a fascinating royal temple. As we watched the Thai people making their offerings, we realized how preciously they value their Buddhist faith.
Sanam Luang, also known as the royal field, lies in front of the Grand Palace. Walking across this large open space to reach the amulet market, we saw a beautiful view of the golden pagodas of the Grand Palace sparkling in the sunlight. The next stop was the amulet market, the biggest market for Buddhist amulets, charms, talismans and traditional medicines. Fortunetellers told us that every amulet brings a specific kind of luck.
We ended our inspiring walking tour with lovely Thai food at a really nice restaurant near the Chao Phraya River. The Surreal Bangkok Walking Tour has given us another image of Bangkok, something we would definitely recommend to everyone visiting this wonderful city. If anybody is asking about what to do in Bangkok, this definitely belongs to the highlights of Bangkok.